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!
I’ve had the following information from Bob Jolliffe, many of the long term members or older riders will remember Geoff racing as well as being involved in club organisation. Former long-term New Forest CC secretary Geoff Smith is in Southampton General Hospital with a broken leg after falling from his bike on the A337 at […]
Update from Bob Jolliffe with his weekend activities – New Forest CC’s 66-year-old Bob Jolliffe had a brilliant social weekend at the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists’ Track Championships at the Derby Arena Velodrome, even if his attempts at racing were lacklustre. Despite only finishing in one event of two entered, the Group F (age […]