Track cycling has seen a resurgence since Great Britain accumulated an almighty seven Gold medals at the 2012 Olympics.
The interest hasn’t quietened down, either – and we don’t just want to watch track cycling – many of us want to have a go, too. And rightly so – track cycling gives you such a buzz.
Unlike road, mountain biking or commuting, you can’t really ‘track cycle’ anywhere in the country – you certainly can’t grab your bike and go unless you live in the shadow of a velodrome.
Most velodromes offer ‘taster sessions’, where anyone can drop in and have fun. However, if you want to start taking part in structured training sessions, or race, you often have to take an ‘accreditation’ course, much like a driving test.
The hurdle might seem a little off-putting – but the accreditation sessions involve tons of riding, and clubs and velodromes welcome new members. Here’s a look at the UK velodromes, and what you need to do to ride regularly on the boards…