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!
Paul Lockyer capped off a stellar first season as a New Forest CC member by taking the Hill Climb victory at Bolderwood last Sunday. The hill climb is a short brutal affair where maximum effort is required for just a few minutes. NFCC use the climb from Millyford Bridge to the top of Bolderwood […]
New Forest CC was well represented at the UCI Amateur World Championships in Albi, France last week. NFCC had three competitors in the Individual Time Trial: Paul Lockyer, Stewart Ward and Andrew Hanley and two competitors in the Road Race: Duncan Jones and Stewart Ward. It had been blisteringly hot in Albi all week and […]