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An introduction for new riders to accreditation and riding the Velodrome
A basic, coach-led session giving families the chance to experience the excitement of the track together for the first time. Please note that these sessions are for novice riders, and that they are one-off introductions to track cycling, and will not count towards accreditation. For those who are more experienced, or looking for the next steps, please explore our accreditation sessions below.
Minimum age 8 and maximum ratio 1 adult to 2 under 16s.(Bike hire, helmet and cleats all included within the price. These sessions are 45 mins.)
Please note: a member of your party must be under 16 years of age to take part in this session. Family sessions are designed to allow novice/ young riders enjoy on the track with their family.
This is the first step for anyone who wants to ride a fixed gear bike on a banked velodrome and as such is the first part of the accreditation process. The coach will take riders through a check list of skills necessary to allow the rider to enter the track and ride on the banked surface safely. If you can peform the skills satisfactorily you will be eligible to progress to the next stage of rider accreditation. If the rider does not perform the required skills or booked only to try they can book as many introductory sessions as they wish.
The second of the four accreditation sessions is designed to move the rider into group riding on the track and allows them to become more independent. Again the coach will require the rider to demonstrate a series of skills including those listed in the introduction session before moving on to the next step.
Skills covered will include accelerating in and out of the saddle and completing a track tour.
Advanced skills are taught in this session and the rider must demonstrate a certain level of fitness, 30 minutes riding with a group. Skills included in this session include riding in close proximity to other riders and an Italian pursuit race.
This is the minimum required to allow riders to take part in open sessions, structured training, competition, bunch races and track leagues.
All skills listed in previous sessions must be demonstrated to the coach who will assess whether a rider is safe to enter the track as an accredited rider, capable of entering structured training and competition.
Sessions can be booked up to 31 days in advance.
Bookings can be made online, via the App or over the phone at the Emirates Arena on 0141 287 7000 during centre opening hours.
Due to the high demand for spaces, the fairest way to allocate places is on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, so please check the app for upcoming sessions and book your space as soon as the session opens.
Please note: Accreditation sessions are subject to late cancellation due to minimum participant numbers required. If you have booked a velodrome session we endeavour to contact you and give you as much notice of cancellation as possible.