Calshot Activities Centre

Track Cycling at Calshot Velodrome

Calshot has the only indoor banked velodrome in the South of England. This national standard track was built in 1997 and can be used by a wide range of cyclists from novices to international standard. As long as you can ride a bike you can have a go under the watchful eye of a coach.

Cycling on Calshot velodrome couldn’t be easier. We offer four levels of progression, from the ‘have a go’ first timer, through to confident track rider.

Fitness requirements

Our courses are rated in terms of fitness demand to help you decide if they are right for you

Low: A person who enjoys an active lifestyle
Medium: These people will participate regularly in aerobic activities such as cycling, swimming, running etc
High: These people will participate in aerobic activities (see above) at least twice per week
Very High: Cyclists capable of riding at moderate speeds (18mph>)for prolonged periods (15 minutes>) on the track

Four Stages - you choose how many you do!

Stage One – TrackStart

For adults and children 12 years and upwards

Excellent fun for people wanting to try the track. All abilities are catered for, you just need to be able to ride a bike. You will progress at a pace suitable to the group, allowing you to learn the basics and get a real buzz from riding the track. We supply bikes, helmets and first rate coaching.

Recommended Fitness Requirement: Low

Course prices: £28 Adults, £23 Children (12 years upwards)

Date Time Code
21 November 2014 1930 - 2100 TS 39
22 November 2014 0900 - 1030 TS 40
19 December 2014 1930 - 2100 TS 41
20 December 2014 0900 - 1030 TS 42
05 January 2015 1930 - 2100 TS 1
17 January 2015 0900 - 1030 TS 2
30 January 2015 1930 - 2100 TS 3
13 February 2015 1930 - 2100 TS 4
21 February 2015 0900 - 1030 TS 5
06 March 2015 1930 - 2100 TS 6
13 March 2015 1930 - 2100 TS 7
21 March 2015 0900 - 1030 TS 8

Course content

Purpose

These 90 minute sessions are designed to give riders an experience involving ‘fixed-wheel’ track bikes, riding at various height levels on the track.

Description

Progression is paced according to the group’s ability as a whole, rather than at higher individual ability. The session is concerned with acquiring skills and knowledge to enable the rider to ride safely at Calshot Track. Though some riders may be a little challenged, do not expect a training session!

Contents

Typically the sessions may include

  • Allocation and sizing a bike to fit the rider
  • Short discussion on the characteristics of a track bike
  • Basic braking drill on a flat surface inside the track
  • Intermediate & Advanced braking drills on the green inner track
  • Cornering drills on the ‘Cote d’Azur (pale blue band)
  • Riding on the track between the black & red lines at the bottom of the track, progressing
  • Riding at higher points on the track
  • De-brief, including an outline of further track riding options

Equipment

We supply track bikes, shoes and helmets. Customers are advised to bring their own helmets to save time adjusting the centre helmets to fit. Our bikes are equipped with Look Keo2 pedals. Those riders who use the same pedals may prefer to use their own shoes. We suggest that long-sleeved tops and trousers/cycle tights are worn whilst track cycling.

Please note that we do not permit riders to use their own pedals

 

Stages 1 & 2 SLIPSTREAM

For riders in a hurry! Fast-track your way from track novice to GAS in three weeks, as we progress from basic skills such as braking and steering, through riding closer together, to team pursuit drills.

SLIPSTREAM has a strong focus on skill development and track etiquette to progress and build confidence.

