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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

Track league

For full results from 2014 so far click here 


Racing for youths start at 6.30pm, and racing for all others starts at 7pm. Senior riders with racing accreditation can choose which category they ride in (A, B or C). Categories are flexible. Try one category one week, promote or demote yourself the next. Judges reserve the right to request riders to change categories if necessary. With 3 senior categories we want all riders to be competitive in their chosen category. The harder the category you race in, the more points you score towards the overall combined rankings. Ie, a rider who scores well in B category races, could be ranked higher than a rider who rarely scores in A category races. This year racing will be split into 5 categories:

Note, all riders riding in A, B or C categories must have passed their race accreditation and must have their own bike or a season-hire bike:
  • A category - Fast racing for riders who have been training hard and want a tough work out. Average race length 12 laps.
    Points awarded: 1st 60pts, 2nd 50pts, 3rd 40pts, 4th 30pts, 5th 20pts, 6th 10pt

  • B category - Medium speed racing for local-level racers. Average race length 10 laps.
    Points awarded: 1st 6pts, 2nd 5pts, 3rd 4pts, 4th 3pts, 5th 2pts, 6th 1pts

  • C category - More entry level racing for new, younger, older or less fit racers. Average race length 8 laps.
    Points awarded: 1st 0.6pts, 2nd 0.5pts, 3rd 0.4pts, 4th 0.3pts, 5th 0.2pts, 6th 0.1pt

  • Youth 1 category - Age group racing for newer/younger riders in the British Cycling U16, U14 and exceptional U12 riders (at commissaire's discretion). Average race length 5 laps. Exceptional U16s and U14s may ride up in the senior categories at commissaire's discretion and if they have passed a senior race accreditation.
    Points awarded: 1st 6pts, 2nd 5pts, 3rd 4pts, 4th 3pts, 5th 2pts, 6th 1pt (in separate ranking). 

  • Youth 2 category - Age group racing for riders in the British Cycling U12 and U10 categories. Average race length 3 laps.
    Points awarded: 1st 0.6pts, 2nd 0.5pts, 3rd 0.4pts, 4th 0.3pts, 5th 0.2pts, 6th 0.1pt (in separate ranking).
Separate rankings will be made for seniors, women U12s and U16s.


You will need to register for the league by completing a form when you first sign on for your first night of racing and paying the £10 registration fee.  100% of this goes to the Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome, and existing members do not need to pay.  This year riders are able to complete their form on-line and bring a printed copy with them.  This will help you jump the queue and ensure the details we have stored for you are correct.  To complete a form click the register button below:


Generous sponsorship from Cycling Weekly provides this year's prizes:

Senior Men

1st £300
2nd £200
3rd £100
4th £50
5th £50
6th £50
7th £25
8th £25
9th £25
10th £25
11th £25
12th £25
13th £25
14th £25
15th £25 
Senior Women

1st £100
2nd £50
3rd £25
4th £25
5th £25
6th £25
All Youth Categories

Trophies and medals
Top youths may claim prizes from the overall senior categoires if they place high enough.

All senior riders must have scored points to qualify for prizes and volunteered one nights judging in order to claim their prize (see below).

  • Seniors £10 per week
  • Juniors £6 per week
  • Youths £3 per week (including youths riding as A, B or C cat)
All senior riders must be a Friend of the Velodrome which costs £10 per year. We do allow new riders to have a guest pass for a week without becoming a Friend - but it all goes towards suporting the track, so why not become a Friend anyway!

Sponsored by Cycling Weekly

We have a new sponsor this year. Having been involved with their local velodrome for decades, Cycling Weekly have stepped up to sponsor the league and will the providing prizes.

Run by Friends of the Velodrome - by track users for track users.

After 3 years being run by VCL, track league will now be run by Friends of the Velodrome. Friends of the Velodrome is the support network which brings together users of the track to help support the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust and volunteer towards Herne Hill Velodrome events. It makes sense that the users of the velodrome are behind the running of our weekly race league. We hope that regular racers and their supporters will be able to give some time back to help with the running of the league.

Run by Riders for Riders

One major aim of this year's league is to lead the way in self-sufficient bike racing. No-one benefits more from the racing than the riders themselves. So, we ask riders to consider giving up a 1 out of 24 night's racing to help judge. Not only does this contribute to the scoring of the racing, but is also a great opportunity to shadow our experienced regular judges. To ensure that those who get the most out of the league give something back, any senior rider qualifying for an overall prize must volunteer for one night's judging. To ensure we have a good spread of volunteer judges throughout the season we need riders to pick a "pre-book" their volunteer week using the sheet here.

Special events all year round

The staple of Track League are the bunch races and sprints, but its great to have the opportunity to try the less common events like pursuits, sprint time trials, team events etc.

Last year due to light constraints we had to squeeze some of the special events into the middle of the season. This year, with the floodlights, we aim to have them every other week throughout the season. We've also been considering making madison a slightly more regular event. We're considering having monthly madison training at Monday night race training, followed by Madison racing that week at Track League. We aim to include practice for the special events at Monday night race training in the run up to their appearance at Track League. Riders can also practice their drills at Sunday morning specific training.

A full schedule of special events will be published on this page nearer the time. Special events are not split into categories so receive A category points, usually down to 12th place instead of 6th.

