The velodrome is now closed for the winter. We hope to resume our operation of the facility in late April or early May 2017.
We offer taster sessions for those wishing to try the track, improver sessions for riders wishing to develop their skills further, and the opportunity for accredited riders can to book uncoached drop-in sessions any time the track is free.
We can provide sessions for those wanting to "have a go" as a group, and accreditation for those wanting to use the track for fitness or training or whole track bookings. We can put you in contact with coaches who can run your sessions safely and enable you to get the most out of you time on the track.
For the latest news and information about Meadowbank Velodrome, please visit the ERC Track Facebook Page. You can post your comments and questions on the Facebook page and use it to contact other riders to organise track drop-in sessions. A Google calendar for the facility is displayed below.
For any rider wanting to try the track, £10 for a hour of fun, including bike hire and British Cycling accredited coaching.
For improver riders, our weekly Monday evening sessions can take you through to accreditation, see www.facebook.com/erctrack for up to the minute details.
11.30pm - 1pm, Sundays again for improvers, these are generally held at two weekly intervals
Track bikes are available for hire at the stadium. These are specialised for use on the track, in that they have no gears, no freewheel, no brakes and a high bottom bracket.
Bookings are now being taken via the Meadowbank online booking system. When booking, please complete as much of the form as you can. Use the Additional Information box to make a general enquiry, e.g. "I want to book a party for my work collegues at the end of July".
If you have 3 or more riders available for a rider led drop-in session, please use the Meadowbank online booking system to arrange your booking with the velodrome management team.
For drop-in sessions, riders must provide evidence of accredition at another velodrome and proof of British Cycling silver membership (e.g. photographs of the front and back of you British Cycling licence).
As is usual on steeply banked velodromes, all riders wishing to use the track in racing or open training sessions must get their "driving license". There is quite a transition to be made to progress from being a strong road rider to being a skilled and confident trackie. Accreditation ensures that riders have had sufficient instruction, training, and observed performance in structured sessions to ensure that they are "track safe" and will not be a danger to themselves and others.
These sessions assume you are a confident rider on the road, can sit on a wheel and ride in a pace line. Your fitness should allow you to ride for a couple of hours. You could cover as much as 20 miles in that time. We suggest participants have attended the Saturday development ride where the basics of chaing-ganging are demonstrated, or have taken part in club runs. We suggest you obtain 4 hours of track time to gain basic skills and earn probationary accreditation. You should expect to take part in further sessions, which will include some coach lead racing, if you wish to achieve full accreditation.
Taster sessions for those who want to try their hand on 'the boards'. You can organise a group taster for work colleagues or friends.
You will receive an hour of coaching on a fixed wheel bike. We will teach you to ride in safely and under control and enable you to experience the thrill of riding on a steeply banked track. Our coaches have a wealth of riding and coaching experience and hold British Cycling track coaching awards. They are trained first aiders and have undertaken disclosure checks. Participants are expected to be proficient at riding a bicycle and will have to ride at above 14mph (approx) in order to remain on the steeply banked sections of the track.
£10/£7 includes the use of a track bike.
If you are interested in taster sessions, please contact us via the Meadowbank online booking system.
Meadowbank Velodrome is situated at the extreme east end of the Meadowbank Sports Centre site (drive through the car park to reach a lane which leads to the track).
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