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Eastlands Velo and Sportcity Velo are youth/junior cycling clubs based at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester. Our main activity is track cycling, though we also do mountain biking, closed circuit racing and cyclo cross. We run weekly track sessions for First-Claim club members at the Manchester velodrome (National Cycling Centre) for youth and junior riders from beginner level upwards. Over the years our members have included Olympic gold medallists Jason Kenny (2012 match sprint Gold and team sprint Gold), Steven Burke (team pursuit Gold), and Simon & Adam Yates (Road race stars from Tour of Turkey and Tour De France). Jason joined the club in 2000 and Steven arrived in 2002. Both moved on to Sportcity Velo, winning national titles there and then on to the British Cycling talent programme. Twin brothers Simon and Adam joined the club in 2004 and both made their mark in major roadraces in 2014; they are currently riding for Orica Greenedge cycling team. In all eight former Eastlands Velo riders are now in the GB Team - details on the GB Team page of the BC website.
Intermediate – Once riders have learned basic track cycling skills on Mondays, the next step is our Saturday morning session. Saturday and Wednesdays are Club sessions and in order to take part in these you need to be a first claim member of either Eastlands or Sportcity Velo. You can join at your first session (download membership form from this website) or online through British Cycling. If you are already a British Cycling member you will need to get your licence amended to show Eastlands/Sportcity as your first claim club. The Saturday session runs from 8am to 11am; at these sessions, riders learn more skills and and the art of track racing. Progression through the Saturday sessions leads to Track Accreditiation, enabling youth riders to take part in track racing leagues, such as the ACT Monday night track league. The fee for Saturday and Wednesday sessions is £8 (Discounted to £6 for Manchester residents*), bike hire included. Before you come to this session, you must have completed the Monday beginner’s course.
Advanced – Wednesdays from 6pm to 8pm. Invitation only for first-claim riders who are actively competing, progressing from Saturdays. Wednesday sessions are challenging right from the warm-up and teach riders advanced techniques and develop fitness and stamina. Wednesday sessions are often targetted at specific skills, for example sprint sessions or Madison racing. These sessions are restricted to Accredited riders, subject to invitation by Eastlands Velo coaches. As with Saturday sessions, the fee is £8 (discounted to £6 for Manchester residents*).
Bikes - Riders are welcome to use their own track bikes at Eastlands Velo sessions, or to use one of the NCC Dolan bikes. Eastlands Velo also has a limited number of bikes which can be allocated to riders at Coaches' discretion, after they have completed Track Accreditiation, to take part in racing events. Any rider wishing to take a bike onto the track which they have not previously ridden, should speak to Eastlands Velo Coaches beforehand. For information on track bike specification or gearing restrictions, please see Useful Documents.
*Manchester residents include any household who pay council tax to Manchester City Council.
For information on track sessions for over 15s or for other youth cycling sessions, visit http://nationalcyclingcentre.com.
Track photos coutesy of Alan Croston.