Riding the Track
Below are our Frequently Asked Questions when we are operating as normal. For our FAQs in relation to our track programme during Covid-19, please visit our Reopening FAQs page.
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.
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.
Yes, Newport Live has a great team of coaches, although you can use your own coach if all qualifications are up to date.
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 [email protected] who will pass it across to the cycling development team.
Bikes & Bike Hire
No, bikes are available to hire from the velodrome. Bike hire is included in most of our beginner’s sessions.
84.4 inches (50 tooth front chaining x 16 tooth rear sprocket)
Look Keo are the only cleats that will fit our pedals.
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.
No, dual compound tyres and Michelin branded tyres are not allowed on the track.
Other Clothing & Equipment
Yes, if it has a CE mark and is appropriate for the session. Aero helmets should not be used in group sessions.
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.
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.
Yes, it is compulsory to wear gloves/mitts at all times when riding the track.
Please wear cycle shorts or leggings, and ensure shoulders are covered. Sports clothing is ideal, as anything baggy will slow you down.
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