Please note!
Progress from Slipstream to GAS is dependant on the skill levels reached by individual riders and therefore cannot be guaranteed

Recommended Fitness Requirement: Medium

Evenings: 3 x 1.5 hour sessions until October then 2 x 2 hour sessions

Date Time Code
12, 19 Nov 2014 1930 - 2130 SS 15
10, 17 Dec 2014 1930 - 2130 SS 16
7, 14 Jan 2015 1930 - 2130 SS 1
18, 25 Feb 2015 1930 - 2130 SS 2
11, 18 Mar 2015 1930 - 2130 SS 3

Weekend Sessions (4 hours)

Date Time Code
08 November 2014 0900 - 1300 SSD 13
13 December 2014 0900 - 1300 SSD 14
10 January 2015 0900 - 1300 SSD 1
24 January 2015 0900 - 1300 SSD 2
07 February 2015 0900 - 1300 SSD 3
14 February 2015 0900 - 1300 SSD 4
28 February 2015 0900 - 1300 SSD 5
14 March 2015 0900 - 1300 SSD 6
28 March 2015 0900 - 1300 SSD 7
 

Let's go Group Riding

For those cyclists who have had a TrackStart session in the last 12 months and want to try the next exciting step of riding the track with others. The sessions develop bike-handling and cornering skills before moving on to team pursuit-type drills. The aim is to bring riders up to the level required for the GAS sessions.

Please note! Progress from Group Riding to GAS is dependant on the skill levels reached by individual riders and therefore cannot be guaranteed

Recommended Fitness Requirement: Medium

£48 Adults £37 Children (Min age 12)

Date Time Code
15 November 2014 0930 – 1230 FGR 12
13 December 2014 1430 – 1730 FGR 13
17 January 2015 1430 – 1730 FGR 1
24 January 2015 1430 – 1730 FGR 2
21 February 2015 1430 – 1730 FGR 3
8 Februry 2015 0930 – 1230 FGR 4
7 March 2015 0930 – 1230 FGR 5
 

Stage Three - GAS

For graduates of SLIPSTREAM and Group Riding, who have attended the Calshot track in the last six months.

This session will develop group riding abilities and include sprinting techniques and drills for riding safely and effectively at higher speeds. Riders will be assessed throughout the course.

Please note that progression to the next level is not guaranteed.

Recommended Fitness Requirement: Medium/High

Thursdays or Saturdays

£26 including equipment hire. Minimum age 16 years

Date Day Time Code
22 November 2014 Sat 1045 – 1245 GAS 21
6 December 2014 Sat 1045 – 1245 GAS 22
15 January 2015 Thu 1930 - 2130 GAS 1
17 January 2015 Sat 1045 – 1245 GAS 2
26 February 2015 Thu 1930 - 2130 GAS 3
12 March 2015 Thu 1930 - 2130 GAS 4
 

GAS Plus

GAS Plus brings together the elements learned in Stages 2 and 3. Skill development exercises added to endurance and sprint drills of a more complex nature will work on rider competence and may challenge fitness levels.

Riders should have completed a GAS session in the past three months. Riders can repeat this course as many times as they wish.

Recommended Fitness Requirement: High/Very High

£58.50 (includes all equipment hire)

Thursdays (minimum age 16years)

Date Time Code
4, 11, 18 Dec 2014 1930 - 2100 GP 13
5, 12, 19 Feb 2015 1930 - 2100 GP 1
19, 26, Mar, 2 Apr 2015 1930 - 2100 GP 2
 
Fast track your performance via private tuition1 person
  • 45 minutes £50
  • 1.5 hrs £80
  • 3 hrs £150
  • 6 hrs £260 (includes lunch)
Second person is 50% extra, for 3 or more enquire about our group rates
 

Rider Assessments

Our experience has shown that it is beneficial to the safety of riders and for the general flow of the sessions, to try and ensure that riders are booked onto the session appropriate to their ability and fitness levels.

Riders progressing through the ‘Tour de Calshot’ programme are continually assessed by the coaches and can seek advice from those coaches regarding these sessions.

Riders wanting to ride Stage 4 who have not been through the ‘Tour’ system will need to speak to a Calshot coach for guidance

Group Bookings and Club Training

The velodrome is available for hire to groups and clubs during evenings and weekends. You may bring a cycle coach or arrange for one of ours.

Club Equipment Hire Charges

Bike hire (adult other) £11
Bike hire (under 18) £8.20
Track shoe hire £3.90
 
Cycling on the indoor track at Calshot