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
02 August 2014 1.45pm–3.15pm TS 26
03 August 2014 9am–10.30am TS 28
09 August 2014 1.45pm–3.15pm TS 29
31 August 2014 9am–10.30am TS 32
13 September 2014 9am–10.30am TS 34
05 October 2014 9am–10.30am TS 35
06 October 2014 7.30pm–9pm TS 36
20 October 2014 7.30pm–9pm TS 37
07 November 2014 7.30pm–9pm TS 38
21 November 2014 7.30pm–9pm TS 39
22 November 2014 9am–10.30am TS 40
19 December 2014 7.30pm–9pm TS 41
20 December 2014 9am–10.30am TS 42
05 January 2015 7.30pm–9pm TS 1
17 January 2015 9am–10.30am TS 2
30 January 2015 7.30pm–9pm TS 3
13 February 2015 7.30pm–9pm TS 4
21 February 2015 9am–10.30am TS 5
06 March 2015 7.30pm–9pm TS 6
13 March 2015 7.30pm–9pm TS 7
21 March 2015 9am–10.30am TS 8

Course content


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.

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
26 Aug, 2, 9 September 7.30pm–9.30pm SS 12
16, 23 30 September 7.30pm–9.30pm SS 13
8, 15 Oct 2014 7.30pm–9.30pm SS 14
12, 19 Nov 2014 7.30pm–9.30pm SS 15
10, 17 Dec 2014 7.30pm–9.30pm SS 16
7, 14 Jan 2015 7.30pm–9.30pm SS 1
18, 25 Feb 2015 7.30pm–9.30pm SS 2
11, 18 Mar 2015 7.30pm–9.30pm SS 3

Weekend Sessions (4 hours)

Date Time Code
Sat 12 July 9am–1pm SSD 9
Sun 27 July 9am–1pm SSD 9A
Sat 2 August 9am–1pm SSD 10
Sat 30 August 9am–1pm SSD 11
18 October 2014 9am–1pm SSD 12
08 November 2014 9am–1pm SSD 13
13 December 2014 9am–1pm SSD 14
10 January 2015 9am–1pm SSD 1
24 January 2015 9am–1pm SSD 2
07 February 2015 9am–1pm SSD 3
14 February 2015 9am–1pm SSD 4
28 February 2015 9am–1pm SSD 5
14 March 2015 9am–1pm SSD 6
28 March 2015 9am–1pm 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
9 August 9.30am–12.30pm FGR 8
31 August 1.45pm–4.45pm FGR 9
20 September 9.30am–12.30pm FGR 10
25 October 2014 9.30am–12.30pm FGR 11
15 November 2014 9.30am–12.30pm FGR 12
13 December 2014 2.30pm–5.30pm FGR 13
17 January 2015 2.30pm–5.30pm FGR 1
24 January 2015 2.30pm–5.30pm FGR 2
21 February 2015 2.30pm–5.30pm FGR 3
8 Februry 2015 9.30am–12.30pm FGR 4
07 March 2015 9.30am–12.30pm 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
14 August Thu 7.30pm–9.30pm GAS 16
11 September Thu 7.30pm–9.30pm GAS 17
13 September Sat 10.45am–12.45pm GAS 18
09 October 2014 Thu 7.30pm–9.30pm GAS 19
16 October 2014 Thu 7.30pm–9.30pm GAS 20
22 November 2014 Sat 10.45am–12.45pm GAS 21
06 December 2014 Sat 10.45am–12.45pm GAS 22
15 January 2015 Thu 7.30pm–9.30pm GAS 1
17 January 2015 Sat 10.45am–12.45pm GAS 2
26 February 2015 Thu 7.30pm–9.30pm GAS 3
12 March 2015 Thu 7.30pm–9.30pm 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 Date Code
21, 28 August, 4 September 7.30pm–9.30pm GP 9
18, 25 September, 2 October 7.30pm–9.30pm GP 10
23, 30, Oct , 6 Nov 2014 7.30pm–9.30pm GP 11
13, 20, 27 Nov 2014 7.30pm–9.30pm GP 12
4, 11, 18 Dec 2014 7.30pm–9.30pm GP 13
5, 12, 19 Feb 2015 7.30pm–9.30pm GP 1
19, 26, Mar, 2 Apr 2015 7.30pm–9.30pm 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