Weekly public track training sessions 2013
Due to the slightly overrunning Southwark Olympic Legacy Project
works, we will have to pause sessions on the week of the 15th April to finish off the work. The track will be closed from 14th April to 18th April, and should reopen in time for Youth Track Training on Friday 19th. As well as meaning we have to cancel training sessions Sunday 14th - Thursday 18th, we will also loose the Spring Omnium booked for 14th April.
Evening sessions will be slightly shorter during April due to early sunset, but each week gets around 15 minutes lighter. Our SOLP track-side lights will be installed during the summer meaning we won't have this issue when the nights get short again!
Summer Schedule (March - October)
See the session overview page for more information of how the Weekly Sessions work, and what to expect. Most sessions are run by VCL, unless specified otherwise - www.vcl.org.uk. Being an outdoor track Herne Hill is subject to the whims of the weather, please see our wet weather Policy, and keep an eye on our twitter page for updates. Also, please notice that the start times of some of the evening sessions change as the evenings get longer. Check our twitter feed for short-notice updates - www.twitter.com/hernehillvel and also our live calendar.
Download the schedule here
Saturday - General Track Training
Running from 30th March 2013 to 26th October 2013
. All riders who have never attended Herne Hill training sessions must do the Induction before progressing to the Novice Track Training. For more experienced riders this should be an easy reminder of track etiquette, along with other aspects that can differ between tracks. Hire bikes available on a first come first served basis.
|09:00 - 10:00
||Youth Track Training
|General track skills for youth riders aged 8 - 16. We have bikes that will fit an average 8 year old. They must be capable of riding on their own, unassisted in a safe manner (ie without weaving) and able to follow simple instructions.
|10:00 - 12:00
||Intermediate Track Training
Adults: £6, Advanced Youth £3
|Improve you skills and speed. Intermediate sessions will be faster than beginner sessions and will work on a more varied range of skills. These sessions are designed to prepare riders to be able to compete in local level track races such as the Wednesday Night Track League.
|12:00 - 13:00
||Basic Track Training
|Work on all the basics of track riding, both on your own and in a group. The pace is not too strenuous so these sessions are also ideal if you just want to do some non-competitive riding.
|Arrive by 12.30pm
13.00 - 14:00
|Novice Track Induction
|Learn the basics of track riding. You must complete an induction before riding any other session.
Due to high popularity, please arrive between 12:00 and 12:30 to complete the sign on process, to ensure that the session can start promptly at 13:00.
Please note that it is not possible for latecomers to join in.
Saturday - youth mountainbiking
Youth mountainbiking run by Herne Hill Youth - see their website for more details www.hhycc.com
|10:00 - 11:00
|Beginners and Improvers. Minimum age of six applies We ask that parents of children under 8 must stay during the session. We also ask that you come to the 10 am session if you are coming for the first time.
|11:00 - 13:00
|Intermediate/Advanced. Bring your own bike. Some may be available to hire for £1.
Sunday - advanced specific track training
Running from 17th March 2013 to 29th September 2013
. You must have your own bike (or a season-long hire bike) and a knowledge of the specific type of training you want to do.
|09:00 - 12:00
||Advanced Specific Track Training
Adults: £6, Advanced Youth £3
|An unstructured session for experienced riders who need to do specific sprint or pursuit drills. There will be no bunch training as you get on Saturdays and Mondays.
You will need to know what training you wish to do and inform the lead coach at the beginning of the session. Sprint and pursuit efforts, either solo or with other riders, standing starts and sprint observation skills are the mainstays of this session.
We usually find that each group rotates through a 10-15min on/off schedule. So plenty of time for your 4-5 efforts plus rest in between, provided you turn up promptly for 0900.
Sunday - Womens Only Training
Running from 31st March 2013 to 29th September 2013
. Women only, ages 14 and up. Run by Team Mule Bar Girl - www.mulebargirl.blogspot.com
and VCL - www.vcl.org.uk
. A few times a year this session may postponed due to racing on Sundays. Mule Bar Girl have a dedicated Facebook page for this session
which is the most direct and up to date way to get updates. Alternatively, check our twitter
|17:00 - 19:00
||Womens Track Training
Adults: £6, Youth £3
|Learn and practice track riding for skills and fitness in a less testosterone-fueled atmosphere! All abilities catered for in a friendly & accessible atmosphere. Speed, skills and fitness all focused on every Sunday. Inductions and hire bikes available for all women.
