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Herne Hill Velodrome - Iconic cycling track in South East London catering for riders of all ages and abilities Managed by VCL on behalf of British cycling

About us

The Velodrome

Herne Hill Velodrome is an iconic open-air cycle track in South East London. It is the only remaining venue still in operation from the 1948 Olympic Games with a rich and long history. It is run by cyclists, for cyclists of all ages and abilities, competitive and non-competitive.

The track is 450 meters long with the steepest part of the banking being 30 degrees. It was designed this way to make the riding and racing both a pleasure and a thrill. The banking isn't as steep as the indoor wooden tracks, making this an ideal place to introduce beginners and youth riders to track cycling, however it is steeper than most outdoor tracks, making for fast an exhilarating racing - the ideal compromise. It is a vital grass-roots facility and plays a large part in developing top athletes. Multiple Olympic medalist, and top UK road cyclist, Bradley Wiggins started his riding career at Herne Hill Velodrome.

Herne Hill Velodrome is one of the most exciting race venues in the country and plays host to more open race meetings than any other track in the country. Almost all of these are free to watch. Our Super Series attracts top national and international riders and includes the legendary Good Friday track meet. Former riders include Victoria Pendleton, Chris Hoy, Alex Dowsett and, of course, Bradley Wiggins. We attract elite riders but also offer plenty of training and racing opportunities for novices, youngsters, juniors, women, seniors and veterans. During the winter, Herne Hill adapts into a Cyclo-cross venue and is used for the London League competition.

It’s not just about racing, however, and we run a wide variety of training sessions throughout the season. Our sessions cater for beginners and kids from aged eight, up to advanced and specific training sessions. Other highlights include road bike, mountain bike and women-only sessions, and our very popular holiday club for children aged eight to 15.

Run by cyclists for cyclists

Herne Hill Velodrome is managed by resident cycling club, VC Londres, on behalf of British Cycling. We believe that everyone should have access to cycling if they want to. All our sessions and races are affordable and most of our race meets are free to spectate, giving everyone the opportunity to participate.

VC Londres (VCL) are responsible for the day-to-day operational running of the facility and overseeing the schedule of events, sessions and activities. Under the leadership of VC Londres, Herne Hill Velodrome hosts more open track meetings than any other track in the country.

When VC Londres collected the keys to the site in 2005, it was semi-derelict after being closed for a number of years. Despite some ‘challenging’ circumstances, VC Londres has developed a vibrant and significant cycling facility.

Herne Hill Velodrome is run by cyclists for cyclists whatever their age, ability or circumstances. VC Londres has put in place a structure that fosters a collaborative environment, with clubs, user groups, supporters and volunteers working together to deliver a unique cycling faciliy. This is an affordable and accessible place that serves the needs of cyclists in all their various forms. Key achievements include:

  • More open race meetings than any other track in the country

    • Track racing events include the Herne Hill ‘Super Series’ (e.g. the legendary 'Good Friday Track Meet'); the Spring/Autumn Omnium series; the Herne Hill Open Season; women only and beginner only racing events 

    • Cyclo-X events include London League fixtures and the ground-breaking night-time Muddy Hell

    • Most events are free to spectators

  • 20+ regular types of  public sessions per week during the summer season, including:
    (run by VC Londres unless otherwise indicated in brackets - more info on our clubs in HHV User Groups)

    • Novice to advanced track cycling

    • Specialist sprint and advanced training

    • Race training

    • Herne Hill Track League racing, sponsored by Cycling Weekly in 2013

    • Road bike training for adults and children (Crystal Palace Triathletes)

    • Mountain bike sessions for boys and girls of all abilities (Herne Hilll Youth CC)

    • Derny (motorbike paced) training

    • Childrens' sessions for beginners through to advanced and club level

    • Young primary age childrens 'bring your own bike' try out sessions

    • Women’s only track bike sessions (Mule Bar Girl)

    • Cycling for those with impairments and disabilities (Wheels for Wellbeing)

    • Balance bikes for pre-school children (new 2013!)

    • Frog bikes for young children (new 2013!)

    • Girls-only for 12-18 year olds (new 2013!)

    • Sessions for older riders (Silverfit new 2013!)

    • University students' training (new 2013!)

  • Community activities include:

    • Holiday club runs during all school holidays

    • Schools' sessions with most of the local primary and secondary schools

    • Sessions with less able-bodied cyclists

    • Sessions for under privileged young people

    • 'BYO' and balance bike bike sessions for young and very young children

  • Private bookings include:

    • Cycling clubs

    • Corporate groups

    • Stag parties

    • Running clubs

    • Inter-schools competition

    • Junior triathlon holiday 'training camp'

    • Triathlon London region junior squad  

    • Sportives' HQ for prestigious events like
      The London Cyclo Sportive in June and Ride of the Falling Leaves in October

  • Provision of track bikes for riders who do not have their own

  • A structured pathway to support cyclists' development

  • A growing girls' and womens' scene

  • A strong online presence

  • Keeping our prices affordable, especially for kids’ sessions

  • A newly established pro-active Friends group, set up to ensure a bright future for Herne Hill Velodrome

Herne Hill track management committee

The Herne Hill Velodrome management committee exists to make sure track related operations are running well. The track committee meets three times a year with each meeting having a specific theme: a pre-season meeting in February; a mid-season review in June and an end of season review in October. The committee and regular attendees consist of members of the main user groups so all views are represented. More >

Location

Herne Hill Velodrome is easy to get to from Central London. Only 10 minutes walk from either Herne Hill Station (10 minutes from Victoria/15 minutes from Bromley South) or North Dulwich Station (15 minutes from London Bridge), we are situated off Burbage Road in Herne Hill.

104 Burbage Road,
Herne Hill
London, UK
SE249HE


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