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)

Weekends 9am-10.30am Midweek 7pm-8.30pm  
16 February (1.30pm-3pm)   TS 4a
16 February (3.15-4.45pm)   TS 4b
  21 February TS 5
8 March   TS 6
  21 March TS 7
30 March   TS 8
05 April (1.45-3.15pm)   TS 9
05 April (3.30-5pm)   TS 10
06 April (1.45-3.15pm)   TS 11
06 April(3.30-5pm)   TS 12
  07 April (7.30pm-9pm) TS 13
13 April   TS 14
03 May   TS 15
11 May   TS 16
  12 May (7.30-9pm) TS 17
25 May   TS 18
  02 June (7.30-9pm) TS 19
14 June   TS 20
22 June   TS 21
  30 June (7.30-9pm) TS 22
06 July   TS 23
19 July   TS 24
  28 July (7.30-9pm) TS 25
02 August (1.45-3.15pm)   TS 26
02 August (3.30pm-5pm)   TS 27
03 August   TS 28
09 August (1.45-3.15pm)   TS 29
10 August   TS 30
16 August   TS 31
31 August   TS 32
  08 September (7.30-9pm) TS 33
13 September   TS 34
05 October   TS 35

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

Night Sessions (3 x 1.5 hours)

7pm-8.30pm                £55 Adults, £45 Children (minimum age 12)  
29 January, 5, 12 February SS 2  
19 & 26 February, 5 March SS 3  
12, 19, 26 March SS 4  
1, 8, 15 April (7.30pm-9pm) SS 5  
22, 29 April, 6 May (7.30pm-9pm) SS 6  
13, 20, 27 May (7.30pm-9pm) SS 7  
3, 10, 17 June (7.30pm-9pm) SS 8  
24 June, 1, 8 July (7.30pm-9pm) SS 9  
15, 22, 29 July (7.30pm-9pm) SS 10  
5, 12, 19 August (7.30pm-9pm) SS 11  
26 Aug, 2, 9 September (7.30pm-9pm) SS 12  
16, 23 30 September (7.30pm-9pm) SS 13  

Weekend Sessions (4 hours)

9am-1pm £55 Adults and Juniors (minimum age 16 years)  
1 March SSD 3  
29 March SSD 4  
12 April SSD 5  
03 May (1.45pm-5.45pm) SSD 6  
31 May SSD 7  
21 June(1.45pm-5.45pm) SSD 8  
12 July SSD 9  
02 August SSD 10  
30 August SSD 11  
 

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

09301230 except otherwise stated £48 Adults £37 Children (Min age 12)
16 February FGR 2
15 March FGR 3
05 April FGR 4
06 Apri FGR 5
04 May (1.45pm-4.45pm) FGR 6
19 July (1.45pm-4.45pm) FGR 7
9 August FGR 8
31 August (1.45pm-4.45pm) FGR 9
20 September FGR 10
 

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

Evenings, 7pm-9pm,
7.30-9.30 from April onwards
  Weekends, 10.45am-12.45pm  
27 February GAS 4    
27 March GAS 5    
02 April GAS 6    
24 April GAS 7    
    11 May GAS 8
22 May GAS 9    
    01 June (9am-11am) GAS 10
19 June GAS 11    
    05 July (9am-11am) GAS 12
17 July GAS 13    
    20 July (9am-11am) GAS 14
    10 August (11am-1pm) GAS 15
14 August GAS 16    
11 September GAS 17    
    13 September GAS 18
 

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

Thursdays,7pm-9pm (minimum age 16years) £58.50 (includes all equipment hire)  
6, 13, 20 February GP 2  
6, 13, 20 March GP 3  
3, 10, 17 April (7.30-9.30pm) GP 4  
1, 8, 15 May (7.30-9.30pm) GP 5  
29 May, 5, 12 June (7.30-9.30pm) GP 6  
26 June, 3, 10 July (7.30-9.30pm) GP 7  
24, 31 July 7 August (7.30-9.30pm) GP 8  
21, 28 August, 4 September (7.30-9.30pm) GP 9  
18, 25 September, 2 October (7.30-9.30pm) GP 10  
 
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) £10.50
Bike hire (under 18) £7.90
Track shoe hire £3.90
 
Cycling on the indoor track at Calshot