York Sport Velodrome
York Sport Village is home to Yorkshire’s only outdoor velodrome! Our 250m Olympic-sized outdoor velodrome has 30 degree banking at each end, providing an exhilarating cycling experience unique to Yorkshire. Our velodrome has hosted cycling competitions, Olympic training events and even the Micklegate run Soapbox testing day.
Accreditation Pathway (the four levels)
To get pedalling on the Velodrome follow our accreditation pathway. The simple process can be tailored to your needs – whether you’re a rider wanting to train and compete, or someone simply wanting to try out track cycling. You can pause and practice at any point in the process, or push on through and progress into a fully accredited track cyclist! Track bike and helmet hire are available.
Level 1: Track cycling taster/beginner (introduction to track cycling) – 1 hour
Monday or Tuesday – 6.00pm – 7.00pm
(excluding Tuesday 5th July, 2nd August & 6th September)
The first level on the pathway is for riders who are new to the velodrome and need to learn the basics. Teaches you basic control and safety which include stopping and starting, basic pace judgement, accelerating, slowing down, using the track to speed up and slow down, whilst practicing your observational skills.
Level 2: Improver (improving your track cycling) – 1 hour
Monday – 7:15pm – 8:15pm
This is the second level of the pathway and is for riders who have successfully passed beginner session (level 1) and demonstrated mastery of the basics to ride the velodrome safely. Building on the foundational skills learnt at level 1, you will move to riding in small groups of 2- 4 riders, in a line along and across the track. In addition, you will be able to comfortably ride above the blue line.
Level 3: Intermediate (track cycling skills) – 1 hour
Monday – 8:30pm – 9:30pm
This is the third level on the accreditation pathway and can only be booked once you have sucessfully passed Improver session (level 2). Building on the skills learnt at levels 1 and 2, you will move to riding in small groups of 6 riders, in a line along and across the track. You will be able to comfortably ride at the top of the track. We introduce changes in the group formation, stacking riding up and down the banking (lumps and bumps) there will also be some coach led drills, to demonstrate & practice the skills you have learnt so far.
Level 4: Accreditation (track cycling accreditation) – 2 hours
First Tuesday of each month – 6:00pm – 8:00pm:
- Tuesday 7th June
- Tuesday 5th July
- Tuesday 5th August
- Tuesday 6th September
This is the final level of the pathway when you will acheive your track cycling accreditation. This session can only be booked once all three previous levels have been sucessfully passed. Once you have completed all the nessacary criteria and the coach has signed you off, you will recieve your track accreditation. This is the final assessment and enables you to ride on the velodrome without a coach present, take part in Structured Training sessions and to compete in the track league.
Accredited Riders Structured Training – 1 hour
Tuesday – 7:15pm – 8:15pm (excluding Tuesday 5th July, 2nd August & 6th September)
Structured Training sessions are for accredited riders aged 14 years or older. These are training sessions that will test your fitness and some sessions can prepare you for various types of racing. Aimed at riders looking to structure their training, alongside others. It is a session offering a workout through structured activities focusing on specific skills, techniques and components of fitness, led by a session coach.
Pay & Pedal (open sessions)
If you already hold accreditation from one of the UK indoor velodromes then you can ride on the York Sport Velodrome during a Pay & Pedal session. You will need to provide proof of your Accreditation to the reception team on arrival at the Sport Village. You can book a Pay & Pedal session by phoning the York Sport Village Reception Team on 01904 325751. They will take payment over the phone for your session. It is advised you call the reception team before setting off for your booked session to make sure the velodrome is dry. If you already have accreditation from York Sport or any UK indoor velodrome you can ride our velodrome for as little £6.00 or £10.00 for two hours.
Why not book a group session and have the velodrome all to your self, our coach led group sessions mean you can come along together and learn how to ride the Velodrome! We have various times available evenings and weekends, minimum group size is 8 maximum group size in 12. Sessions are £8.00 per person, contact us with your preferred time firstname.lastname@example.org
It is available to hire providing you are velodrome accredited or you are part of a course run by a qualified track cycling coach. Please note that the access to the velodrome is weather dependent, meaning the velodrome is only available to hire between May and October and you booking may be moved or cancelled depending on the conditions on the day.
What do I need?
You will need a pair of trainers and clothing that won’t get caught in the chain or wheels. We can provide specialist track bikes needed to ride the Velodrome as standard, along with helmet hire. You will need to select the track bike at the time of online booking by using the rider’s height to approximate the size of the bike needed. (Sessions cost £5, plus £5 bike/helmet hire, total £10.00 per hour).
Weather dependent cancellations/
The velodrome can only be used when the surface is dry, so please bear in mind that your session could be cancelled at extremely short notice. We will try to give as much notice as possible if the weather is looking certain of wet conditions on the track. We will send an email to cancel and refund the money back into your Active Network account for you to use on another future session.
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