How to: Elinor Barker's track cycling tips

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How to: Elinor Barker’s track cycling tips

Team pursuit world champion shares advice on getting started, training and stepping it up

If I’m honest, I absolutely hated track cycling to begin with. I was absolutely terrified! I started at Maindy, and I think that’s a good place to start. A hard track is a good place to start because it’s just tarmac and it’s not really that steep. There’s nothing really scary about it so you can get used to the banking and that sort of thing. Then, when you move on to an indoor hard track, they are usually about half the size and a bit steeper. They’re wooden so they are a little bit more slippery but you can still ride quite slow on it and honestly I would say just get stuck right in.

The best way to conquer any fear of track cycling is to get stuck in, says Elinor Barker, a member of Great Britain’s world championship-winning women’s team pursuit squad (pic: Alex Whitehead/

The more scared you are, the longer you are going to take to do it and then you won’t get over the fear. If you just get up, get on the boards and start riding around then you will get used to it in no time. It’s what I didn’t do – I let myself be scared of it and it took me almost a year to get used to it and then kids that were younger than me were just getting stuck in, riding around the top and loving it. It’s definitely the thing to do.


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