Track accreditation

Track Accreditation

Our large variety of sessions make it possible for riders of all abilities, whatever stage you are at, to enjoy regularly riding the track instead of attending the gym and fitness classes. If you wish to progress through our exciting four stage accreditation process, you will maximise the sessions available to you and then be able to ride during track leagues and structured training sessions.

 

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Sign up to our free membership and book your session online

We've made it simple. Just follow our step by step instructions on how to sign up for a free membership and book your session today.

If you've experience of riding a velodrome on a fixed-gear track bike within the last three months, you can begin the accreditation process at Stage 1 - Developing Your Track Riding, and progress through until Stage 4 - Accreditation.

Each stage unlocks more exciting sessions. Attend these sessions to develop your skills as you progress through the accreditation process. 

You don't have to complete all 4 stages in order to enjoy a weekly variety of session types to suit your needs.

On successful completion of stage 4, riders can access the complete Lee Valley VeloPark programme including all fitness and SQT sessions, plus compete in the venue's track leagues. 

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Stage 1 - Developing Your Track Cycling

120 minutes
Minimum height 4ft 9in / 145cm
Age 12+ years

Before booking a Stage 1 session, you must have experience of riding a velodrome on a fixed-gear track bike within the last three months. Our Velodrome Experience sessions are an ideal first step if you haven’t ridden before or if you’re feeling a bit rusty!

Stage 1 is a fun, engaging session that is open to all riders with track experience. Stage 1 will equip you with the necessary skills and physical ability to ride safely and competently in co-operation with other riders.

Riders are not assessed against any criteria in Stage 1, and may attend as often as they wish regardless of their level of accreditation. Stage 1 focuses on riding for fitness and basic technical development in single file and pairs.

 

Stage 1 - including bike, helmet, shoe and glove hire

£40

Stage 1 - including bike and helmet hire
 

Adult £32 Junior £28

Stage 1 - session only

 

£20

Book Improver Stage 2 session only Book Improver Stage 2 session only Book Improver Stage 2 includes bike hire

 

  • You must attend Stage 1 before you move up to Stage 2
  • To book, sign in using your membership number

Stage 2 - Initial Accreditation

90 minutes
Minimum height 4ft 9in / 145cm
Age 12+ years 

The Stage 2 assessment covers a range of group riding skills within the basic training exercises learned in Stage 1. You'll be assessed against specific criteria below:

  • Independently clip in to pedals and start / stop safely and effectively on the fence
  • Ride within 1m of the wheel in front
  • Effectively control speed to manage space between each other without 'kicking back' or overlapping wheels
  • Display consistent and effective observation and communication at all times
  • Hold a line confidently whilst riding at the top of the track less than 1m from the track fence
  • Change effectively from the front to the back of a line of riders in a paceline, completing the change within half a lap
  • Ride confidently and safely in pairs above the blue line

Once you have passed this stage, you can access Unaccredited Drop Ins, Track Gates and Stage 3 sessions to continue building your strength and skills.

 

Stage 2 - including bike, helmet, shoe and glove hire

£40

Stage 2 - including bike & helmet hire
 

Adult £32 Junior £28

Stage 2 - session only

 

£20

Book Improver Stage 2 session only Book Improver Stage 2 session only Book Improver Stage 2 includes bike hire

 

  • You must pass Stage 2 before you move up to Stage 3
  • To book, sign in using your membership number

Stage 3 - Advanced Track Skills

120 minutes
Minimum height 4ft 9in / 145cm
Age 12

In order to access Stage 3 sessions, riders must have passed their Stage 2 accreditation. 

Stage 3 is a more advanced skill session than Stage 1, both in the technical aspect of the activities and the physical fitness required. Stage 3 isn't assessed against any criteria, and the session largely focuses on group (bunch) activities and coach-led racing exercises. Stage 3 is ideal for riders looking to continue to develop their skills and physical ability in a structured and supportive environment.

Stage 3 - including bike, helmet, shoe and glove hire

£40

Stage 3 - including bike and helmet hire
 

 Adult £32 Junior £28

Stage 3 - session only

 

 £20 

Book Improver Stage 2 session only Book Improver Stage 2 session only Book Improver Stage 2 includes bike hire

 

  • You must attend Stage 3 before you move up to Stage 4
  • To book, sign in using your membership number

Stage 4 - Accreditation

90 minutes
Minimum height 4ft 9in / 145cm
Age 12+ years

The Stage 4 assessment criteria will cover a varied selection of skills and activities, from simple to advanced, similar to those you'll have been introduced to over the course of the previous three stages. You'll be expected to:

  • Complete assessment tasks safely and effectively, often under race specific conditions
  • Show good ability to follow instruction in a timely manner
  • Change in pairs effectively from the front of a group of riders above the blue line, completing the entire change within 1 lap
  • Display confident, effective maneuvering and safe decision making at all times
Stage 4 - including bike, helmet, shoe and glove hire

£40

Stage 4 - including bike and helmet hire
 

Adult £32 Junior £28

Stage 4 - session only

 

£20 

Book Improver Stage 2 session only Book Improver Stage 2 session only Book Improver Stage 2 includes bike hire

 

Once you're accredited you can take part in our Fitness and Structured Quality Training (SQT) sessions, plus compete in track leagues. Or if you'd rather hone your skills or just ride for fun, you can continue riding in our SkillsSeries or Fitness sessions

Shared accreditation partnership

We've standardised our accreditation programme to ensure our sessions are consistent with the five other UK indoor velodromes:

  • Derby Arena
  • National Cycling Centre Velodrome, Manchester
  • The Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales, Newport
  • Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome (Emirates Arena), Glasgow
  • Calshot Activities Centre

In order to validate accredited riders from the UK indoor velodromes listed above, riders must have proof of their accreditation (e.g. BC UKIVA endorsement) and sign up as a Lee Valley member for free. They'll bypass Stage 1 and 2 and only need to attend Stage 3 and pass Stage 4 of Lee Valley VeloPark's accreditation assessment.

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