Sport, Leisure, Health & Fitness in Newport

Newport Velodrome

Cycling

The Wales National Velodrome in Newport is one of only four internationally recognised indoor velodromes in Britain and is Wales’ official National Velodome.

News- Velothon Wales

Take part in a new cycling event coming to Wales in 2015. On June 14 2015 starting in Cardiff and cycling through Newport and around Wales, combining a closed road sportive alongside a UCI sanctioned professional race, Velothon Wales promises to deliver a weekend of cycling on a scale that Wales has never before witnessed.

If you are interested in taking part in the inaugural event next year, please register your interest (links to external site) to be the first to know when we go on sale. Use the exclusive code NEWPORTVELODROME to receive a 20% discount during a ‘priority entry window’ this will allow you to enter a week before tickets go on sale to the general public.

Velodrome sessions and courses

The velodrome offers a range of sessions and courses to suit all abilities.

Cycling timetable

NEW SESSION

Various dates and times Phone 01633 656757 for latest details

Accreditation Test

14 and up

Riders wishing to take an Accreditation test must have been approved by their coach from the Improver Course or from attending drop in sessions. It is not possible to book onto the Accreditation unless this has taken place. Riders who have indoor Velodrome experience at other sites are welcome to attend lunchtime drop in sessions but will not be able to book straight onto an Accreditation. Riders with questions relating to the accreditation process or with outdoor Velodrome experience looking to ride indoors should contact the number above and ask to speak with the Track Development Officer.

Monday

Easy Rider 2pm – 4pm all ages

Experience needed but this session is designed to accommodate a wide range of abilities. An experienced coach is able to offer a good workout for those who want it through to those keeping their hand in with some steady riding. Improvers can benefit from the group activity and improve their fitness and skills in readiness for accreditation. All ages welcome.

Beginners 3 and 4 week course * Booking essential

5pm-6.30pm

10-14 years

Introduction to the exciting discipline of Track Cycling in a safe and structured environment with a Youth friendly coach. Completion of the beginner course will allow riders to access to the ever popular Saturday morning Youth Drop in session and any of the drop in sessions during the week. 10 riders max.

Beginners and Improvers 3 Week Course* Booking essential

8pm-10pm

14 years plus

Introduction to the exciting discipline of Track Cycling in a safe and structured environment. Skills learnt on the Beginner Course are extended and refined on the Improver course. Completion of the Beginner Course is normally followed by attending an Improver Course in readiness for Accreditation. Completion of the Beginner Course allows riders to access any of the drop in sessions during the week except SQT and Vets session.

Tuesday

Lunchtime Drop-in

12pm – 2pm

all ages

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.

Early Evening Youth Drop-in

5pm-6.45pm

10-14 years

This session focusses on race skills and is the feeder session to attending 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 or for those who cannot attend on a Saturday.

Winter and Spring Track League * Booking essential

6.45pm-10pm

All ages (Runs from 14th October 2014 to 10th March 2015)

Track League will be a 4 league format. Leagues based on age and experience. C Youth League is a youth league for riders beginning their racing career aged from 12-16, C Adult League is for more experienced youth riders and adults looking for a good workout. B League is for strong Youth B riders, Youth A and adults looking to gain experience racing or improving fitness to move into A  League. A league contains strong and skillful riders from Youth A with dispensation and adults.

Each league will comprise a 5 race program including Scratch, Points, Elimination Race and two others. The exact details will vary week by week as in previous years.

Sign on will open at 1800 and close strictly at 1840. Riders briefing is at 1845 and racing will start immediately the briefing closes. Attendance at the riders briefing is compulsory.

THERE WILL NOT BE ANY TRACK WARM UP FOLLOWING THE RIDERS BRIEFING TO ENABLE US TO RUN THIS EXTENDED PROGRAM.  PLEASE MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO BRING ROLLERS ETC

An efficient program relies on volunteers, officials AND riders being in the right place at the right time so please pay close attention to race briefings and timings.

Pre enter online via http://www.newport.gov.uk/leisure or via the Velodrome Reception in person to guarantee a place. (Phone bookings can no longer be taken) Entry £9.00 Adult and £6.00 Youth (Under 17 years) We will be operating a waiting list should leagues be full.

