Riding at a velodrome is easier than you might think!

Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Bradley Wiggins to name a few, have built their careers and indeed their legacy on the track. But whilst they’ve reached the elite levels of the sport, cycling at the velodrome isn’t as inaccessible as it may first seem. The National Cycling Centre at Sportcity is regularly open to amateurs of all abilities.

Novices can try their hand at a variety of taster sessions for ‘beginners and occasional riders’. The mixed group classes are aimed at riders aged 12 plus. During the one hour session up to 15 cyclists take to the boards and a coach is on hand to offer tips and guidance.

Family sessions, for parents with children aged nine and above, junior sessions, for kids aged nine to 15, and women-only taster sessions are also available.

Bikes and helmets are provided, but riders can take their own equipment as long as it meets the centre’s specifications.


To take part in either velodrome sessions riders must first register with the centre.

For more details, prices, times and information on how to register visit nationalcyclingcentre.com or call 0161 223 2244.


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