How do I get on track?
- If you've never ridden a track bike before it doesn't matter! As long as you can ride a bike to a reasonable standard you can experience cycling on the track at the Olympic velodrome.
- Taster sessions are available for those that just want to experience cycling in this iconic venue and to those that want to develop their track cycling. This introduces riders to the whole track cycling experience as well as developing the key skills needed to be confident and safe.
Accreditation for regular track cyclists
- For those that have cycled in a velodrome before there will be sessions available to use the track once you have passed our four stage accreditation process. Many clubs use the track regularly and these club sessions combined with our SkillSeries sessions can be one of the best ways to develop your skills.
- For those riders accredited at other velodrome please see the shared accreditation partnership information below.
I'm already accredited at another 250m velodrome, do I have to complete the Lee Valley VeloPark accreditation?
- In order to validate accredited riders from other UK indoor velodromes, riders must have proof of their accreditation (e.g BC UKIVA endorsement), and sign up as a Lee Valley member for free. They'll have to pass the VeloPark’s two assessed stages (Stage 2 and Stage 4) before becoming a Lee Valley VeloPark accredited rider. On passing each of these stages riders can access the relevant Lee Valley VeloPark programmed sessions linked to those stages. On passing stage 4 all programmed sessions become accessible to accredited riders, including SQTs, specific accredited training sessions and track leagues.
- If you're a current Professional International track rider (with an elite UCI License) with approval from the Venue Manager or an Assistant Manager you'll not have to pass the accreditation process.
- If you're a former pro/national track level rider or a first and elite category road cyclist you'll need to start the track accreditation process from Stage 1.
What should I wear?
- It's mandatory to wear a cycling helmet and cycling gloves. Bike and helmet hire is included in taster sessions. Helmets and gloves are available to hire for sessions or you may bring your own but they must meet the safety regulations stated in our essential information. We recommend the following:
- Legs: Cycling or sports shorts are best but track suits/jogging bottoms would be fine. They must be close fitting so they do not catch the wheels or chain.
- Upper body: A cycling jersey or a close-fitting top. Shoulders must be covered. We recommend you wear two thin layers
- Shoes: You can wear your own cleated shoes for track sessions (our track bikes are fitted with Look Keo pedals so Look Keo cleated shoes can be worn). Please note that other makes are not necessarily compatible – even if they say that they are. You may not bring your own pedals for use on our hire bikes.
Can I cycle when pregnant?
- Cycling while pregnant is only permitted on the outside road circuit for health and safety reasons. Cycling carries inherent risks, you should be aware of and accept these risks and are fully responsible for your involvement in this cycling discipline. You must always ride within your own limits and after consultation with your health care professional.