What is a Velodrome?

A velodrome is an elliptical bicycle track, usually 150-500 meters in length. Surfaced with timber, synthetics, concrete, macadam or cinder, velodromes are designed for sport cycling using track bicycles. Typically, a velodrome track has two straights and two 180° curves, with banking steepness directly related to track length: the smaller that track, the steeper the banking. A 250 meter track (the Olympic standard), banks around 45°. A variety of cycling events take place in a velodrome: sprint, Keirin, points, Madison and more. Suitable for riders of all levels, velodromes offer an exhilarating, safe and satisfying sport cycling experience.

Velodrome Bikes

Velodrome bicycles, also known as track bicycles, have no gears or breaks. Power from the pedals goes directly to the rear wheel via a chain, with the pedals providing the only means of breaking as well. Keeping wight to a minimum, track bikes allow high-level riders to go 80kph or oven faster. Superelevation is achieved when the speed is sufficient for the rider to travel perpendicular to the surface.

Track Initiation

Learn how to ride

Experience class // Track certification // Advanced certification

Learn to compete

Introduction to competitions // Endurance training // Sprint training

Young riders

Experience // Learn to ride // Classes

How to begin

The track is open all days of the week and it is suitable for riders from the age of 8 at all levels of riding.
On the track you can rider with a special bikes, that can be rented on the spot. There are two options for riding the track

1

Experience lesson

The experience includes about two hours of training to get to know and develop the tools for riding at the Olympic Velodrome. We will learn rules of conduct and safety in the velodrome, we will go over the bikes and the difference between them for “regular” bikes and we will learn riding skills designed for the velodrome. Riders of all levels are welcome to try.

We will learn the principles of riding a pixie bike (fixed gear), controlling the bike, riding without stopping, getting in and out of the track, riding the track and a detour. We will also perform individual laps and group rides. Riders will get to know:

  • The bike, safe ascent and descent and how to stop.
  • Track riding areas, safe ascent and descent, individual and group riding and track terminology.
  • The riders will go over the existing assignments in track riding and experience some of them according to the level of the riders.
  • Finally, there will be a competition and personal time measurement.

2

Certification track

The certification includes four sessions of about two hours of training to get to know and develop the tools for riding at an Olympic velodrome. We will learn rules of conduct and safety in the velodrome, we will go over the bikes and the difference between them for “regular” bikes and we will learn riding skills designed for the velodrome. Riders of all levels are welcome.

We will learn the principles of riding a pixie bike (fixed gear), controlling the bike, riding without stopping, getting in and out of the track, riding the track and a detour. We will also perform individual laps and group rides.

It is mandatory to complete a track certification successfully, in order to continue to advanced agreements and sign up for open training hours and competitions.

Arriving at training

What to expect