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Track CyclingTrack cycling is one of the oldest forms of competitive cycling and has been at the centre of Great Britain’s recent Olympic success. It takes place on banked velodromes, both indoor and outdoor, using track specific fixed wheel bikes with no brakes or gears.
Track cycling requires and banked velodrome and we are lucky to have an indoor velodrome in Derby and an outdoor one at Halesowen that are fairly local.
Indoor tracks are typically 250m long with a smooth wooden surface and steeply banked corners whereas outdoor are longer, less steeply banked and with a tarmac or concrete surface.
Riding the track is a great experience for any rider and the sensation of riding on an indoor velodrome is like nothing else in cycling. The steeply banked bends of an indoor track can be intimidating for a first time rider but fortunately, there are well established pathways for getting you safely up on the boards and Solihull CC has a number of British Cycling accredited Track Coaches to support our riders.
For adults there are occasional club taster sessions or the Accredited Rider pathway at any of the UK indoor velodromes.
Accreditation involves four coached and assessed sessions which, once completed, will allow the rider to attend training and racing sessions at any UK indoor track.
Our youth riders can participate in Cluster Sessions at Derby which take riders aged 9 and over. These sessions run regularly throughout the year and will take riders from their first taste of the track all the way to racing in the youth track leagues.
Accreditation at outdoor tracks is usually run by the track club.
Track cycling races are typically shorter, faster and more furious than other cycling races and are a supreme test of a riders fitness, bike skills and tactical awareness. Racing comes in a variety of different events, both individual and bunch races, with a mix of longer endurance and shorter sprint races.
The normal format is the Track League with weekly meetings run in the evenings. Riders participate in four different races each night so it’s a test of recovery as well as fitness and skill. Indoor leagues take place in the winter with outdoor leagues making the most of the warm summer evenings.
There are Youth, Adult & Veteran track leagues at Derby as well as the excellent Friday Night Track League at Halesowen.
Youth riders also get a series of Omnium events across the Midlands through the early summer which enable them to qualify for the National Omnium Championships.