Track cycling is raced on tracks called velodromes. These can be indoor or outdoor and are usually 250 – 500 metres in circumference. Track bikes are fixed gear bikes without brakes. In sprint events, athletes generally use large gears which take enormous amounts of power to get going! With fixed gears, cyclists are forced to continue to pedal, even when slowing down. Speeds of 40-60 km/hr are common in endurance track cycling events.
Track cycling involves a number of sprint and “track endurance” events. Both individual and team events exist. These include pure sprint events such as the individual and team sprints; long sprints such as the 500 m and 1000 m time trials and the Kieren; middle distance events such as the individual and team pursuits; and endurance events such as the Madison, scratch, handicap and points races.
Track racing is held at the Narrabundah Velodrome: - Kyemma Street (Off Goyder Street, Narrabundah), follow Kyemma Street to the end, through the Narrabundah Oval carpark, past the playing fields to Eastern end. Google Maps
The Narrabundah Velodrome was constructed in the 1970’s, is outdoors, constructed in concrete and is 333mtrs in circumference.
Both the Canberra Cycling Club and Vikings Cycling Club run track racing and training sessions.
Canberra Cycling Club
Vikings Cycling Club
Details: The program for each VCC track racing session varies each week, and has a season long point score for weekly handicapping. Racing is for juniors and seniors (including women and masters).
Cost: $10 (juniors no charge)
Contact Tony O'Connor on 0412 868 425 or Jim Veal on 0438 689 814 for more details.
Details: Training sessions are open to all age groups and VCC welcomes new riders who wish to try the track. VCC has track bikes available for loan (including a good range of frame sizes), just bring your own pedals, shoes, etc. VCC also has a limited number of pedals with toeclips and straps for riders who don't use cleated shoes.
VCC is happy to cater for dedicated track novice sessions if there is sufficient interest.
Contact: Jim Veal 0438 689 814
Track Cycling is a fun, fast and exciting sport suitable for all ages and abilities.
Track racing is ideal to teach young riders excellent bike handling skills
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