Track cycling is booming following Team GB’s impressive successes worldwide in recent times…and it’s accessible locally.
In principle, the bikes have no brakes and fixed wheels … in practice, this makes for much safer riding (as long as you follow the rules!) as unexpected braking and erratic changes of pace are largely eliminated.
Tracks vary in distance and can be indoor or outdoor. There are only 4 indoor velodromes in the UK, but we are fortunate to have one locally in Calshot and they offer beginners courses, intermediate and advanced training throughout October to March, hosting for coaching sessions (yes, the Team GB development squads are often seen down there) and hosting of a winter track league, where various disciplines and distances are available.
For those used to time trialling, the same can be offered on the track … and there is a real buzz to riding in a string at high speed, putting your trust in the rider 8 inches ahead of you. For endurance riders, there are longer distance events which really come into their own on the big tracks at Manchester and Newport and on the outdoor tracks. Sprinters are in their element on the track too .. the short ‘matchplay’ events are fast and competitive.
Track riding is great fun and will improve your bike-handling skills .. give it a go!
New Forest CC held round seven of the 10 series after a few weeks of longer club championship rides. Round seven was held on the P164, Boltons Bench course on a stiflingly hot evening with little breeze to cool the riders down. Paul Lockyer did not display any of the fatigue he was describing before […]
A high quality field came out on a scorching early summer evening to participate in the New Forest Club Championship 25 mile TT. The course was two laps from Ringwood down the Winkton, Bransgore and Crow. Paul Lockyer managed his effort perfectly to record an incredible time of 56:04. At the half way point […]