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!
A report posted on Facebook by member Phillip Harris. A team qualification of NFCC riders and a number of NFCC individual entries completed the event. 2018 Velothon Wales 140K Team Race Championship Male & Mixed. “Delighted to report that the NFCC came an impressive 8th out of 268 teams at Velo Wales. Well done to […]
On Wednesday 28th June Bob Jolliffe rode the Wessex VTTA 15 mile championship in a time of 40:21 for 20th place. Antony Green recorded 31:07 to take 4th place, all the Wessex male vets being bested by Sarah Matthews on plus time. On the 1st July Richard Parker rode the Jubilee 25 and just missed […]