For further details please see www.britishcycling.org.uk/track

Wednesday

Early Bird

7am – 9am

all ages

Experience needed but this session is designed to accommodate a wide range of abilities. An experienced coach is able to offer a good workout for those who want it through to those keeping their hand in with some steady riding. Improvers can benefit from the group activity and improve their fitness and skills in readiness for accreditation. All ages welcome.

Thursday

Lunchtime Drop-in

12-2pm

all ages

A coached session for all standards of riders. Session content varies and is balanced to suit the needs of riders attending with sprint drills and endurance drills. Also used as a session for riders looking to refine technique ahead of major championships where the coach can normally accommodate individual riders looking to do specific efforts in their preferred discipline (subject to numbers allowing)

SQT (Structured Quality Training)

8pm-10pm

14 years and above

Accredited riders only. An experienced coach will lead riders through group drills to develop and improve fitness and skills during the winter months. SQT runs from September to April. Pre booking advised as these sessions can regularly sell out. 40 riders maximum.

Friday

NEW SESSION

Friday

Early Bird from 10th October 2014

7am – 9am

All ages

Experience needed but this session is designed to accommodate a wide range of abilities. An experienced coach is able to offer a good workout for those who want it through to those keeping their hand in with some steady riding. Improvers can benefit from the group activity and improve their fitness and skills in readiness for accreditation. All ages welcome.

Veteran Drop-in

4pm-6.30pm

Gents 40+, all ladies

Accredited riders only. An experienced coach will lead riders through group drills to develop and improve fitness and skills. Drills tend to be endurance based with some speed work depending on season. Riders may attend for the full 3 hours or drop in early or late.

NEW SESSION

Friday

Improver Drop in from 3rd October 2014

6.30pm – 8pm

14 plus

This is a new session designed specifically for those riders who have completed the beginner course and need to improve fitness before progressing to

the Improvers course and beyond. Improvers can benefit from the group activity and work on their fitness and skills in readiness for accreditation. The

experienced coach will provide tips on technique and improving endurance through simple drills that will repeat on a weekly basis. This session is not

aimed at experienced riders or those looking for specific efforts.

Saturday

Youth Drop-in

9.30am-12

10 – 16 years,

The main youth session of the week open to all youth riders who have progressed beyond beginner level. Coached by an NCC 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 standards of riders.

Sunday

Cycle Tots

10am – 10.45am

2 ½ - 6 years:

Led by a qualified cycling coach this teaches the skills and confidence required to ride a bike without stabilisers. Takes place indoors in the Velodrome building. Suitable for non riders.

Cycle Fun

11am – 11.45am

4 – 6 years

Led by a qualified cycling coach this is designed to take riders ready to move from stabilizers to riding confidently on two wheels. Takes place indoors in the Velodrome building.

GoRide Skills Cycling

12.15pm-1.15pm

6-12 years

A qualified cycle coach teaches correct use of gears, brakes, cornering and safe riding of a bike by extending the skills learnt at Cycle Fun for older riders using the Newport Stadium at the Newport International Sports Village. Bring your own bike or try one of ours!

Outdoor Track Cycling

1.30pm-2.30pm

8-12 years

A qualified cycling coach teaching specific techniques relating to track cycling using our new fixed wheel track bikes. Cyclists must be confident bike riders. Sessions take place in the Newport Stadium at the Newport International Sports Village.

Booking essential sessions must be either booked online or by calling 01633 656757.

All other sessions are drop in sessions where you can either book a space in advance OR just turn up and ride. SQT and Vets sessions are particularly popular and it is advisable to book as we have a track limit of 40 riders for these sessions.

Don’t know where to start? Read cycling at the velodrome FAQs

Cycling Clubs in Newport

Newport has excellent cycling clubs which cater for all abilities.

Visit the club websites below for more information.

Newport Olympic http://newportolympic.co.uk/

Newport Velo http://newportvelo.com/

Cwmcarn Paragon http://www.cwmcarnparagon.com/news.htm

Newport Phoenix http://www.newportphoenix.org.uk/

Newport Cycle Speedway www.newportcsc.com or contact Colin 01633 660249

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