Full results here 

2013 Summary

The Cycling Weekly sponsored Herne Hill Velodrome Track League draw to a close last week after a unique year. This was the first in over 100 years at the historic 1948 Olympic Velodrome that the racing was held under flood lights. The new lights, installed mid-season allowed for a whole extra month of racing and gave a great atmospheric feel to the later rounds. This was also the first year racing was run by the Friends of the Velodrome – bringing together all Herne Hill’s user groups. 

Under their leadership, Track League saw a burgeoning volunteer force, with many riders giving up a night’s racing throughout the year to help officiate – run by riders for riders – very heartening. This was also the most popular year in recent memory. 3 senior categories plus youth racing, totalled over 250 riders competing throughout the year.

With generous prize money from Cycling Weekly, and personalised numbers for next year, the top 15 men, and top 6 women was hotly contested.

Men’s Rankings

NuunYBLondon team mates Symon Lewis and Tony lock hung on to their top two spots from last year. Iain Cook and Hisham Al-Ramah of VC Londres took 3rd and 4th respectively – Hisham being one of three U16 riders to get in the top 15 placing. Phil Watkins proved youth isn’t all important taking 5th place for the vets.

1st Symon Lewis, NuunYBLondon, 2227 pts
2nd Tony Lock, NuunYBLondon,  1340 pts
3rd Iain Cook, VC Londres, 1021 pts
4th Hisham Al-Ramah, VC Londres, 844 pts
5th Phil Watkins, 34 Nomads, 770 pts
6th Richard St Pierre, Brixton Cycles, 767.5 pts
7th Fred Wright, VC Londres, 714 pts
8th Andrew Bradshaw, VC Londres, 688 pts
9th Alan Strang, Dulwich Paragon, 685 pts
10th Germain Burton, De Ver Cycles, 660 pts
11th Dom Hill, Bec CC, 610 pts
12th Jules Birks, VC Londres,  575 pts
13th Aidan Woolven, Sutton CC, 570 pts
14th Henry Martin, VC Londres, 564 pts
15th James Connell, Brixton Cycles, 480 pts

Women’s Rankings

The women’s rankings were lead by the younger riders, with VC Londres’ U14 rider Rachael Jary taking the top spot. Team mate Amy Good came 2nd overall, with Prestige Velo’s Laura Cheeseman in third. The Brixton Cycles pairing of Niki Dukes-Kovac and Sarah Connell came in 4th and 5th overall.

1st Rachel Jary, VC Londres, 27.1 pts
2nd Amy Good, VC Londres, 22.2 pts
3rd Laura Cheeseman, Prestige Velo, 16.7 pts
4th Niki Dukes-Kovac, Brixton Cycles, 15.9 pts
5th Sarah Connell, Brixton Cycles, 15.1 pts
6th Sarah Brook, Mule Bar Girl, 13.7 pts

U12 Rankings

The U12s league was dominated by local club VC Londres. Finley Newmark won from Leo Hayter, both in their first proper years racing. Thomas Gloag and Finley Wellings came in 3rd and 4th with Megan Panton taking top girl spot for Woolwich CC.

1st Finley Newmark, VC Londres, 22.7 pts
2nd Leo Hayter, VC Londres, 15.7 pts
3rd Thomas Gloag, VC Londres, 15 pts
4th Finley Wellings, VC Londres, 14.85 pts
5th Megan Panton, Woolwich CC, 14.35 pts
6th Billy Gilbey, VC Londres, 13.7 pts
7th Alistair Canning, Redhill CC, 13.65 pts
8th Innes Harvey, VC Londres, 11.35 pts
9th India Gloag, VC Londres, 8.35 pts
10th Stanley Boyd, CC Hackney, 7.6 pts

Event Champions

Throughout the year special events were worked into the programme alongside the main staple of sprints and bunch races.

  • Men’s Flying 200m Champion - 12.5 - Symon Lewis, NuunYBLondon
  • Women’s Flying 200m Champion - 14.7 - Sarah Brook, Mule Bar Girl
  • Match Sprint Champion - Tony Lock, NuunYBLondon
  • Men’s Team Sprint Champions – 47.4  VC Londres:  Andrew Bradshaw, Melvyn Akins and Hisham Al-Ramah 
  • Women’s Team Sprint Champions – 38.5  VC Londres:  Rachel Jary and Eleanor Holden
  • Men’s Team Pursuit Champions - 4.17.90 – VC Londres:  Iain Cook, Henry Martin, Jules Birks, Andrew Bradshaw (Track Record)
  • Women’s Team Pursuit Champions - 4.01.65 –  Laura Cheeseman, Sarah Connell, Niki Dukes-Kovacs
  • Men’s Kilo Champion - 1.03.53 - Henry Martin, VC Londres
  • Women’s 450 Champion - 38.62 - Sarah Connell, Brixton Cycles
  • Men’s Keirin Champion – Richard St Pierre, Brixton Cycles
  • Pursuit Champion - 2:15.35 – James Connell, Brixton Cycles
  • Derny Champion – Fred Wright, VC Londres
  • Track Stand Champion – Charlotte Cole-Hossain, VC Londres
Thanks to Cycling Weekly for their generous sponsorship, helping keep grassroots cycling active. Thanks to all the regular officials who gave up their days to type results, programmes and officiate and all the other behind the scenes things that makes the racing happen. Thanks to the riders for getting behind the racing, contributing their time to help run it. See you all next March!

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