The Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales, known on a daily basis as the Geraint Thomas Velodrome, is situated in Newport and is Wales' national velodrome - one of only five internationally recognised indoor velodromes in Britain. The venue - previously known as Wales National Velodrome - was officially renamed on 2nd September 2018 at a ceremony attended by the man himself, Geraint Thomas MBE.

Whilst many know Geraint for his success in the 2018 Tour de France, he regularly trained at the Velodrome during his Track career, particularly ahead of his team persuit olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012 - the Velodrome has previously hosted TeamGB and ParalympicsGB training camps ahead of four previous Olympic and Paralympic games, as well as Australian and USA squads in the run up to London 2012.

The Velodrome is home to national governing body Welsh Cycling, who have daily training sessions to develop new talent and prepare for competitions, most recently the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Velodrome is also host to 'Icebreakers', the only youth track racing series in the UK.

We offer a range of sessions and courses to suit all abilities, so take a look at what's on offer detailed below.

You could also take part in a Corporate Track Cycling Event with your own organisation or attend other corporate cycling networking events. 

Looking for a taster session? Click here for more information.

Cycling for Children: We also offer a fantastic dedicated Cycling for Children Programme in partnership with Frog Bikes. Click here to find out more about our Balance Bike and Pedal Bike Sessions.

About the Track

The Velodrome was built in 2004, as a world class training facility with seating for 500 spectators. One lap of the track measures at 250 metres, and at either end of the track you'll find an imposing 42 degree bank. The track is an all wooden construction, made of Siberian pine - specifically chosen for it's hardwearing and resilient nature. 

 

CYCLING TIMETABLE

Day

Start

End

Age

Course

Cost

Suitability

Monday

14:00

16:00

14+

Easy Rider

£10.00

Stage 2+

16:00

17:00

14+

Derny Drop-In

£11.00

Stage 3+

Tuesday

12:00

14:00

14+

Lunchtime SQT (Structured Quality Training)

£11.00

Stage 3+

17:00

1830

10-16

Youth Race Craft Drop-In

£6.00

Experienced Youth Riders

18:45

22:00

14+

Track League - Winter (October-December)

£11.00 Adults

Stage 4

19:30

20:30

14+

Regular Riders

£10.00

Stage 1+

Wednesday

07:00

09:00

14+

Early Bird Drop-In

£11.00

Stage 2+

Thursday

11:00

12:00

14+

Regular Riders

£10.00

Stage 1+

12:00

14:00

14+

Lunchtime SQT (Structured Quality Training)

£11.00

Stage 3+

14:00

15:00

14+

Derny Taster

£11.00

Stage 3+

Friday

16:00

18:30

Men 35+, Women all ages

Veteran Club

£11.00

Stage 3+

Saturday

09:30

12:00

10-16

Youth Drop-In

£6.00

Youth Riders who have completed Beginners Course

Call 01633656757, book online or via the Newport Live app.

 

New Track Riders


Youth Beginners 4-Week Course

Introduction to the exciting discipline of Track Cycling in a safe and structured environment with a fully qualified, friendly coach. Completion of the beginner course will allow riders to access to the ever-popular Saturday morning Youth Drop-in session. Sessions include bike hire, and are limited to just 10 riders per session, ensuring you benefit from dedicated support and coaching to get you flying around the track! Riders need to be able to be capable of riding continuously for 15 minutes. 

Courses take place on Mondays at 5pm.
Booking is essential - call 01633 656757 to guarantee your space.

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Adult Stage 1 Accreditation

Introduction to the exciting discipline of Track Cycling, fully supported by a British Cycling qualified coach. Completion of the Stage 1 course is normally followed by attending our Stage 2, where you'll refine and build on your new skills.

Courses take place on Mondays at 6pm and Wednesdays at 9am.
Booking is essential - call 01633 656757 to find out more and book your space.


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Track Taster

These sessions enable riders to take their first pedal strokes on the steep banked wooden track in a safe and controlled environment, fully supported by our British Cycling Coach. Bike, helmet and mitts provided, just bring yourself, water, and enthusiasm!

