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Tracks in the UK

The Ron Webb designed velodrome in Athens

UK Tracks
If you’re all fired up by the Olympic track events in Athens why not have a go ‘on the boards’ yourself? It’s great fun.

There are several tracks in the UK. Sadly not enough velodromes, especially considering the weather. There are steps to build a covered velodrome in London for the London Olympics. This will go ahead regardless of whether we get it or not. There are also plans to put a ‘cover’ on Herne Hill, The UK’s oldest and most historical race track.

Trying track for the first time must be supervised, although it’s not as dangerous as you think. There are several try-outs sessions at the main tracks and training nights and sessions usually have a slot for new riders. It’s perfect for kids too as they seem to have less fear of the banking than adults – once they get the hang of it they love it.

All the tracks listed have a phone number and a link, if applicable.

Tracks/Velodromes in the UK

Brighton – Preston Park
Tel: 01273 292704
Surface: Tarmacadam
Distance: 579.03 metres

Tel: 02380 892077
Surface: Siberian Pine
Distance: 143 metres (the wall of death!) Indoor

Cardiff – Maindy Stadium
Tel: 0920 529230
Surface: Red Cement.
Distance: 459.37 metres

Carmarthen – Carmarthen Park
Tel: 01267 235199.
Surface: Concrete
Distance: 405.38 metres

Dundee – Caird Park Stadium
Tel: 01382 438870
Surface: Asphalt
Distance: 402.34 metres

Edinburgh – Meadowbank Sports Centre
Tel: 0131 661 5351
Surface: West African Hardwood
Distance: 250 metres

Halesowen Manor Abbey Stadium
Tel: 0121 550 1360
Surface: Tarmac
Distance: 400 metres

Herne Hill Velodrome
Tel: 020 7737 4647
Surface: Concrete
Distance: 450 metres

Kirkby – Kirkby Sports Centre
Tel: 0151 443 4405
Surface: Asphalt
Distance: 485 metres

Leicester – (currently unsafe to ride)
Surface: Wood
Distance: 333 metres

Manchester Velodrome – National Cycling Centre
Tel: 0161 223 2244
Surface: Siberian Pine
Distance: 250 metres Indoor

Tel: 01623 624678
Surface: Tarmac
Distance: 402 metres

Middlesbrough – Clairville Stadium
Tel: 01642 246767
Surface: Tarmac
Distance: 455.65 metres.

Newport Velodrome – Wales National Velodrome
Tel: 01633 670531
Surface: Siberian Pine
Distance: 250 metres indoors
Newport Velodrome designed by Ron Webb who has worked on over 70 tracks in his time – he designed the tracks at Athens and Manchester.
Interview with Ron Webb.

Newcastle-under-Lyme – Newcastle Track(Stoke-on-Trent)
Tel: N/A
Surface: Asphalt
Distance: 399.71 metres

Nottingham – Bilborough Park
Tel: V. Craig 0115 915 2700
Surface: Tarmac
Distance: 460 metres

Poole – Poole Park Track
Tel: 01202 261306
Surface: Tarmac
Distance: 534 metres

Portsmouth – The Mountbatten Centre
Tel: 02392 690011
Surface: Asphalt
Distance: 535.6 metres

Reading – Palmer Park Sports Stadium
Tel: 0118 901 5080
Surface: Asphalt
Distance: 459.15 metres

Scunthorpe – Quibell Park Stadium
Tel: 01724 865837
Surface: Asphalt
Distance: 485.06 metres

Welwyn Garden City Gosling Sports Park
Tel: 01707 331056
Surface: Asphalt
Distance: 460.95 metres

Wolverhampton – Aldersley
Tel: 01902 556200
Surface: Asphalt
Distance: 458.56 metres

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