Track cycling is raced on tracks called velodromes. These can be indoor or outdoor and are usually 250-500 metres in circumference. Track bikes are fixed gear bikes without brakes.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The track we use in Hobart is New Town Oval, which is an outdoor 440 metre track. In sprint events, athletes generally use large gears which take enormous amounts of power to get going! With fixed gears, cyclists are forced to continue to pedal, even when slowing down. Speeds of 40-60 km/hr are common in endurance track cycling events.

Track cycling involves a number of sprint and “track endurance” events. Both individual and team events exist.
These include pure sprint events such as the individual and team sprints; long sprints such as the 500 m and 1000 m time trials and the Kieren; middle distance events such as the individual and team pursuits; and endurance events such as the Madison, scratch, handicap and points races.

EVENT TYPE: HANDICAP

Popular in Tasmania are handicap events which are either 1000m or 2000m. In these races all the competitors start together with riders many riders getting a head start on the “Scratch” riders who race the full distance. These races have a long history and are part of the Christmas Carnival Series which has been running for over 100 years and includes the La Trobe and Burnie Wheel Races.

WANT TO TRY TRACK?

The Club welcomes new riders and has a number of track bikes available so that people new to track can have a go.

TRACK MEETS

Many of the club members compete in Christmas Carnival Series and State and National Championships.

Track meets are generally held on a Wednesday night for training and club racing and Friday nights for training from October to January. Would you like more info? Email our track coordinator.