Monday - Girls Only Training
Running from 22nd April 2013 to 30th September 2013
. Girls aged 12 and up of secondary school or collage age.
Free until May half term!
|17:00 - 19:00
||Girls Track Training
Youth Free (usually £3)
|Learn and practice track riding for skills and fitness in a less testosterone-fueled atmosphere! All abilities catered for in a friendly & accessible atmosphere. Speed, skills and fitness all focused on every Monday. Inductions and hire bikes available for all girls.
Monday - Race Training
Running from 1st April 2013 to 30th September 2013
(later hours 2rd May to 15th Aug due to extended daylight) Hire bikes available on a first come first served basis.
This year we will be aiming to run the session on bank holidays to try and keep consistant sessions. We will take a view on rider turnout, and coach availability. Check our twitter
page for updates nearer the time.
is on the first Monday of every month, with madison racing at Track League on the second Wednesday or every month. See our madison page
|19:00 - 19:20
Fast Track Induction
£included in main session
|Learn the basics of track riding. Please arrive by 18:45 to be ready to start at 19.00. These inductions are intended for riders who already have a fair level of fitness, bike skill, and familiarity riding in a group of riders but who are unfamiliar with track riding. For example; riders coming from other disciplines of cycling (road, MTB etc). These exceptions can only be made for such experienced riders as many key elements of the formal induction are not covered as they are assumed to be known already. It is assumed you will have the fitness and skill to continue into the race training session after. If unsure please attend the Novice Track Induction on Saturday mornings.
|19:00 - 21:00
|Track Race Training
Adults £6, Youth £3
|This is training specifically aimed at those who wish to race, or are already racing. Where the ins and outs of track racing are explained and learned, tactics and skills refined. Riders are split into two groups based on speed. The session consists of a rotating programme featuring different types of races each week, giving riders a chance to try the different disciplines of track racing.
Tuesday - Road Bike Session
Running from 23rd April 2012 to 24th September 2012
. Managed by Crystal Palace Triathletes
, these sessions are unstructured but supervised by qualified coaches. The road bike session is open to both adults and children (if accompanied by a responsible adult).
|18:15 - 20:00++
Sign-on - 18:00
|Road Bike Training
Adults £6, Youth £3
|Ride your own road bike on the track. This is an unstructured session, so you get what you want out of it. Herne Hill is a medium banked track, and being 30 degrees at its steepest point means road bikes can ride round it safely. This session is for road riders who want a controlled-traffic free environment to train in, and is very popular with triathletes and sportive riders.
Sign-on from 18:00. Ride from 18:15. Session will run until at least 20:00, and later where possible. Popular session - arrive early!
Our weekly race league. See the Track League
page for more details.
|18:30 - 20:30
||Derny Paced Track Training
Adults: £8, Youth £4
|British Cycling members (Silver or Gold) only due to insurance. You must have your own bike or have hired one for the season, no hire bikes. Prices include a £1 levy for petrol costs.
Derny motorbikes are used for training as well as racing & are good speed work for riders. During the summer we run training sessions one evening a week. Riders must have British Cycling silver membership for insurance purposes.
Friday - Youth Track Sessions
Running from 5th April 2013 to 27th September 2013
. Parents/guardians are welcome to ride during these sessions, as long as they are riding for the benefit of the children. Hire bikes avaliable on a first come first served basis.
|16:30 - 17:00
||Come and Try It (Own Bike)
|An introduction to the track for younger or more nervous children. They can ride their own bike and get a taster what its like to ride the track.
|17:00 - 18:00
||Youth Track Riding
|General track skills for youth riders aged 8 - 15. We have bikes that will fit an average 8 year old. They must be capable of riding on their own, unassisted in a safe manner (ie without weaving) and able to follow simple instructions.
|18:00 – 20:00
(or until dark)
|Youth Club Members Track Training
VCL Members: £2
|Youth training for club-level riders aged 10 - 15 looking to compete. This is the perfect place for youth riders to put some effort in and improve fitness and skills.