Riding the Track

Can I go on the track if I am not a professional cyclist?

Yes, as long as you can ride a bike, we have opportunities for you to get on track at the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales. Visit our Beginners Cycling page to see what sessions we have available.

Do I have to be accredited to ride the track?

Yes, unless you are attending a beginner’s course or a taster, you will need the appropriate stage accreditation from the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales in order to attend one of our sessions. If you ride the track regularly with another organisation or attend another velodrome, please call 01633 656757 to speak to our Track Development team who will be able to advise.

Do all sessions require a coach to be present?

Yes, Newport Live has a great team of coaches, although you can use your own coach if all qualifications are up to date.

Can my accreditation at the velodrome be transfered so I can ride other velodrome's in the UK?

If you have an accreditation with us but would like this to be included on the UK wide register please provide us with an up to date address, your DOB, contact phone, BC licence number and we can send them over to Manchester to be included on the UK wide register held there.

Please send details across to enquiries@newportlive.co.uk who will pass it across to the cycling development team. 

What time do I need to arrive for my session?

Riders must arrive for their session at least 30 minutes before it begins allowing time to prep the equipment and themselves for the session. 

Before the session begins, all participants must check in at the Cycling D Area. Here, they will complete registration and receive a safety briefing from the coach.

Prompt arrival is crucial to ensure attendance at the safety briefing, which is vital for the safety and security of all participants.


Bikes & Bike Hire

Do I have to have my own bike? Is equipment rental available?

No, bikes are available to hire from the Velodrome. Bike hire is included in most of our beginner’s sessions and covers shoes and helmet rental.  Arrangements for this can be made on the day, and there's no need for pre-booking.


What gear is on the hire bikes?

84.4 inches (50 tooth front chaining x 16 tooth rear sprocket)

What cleats can be used on the hire bikes?

Look Keo are the only cleats that will fit our pedals.

Can I put my own pedals on the hire bikes?

No, we have a strict policy that no component can be changed or replaced on the hire bikes. Riders can only adjust the saddle height with the quick release lever. 

Can any tyre be used on the track?

No, dual compound tyres and Michelin branded tyres are not allowed on the track.  

Other Clothing & Equipment

Can I wear my own helmet?

Yes, if it has a CE mark and is appropriate for the session. Aero helmets should not be used in group sessions.

Can I film my session on a Go-Pro?

No, filming via camera attached to your bike or body is not allowed. A camera can be used by a spectator in a safe area of the correct form has been completed at reception.

Can I attach my Garmin to the hire bike?

No devices can be added to a hire bike. Garmin type devices can be mounted on a personal track bike but must not project in front of the handlebar top. An under-saddle mount is preferable.

Do I have to wear gloves?

Yes, it is compulsory to wear gloves/mitts at all times when riding the track.

What should I wear to ride the track?

Here are some guidelines to ensure you are appropriately dressed for your track session:

  • It's advisable to dress in two layers of clothing, particularly on the upper body.
  • Padded cycle shorts can enhance your comfort while riding the track by reducing friction and providing extra cushioning.
  • Helmets are mandatory for all riders. MTB peaks must be removed before the session. Helmets are provided with bike hire free of charge.
  • Loose clothing poses a risk of snagging on objects during riding. Please wear fitted bottoms and tuck away any shoelaces, into your shoes or socks.
  • All bikes at the track require KEO cleated shoes which can be rented in various sizes. Alternatively, riders may opt to use their own KEO cleated shoes.
  • Gloves or track mitts are mandatory. Riders can bring their own or purchase them from reception.

About the Track

How steep is the track?

At the steepest point, the track is 42 degrees.

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