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Track racing takes place on short specially built tracks consisting of two tight, banked corners joined by two short straights. Tracks range hugely in length - outdoor tracks usually being longer and with shallower bankings - but Olympic and World Championship Track racing is generally held on indoor 250m wooden tracks. Many outdoor tracks are concrete or tarmac surfaced, and there is also grass track racing.

The Bikes
Track bikes are relatively simple, lacking the gears and brakes of their Road cousins. With bikes having a fixed wheel (forcing you to pedal continuously) the rider controls speed through pressure applied to the pedals.

Who races Track?
Britain's indoor tracks - Manchester, Newport (S.Wales) and Calshot (near Southampton) - all have regular public beginner or "taster" sessions where newcomers are taken through the necessary skills by a trained coach. These are fun, cheap and easy for virtually anyone over the age of 9 to take part in.

There are regular opportunities for younger members of Go Ride Clubs to access sessions at Manchester Velodrome.

Read More about Track here

Locate your nearest Track Club

Use British Cycling's Club Finder to find out about Track clubs in the North East.