Track Tasters take place on Tuesday from 6.30pm.
Adult / Junior track tasters take place on Saturday at 12pm. (Suitable for adults and juniors 10yrs+)

Call 01633656757 to find the next available course and book.

 

Youth Sessions (10-14)

 

Youth Drop-In (Saturday)

The main youth session of the week is open to all youth riders who have progressed beyond beginner level. Coached by a qualified coach and volunteer Club coaches, this session combines skills development and fitness improvement within a fun but structured environment. Different ability groups cater for all levels of riders. Riders must have attended a beginners' course ahead of attending this session. 

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Youth Race Craft Drop-In Session

This session focusses on race skills and is the feeder session to Track League. General skills and drills are supplemented by coach-led racing to offer a stimulating and stretching session for young riders. Ideal for those who are looking for another session to add to attendance at the Saturday Youth Drop-In and aim to race in Track League. Riders must have Saturday Drop-in experience and Coaches' approval to attend. 

 

Accreditation Stages 2-4

 

Stage 2

Focuses on improving skills and confidence including the introduction of group riding and changing in a line.

 

Stage 3

This stage refines group riding and introduces a range of drills to stretch a rider in both skills and fitness.

 

Stage 4

Riders wishing to attend Newport Live Track League will be required to attend a Stage 4 session where race specific skills will be assessed. This session will include race simulations and feedback from the coach.

Track accreditation takes place on Monday evenings and Wednesday morning. To find the next available course and to book call 01633 656757.

Riders wishing to take an accreditation test must have been approved by their coach from the previous stage or from attending drop-in sessions. It is not possible to book onto the accreditation unless this has taken place. Riders with questions relating to the accreditation process or with outdoor Velodrome experience looking to ride indoors should contact us on 01633 656757 and ask to speak with the Track Development Officer.

 

Stage 1 Sessions

 

Regular Riders

Riders can ride a line on black or blue lines or ride independently as they gain fitness to move up a stage. An ideal session for those who have enjoyed a Stage 1 session and have passed and need to refine their skills to take a Stage 2 session.

 

Stage 2+ Sessions


Early Bird Drop-In

Wednesday sessions run all year round.

Experience needed but this session is designed to accommodate a wide range of abilities. An experienced coach will ensure you get the best out of your session, whether you're after a good workout or are just looking for a steady ride around the track! Improvers can benefit from the group activity and improve their fitness and skills in readiness for accreditation. Suitable for ages 14+.

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Easy Rider

Experience needed but this session is designed to accommodate a wide range of abilities. An experienced coach will ensure you get the best out of your session, whether you're after a good workout or are just looking for a steady ride around the track! Improvers can benefit from the group activity and improve their fitness and skills in readiness for accreditation. Suitable for ages 14+.

 

Stage 3+ Sessions

 

Derny Drop-In

Sessions for riders with a Stage 3 pass who want some focussed high-speed training. Offers riders the chance to learn the craft of derny pacing and to enable stronger riders to improve speed.

Please speak to a member of the track team before attending these sessions.

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Lunchtime SQT (Structured Quality Training)

A coached session for all standards of riders. Session content varies depending on the season and is tailored around the requirements of the riders attending each week. Session is endurance focussed with longer drills but sprinters are welcome to attend and fit their efforts around the endurance drills. Ideal session for those training for major championships. 

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Veteran Drop-In

Runs from October - March. Accredited Riders aged 35+ (or all ages for ladies) are encouraged to attend the drop-in sessions on Friday nights, where there will be endurance and sprint work built into the sessions. Sessions are led by an experienced coach, who will lead riders through group drills to develop and improve fitness and skills. LVRC Masters Track League regulars are also welcome. 

 

Stage 4 Sessions

 

Track League - Winter

Winter Track League starts again in October!

You can find out more here.

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LVRC Masters Track League

Sponsored by Cyclone 24. Find out more here

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Cycling Clubs - there are some excellent cycling clubs across Wales and the UK, which cater for all abilities. Visit the British Cycling website to find your local club!

Newport Live's Mountain Bike Pump Track is also open for use free of charge throughout the year, with coached sessions on offer from April - October. Find it at NISV - call us on 01633 656757 to book and pay for coached sessions.

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