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 very good field for an evening 25, with the Jubilee slightly outnumbering the Forest, but also a trio of Fareham Wheelers riders. However, with one DNF each for the two clubs due to punctures, and one DNF for the Jubilee due to going off course, the finishing numbers for the Inter-club were the same. […]
Bob Jolliffe has been in touch with some of his recent results. On Weds, July 3, he rode the a3crg Middlemarkers’ 25 on P884b/25 finishing with 1-06-47 which he says is his best in England since 1983, giving him a plus of 5-18 on standard for a 66-year-old. The following Weds he clocked his best […]