Track Cycling at Calshot Velodrome
Late availability - Trackstart 25 May, 1.45pm-3.15pm
A late cancellation means we have one place left on this Saturday's course.
Contact us 023 8089 2077
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.
Track cycling is the fastest growing branch of the sport, due in major part to the successes which the Great Britain squad has enjoyed at World Championship and Olympic levels over the last few years. If you need further convincing, just think... "lightweight bikes, no wind, no rain and no cars!"
Cycling on Calshot velodrome couldn’t be easier. We offer four levels of progression, from the ‘have a go’ first timer, through to race ready track rider.
Four Stages - you choose how many you do!
For adults and children 12years 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. +
Course prices: £28 Adults, £23 Children (12 years upwards)
|2 June||TS 17|
|22 June||TS 19|
|14 July||TS 21|
|3 August||TS 23|
|1 September||TS 25|
|21 September||TS 27|
|25 May||TS 16A|
|10 June||TS 18|
|1 July||TS 20|
|22 July||TS 22|
|12 August||TS 24|
|2 September||TS 26|
|23 September||TS 23|
These 90 minute sessions are designed to give riders an experience involving ‘fixed-wheel’ track bikes, riding at various height levels on the track.
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!
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
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.
Progress from Slipstream to GAS is dependant on the skill levels reached by individual riders and therefore cannot be guaranteed
Night Sessions (3 x 1.5 hours)
|7pm-8.30pm||£55 Adults, £45 Children (minimum age 12)|
|28 May, 4, 11 June||SSE 6|
|27 June, 4, 11 July||SSE 7|
|24, 30 July, 6 August||SSE 8|
|22, 29 August, 5 September||SSE 9|
|17, 24 September, 1 October||SSE 10|
Weekend Sessions (4 hours)
|9am-1pm||£50, Adults and Juniors (minimum age 16 years)|
|15 June||SSD 3|
|6 July (1pm-5pm)||SSD 4|
|10 August||SSD 5|
|7 September||SSD 6|
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
|0930–1230 except otherwise stated||£48 Adults £37 Children (Min age 12)|
|16 June (1400–1700)||FGR 7|
|20 July||FGR 8|
|17 August||FGR 9|
|9 September||FGR 10|
|28 September||FGR 11|
GAS (Group Accelerator Session)
For graduates of SLIPSTREAM! and Group Riding.
During the summer our track cycling programme will undergo some changes to meet the demands of our customers. Gas will revert to being one 2 hour session, which will include 'Through and Off' (team pursuit drills) and sprinting
|7pm-9pm||Adults only||£26 including bike and shoe hire|
|30 May||GAS 7|
|25 June||GAS 10|
|25 July||GAS 12|
|20 August||GAS 14|
|19 September||GAS 16|
|14 October||GAS 17|
|10.45am-12.45pm||Adults only||£26 including bike and shoe hire|
|22 June||GAS 9|
|7 July (11am-1pm)||GAS 11|
|3 August||GAS 13|
|31 August (8.50am-10.50am)||GAS 15|
Stage Four - GAS PlusWednesdays 7pm-9pm£15 (excludes Bike hire £4.70 per session, Shoe hire £3.90 per session)These sessions are great opportunities for cyclists who have progressed from Stage 3.The sessions will be structured to develop skills, competence and confidence, while learning more advanced manouvres. With a variety of drills offered, the emphasis will be on endurance riding, as well as including a sprint content. All sessions must be booked in advanceEarly booking is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment. The sessions are restricted to a maximum of 16 riders and need a minimum of 6 riders to go ahead. Our policy is to check on take-up at 1300hrs on the day preceding the session, to determine that it will run.
GAS Plus dates
- 22 May
- 5 June
- 19 June
- 3 July
- 17 July
- 31 July
- 14 August
- 28 August
- 11 September
- 25 September
Rider AssessmentsOur 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
- 45 minutes £50
- 1.5 hrs £80
- 3 hrs £150
- 6 hrs £260 (includes lunch)
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)||£10.50|
|Bike hire (under 18)||£7.90|
|Track shoe hire||£3.90|