The 2016 season starts on Monday 18 April 2016 with the novice and beginners session. There will be no sprint/endurance session until the 3 May due to football matches. The track League starts on 5 May 2016. Details for each day’s sessions are:
This session is for Under 18s riders and novice/less experienced riders of any age. The structure of the session is:
6pm prompt – riders in group 1 go on to the track. This group are riders who are complete beginners and for under 12s. This group will usually be run by Rhian Putt. Riders need to be at the track in enough time to sign on and get a bike if appropriate so please be there in good time. The emphasis of this session is to learn how to ride a track bike and to obtain the basic skills. This is not a hard training session.
7pm: riders in group 2 go to the track. This group is for U18s and beginners/improvers. This group will be coach led by Phil Houlton. Riders should arrive in good time to sign on and get a bike if appropriate. The bike sizing can take time so we suggest you turn up around 6.30pm to allow enough time for this to take place. This session is designed to improve riders’ skills but is not a tough training session. Once riders are deemed to be ready they will be progressed to the Tuesday session. Riders who compete in the Track League in either Group A or B will not be allowed to ride this session and directed to Tuesday.
Cost of session:
Bike Hire for everyone is £3
Depending on the weather the 7pm session will last 90 minutes. You do not have to register to train, just turn up on the night.
This session is for more experienced riders of any age. The session starts at 6.30pm with the warm up. After the warm up the riders are split into sprint and endurance groups. The lead coaches for this night are Steve Cronshaw and Phil Houlton (sprint) and Chris Pyatt (endurance).
Prices for the session are as for Monday.
You do not have to register to train, just turn up on the night
This is a Lyme RC session and only open to their members.
From 5 May this is track league night. The Freewheelers league starts at 6.10pm. Riders please arrive from 5.45pm to sign on. This league is open to riders who have competed before and riders who are first timers who are between 10 and 16 years of age. Riders under 10 who have never been on the track before must attend the Friday sessions to be accredited to attend the league.
Freewheelers riders ride their own bike which must be in a good working order. They must wear a helmet and appropriate clothing for the session.
Cost of the league is £2 per rider. The riders are split in to three leagues with overall prizes at the end of the season being awarded. On the final Thursday of each month there is a Go Ride Race Night with individual prizes for these nights being awarded at the end of that night. The cost of this night is £3.
You do not have to be in a club to race in this league.
The main league starts at 7.20pm and is for fixed wheel bikes only. Riders must have a British Cycling licence or can pay for a day licence (this can be expensive though).
You do not have to register or be part of an affiliated club to ride however we do encourage riders to get their clubs to affiliate to the association (just £35 a season) or they can affiliate individually for £5. This gives discounts on race entry fee.
Full details of the main league on the British Cycling Website.
This is the Freewheelers night and for U16s. Riders to turn up at 6.15pm. The initial sessions will be run on the grassed area outside the tracks gates to get the skills of the riders to the correct standard to ride the track. As stated above new riders under 10 years of age must go through this session before they can ride the league. Lead coach on this day is Norman Bassett.
Cost of the session is £2. Riders to bring their own bikes and to wear suitable clothing and a helmet.
There may be times when sessions will need to be cancelled due to football matches taking place. Please keep an eye on the Facebook and Twitter pages for these cancellations.
AND if it is wet there will be no session.
If you have any questions please contact Chris Pyatt on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link to Newcastle Track Assocation website.