Anyone can take part in the ‘Strictly Cycling’ Grass Track Training Sessions and Competitions. There are races for everyone, young or not so young, experienced track riders or novice track riders, those who have track bikes and those who have not.
The Community and Club Training Sessions take place every Thursday at Kneller Gardens and you can just turn up and have a go, there is no charge and you do not have to book. You will need to have either a mountain type bike, a racing style bike with knobbly tyres or a track bike with knobbly tyres. If you do not have a bike or are not sure if your bike is suitable then come along anyway as we will have some spare bikes on hand and can advise you about your own bike as well.
The ‘Strictly Cycling’ Track Competitions will have 3 different categories of competition:
Each Omnium comprises 4 events for each rider per competition in each category and may vary at each competition. The races will be chosen from the following list and will always have at least 1 endurance race and 1 sprint race. Races chosen will be clearly indicated at the beginning of the competition.
|Sprint Races||Endurance Races|
|Match Sprint||1km Scratch or Time Trial|
|1 Lap Dash||2km – 8km Scratch or Time Trial|
|Team Sprint||Team Pursuit|
|Elimination Race (Devil)|
|Thurs 28th April
Thurs 5th May
Thurs 12th May
Thurs 9th June
Thurs 23rd June
|Community & Club Training Session||Kneller Gardens
Parking is on the road
outside the park.
|6.30pm – 8.30pm|
|Thurs 19th May||Grass Track Competition
South League Round 1
Fifth Cross Road
Parking available in the
school grounds and on
roads outside school
|Thurs 2nd June||Grass Track Competition
South League Round 2
|Thurs 16th June||Grass Track Competition
South League Round 3
|Sun 19th June||Grass Track Competition
Central Regional Championships
|Old Deer Park
Parking in public car
Grass track is similar to the hard track racing in a velodrome that you've seen at the Olympics - but on grass! Events can be
organised on any flat or reasonably flat field. The track itself is normally marked out over 400 meters enabling times to be
compared over a series of events, or sometimes more simply by laying out a rough oval of markers with a start/finish line.
Races are short enabling riders to experience a number of different races at any single competition. There are a large number of event possibilities in Grass Track racing and typically several will be linked together to form an Omnium. Points are awarded to riders for each individual race and then added up to form the Omnium (overall) score. The races described below are often included in Grass Track Omnium events: