(Photography by Sam Holden)
The 2018-2019 Winter Track League will run from the beginning of October 2018 to the end of March 2019 (excluding dates affected by Six Day London and Track World Cup events). A full calendar is included on our Information for Riders page for you to download and print, along with other essential documents including our Code of Conduct and Riders' Manual.
Registration is now OPEN and will be available up to 31st December 2018. Applications AFTER the closing date will not be accepted. There is a ONE-OFF PAYMENT for League Membership, which is compulsory for all riders wishing to take part in the endurance events.
Race entries are managed separately via the British Cycling on-line entry system and will go live approximately one month in advance. If spaces are still available, they will remain open until the SUNDAY NIGHT before the event.
Track League events are PRE-ENTRY ONLY.
Thursday = B, C and Sprinters/Madison on alternating weeks
Based on feedback we've received from our female participants, our B and C groups are now mixed. This offers female riders more opportunities to race and a much higher quality of racing, in groups with a better balance of ability and fitness. League Points will also be published on a separate Womens' League list and an overall prize awarded at the end of the series.
From December 2018 onwards there will NOT be separate Women Only races.
2018-2019 will include 6 Sprint evenings spaced approximately one month apart, including the series finale. These will be held on Thursday evenings and replace the old Special Events format. The Sprinters League will be OPEN and therefore riders taking part in these events ONLY do not need to buy a league membership subscription. Previous match sprinting experience is still required, along with a full racing licence.
We have added a new MADISON group to our Thursday night programme from December onwards (alternating with the Sprinters League). Entries are restricted to riders who have SUFFICIENT EXPERIENCE at riding Madison under racing conditions. These aren't coached sessions and won't be suitable for beginners.
Our track league groups are based on a riders fitness levels AND experience of racing on an indoor track.
Anyone embarking on their first season of track racing will start in the C or B group, regardless of their Racing Licence category or Road Racing experience.
For all open and league events, a fully completed UK Indoor Track Accreditation (for Newport, Glasgow, Derby, Manchester or Lee Valley) is required and this should be listed on your racing licence. Riders competing in national squad or professional trade teams may be accepted by exception. Previous track racing experience is essential.
The use of Hire Bikes (or unauthorised use of ANY equipment belonging to the venue) is NOT PERMITTED in our Road or Track events.
Silver or Gold British Cycling Membership is required and riders must have a FULL RACING LICENCE, valid for the current year. We do not accept Provisional or Day Licences. Racing licences need to include your signature and emergency contact details on the back. Photo ID is also required.
Licences expire on 31st December 2018 and do not renew automatically. It is your responsibility to ensure you have a current licence.
In addition to successfully completing a full, UK Indoor Track Accreditation, anyone intending to participate in the Track League for the first time will need to develop their experience/skills sufficiently for racing PRIOR TO REGISTERING. Bridging the gap between accreditation and racing on the track is essential for racing confidently and safely.
Lee Valley offers a number of skills training sessions and we recommend attending as many of these as possible (at least 10hrs of SQT or race training).
New riders are encouraged to come and spectate and/or volunteer to help if they want to get a clearer idea of what is involved.
Full track bike and clothing specifications (including guidelines for use of on-board computers) are available on our Information for Riders page.
Further information on Track Cycling can be found on the Track Cycling page of the British Cycling website.
Before entering any races please ensure that you have read and understood ALL of the event information.
All venue Terms & Conditions (including car parking) must be adhered to at all times.
Our events are run under British Cycling Technical Regulations and overseen by a team of British Cycling commissaires.
Riders compete at their own risk. These are competitive events ridden at high speed and are not suitable for beginners. We expect our riders to have some previous experience in the relevant discipline prior to entering – either from other races or through race-specific skills training sessions.
All equipment – including clothing – must be fully compliant and riders are solely responsible for the condition and set-up of their bikes and all associated items. Use of hire bikes is NOT permitted.
Use of on-board video or photographic recording equipment of any kind is prohibited during competitive events. There are no exceptions to this.
Lee Valley VeloPark, Abercrombie Road, Queen Elizabeth Park, London E20 3AB.
Tel: 0845 677 0600
For details of football matches taking place at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium (which may affect your journey) please visit the West Ham United website West Ham Fixtures.