With the phenomenal success of British track cyclists in recent years Medway Velo have also developed their track section. Although track bikes are different to machines designed for the road with a fixed gear and no brakes it is a popular format and over 20 velo members are now accredited to train and race at the Lee Valley Velodrome, scene of the 2012 Olympics. The club organises a number of sessions for club members and supports members through their accreditation process.
Members regularly ride in the Full Gas Winter track league at Lee Valley as well as open events at Lee Valley and at London’s outdoor velodrome at Herne Hill. Members also compete in the National Masters Championships for riders over the age of 30.
In order to race track you will need a valid British Cycling licence, some velodromes and track leagues also require riders to have completed an accreditation process. For details of the progression route for Lee Valley please click here, and for Herne Hill please click here.
Tom Kennison in action at the Lee Valley velodrome.
Grass track racing also occurs during the summer months and members compete at events across South East England with some success. Grass track bikes have a different gearing to bikes used on surfaced tracks and use tyres designed for outdoor and off road riding.
Track riders might find these gearing chart useful for setting up their track bikes.
Gear charts in imperial measurements (inches) and metric measurements (metres).
With a thriving track section the club operates a club track championship with the winner being the club member who achieves most number of points on their British cycling licence from track events. .
Gent Six Day trip
Club chairman Rob Kennison also runs a trip to the popular Gent Six Day trip in Belgium. The trip is by coach and includes entrance to the Saturday and Sunday sessions of the Six day and a night in a hotel in central Gent.