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Track Racing

There are various outdoor tracks dotted around the country, all with varying lengths and gradients of banking

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http://www.roadcyclinguk.com/racing/track-racing-a-beginners-guide/958.html#ixzz18JYsjKmo

There are various outdoor tracks dotted around the country, all with varying lengths and gradients of banking

Read more:
http://www.roadcyclinguk.com/racing/track-racing-a-beginners-guide/958.html#ixzz18JYsjKmo

There are various outdoor tracks dotted around the country, all with varying lengths and gradients of banking

Read more:
http://www.roadcyclinguk.com/racing/track-racing-a-beginners-guide/958.html#ixzz18JYsjKmo

Track cycling is a bicycle race usually held on specially-built banked tracks or velodromes (although many events are held at older velodromes where the track banking is relatively shallow) using track bicycles.

Track cycling events fit into two broad categories, Sprint races and Endurance races

Sprint races are generally between 3 and 8 laps in length and focus on raw sprinting power and race tactics over a small number of laps to defeat opponents. Sprint riders will train specifically to compete in races of this length and will not compete in longer endurance races.

Our nearest cycling track is at Reading Palmer Park which was originally built at the turn of the 20th century, making it one of the oldest in the country. It has hosted weekly track leagues throughout the summer and many national events and championships

459 metres in length, it has been described as one of the country' best asphalt track surfaces, although until 1955 when it was resurfaced, it was a loose red shale which meant riders often slid sideways in the bankings. The velodrome was closed in 2002 due to subsidence, as the track was built on the location of some old chalk pits. Reading Borough Council had the dips filled and the track surface refurbished for the start of the 2003 season.

The Reading Track League was started when the track was resurfaced in 1955. One of the instigators was Ron Pugsley who remained an official until his death in 1998. The Ron Pugsley Memorial Trophy is presented to the winner of the National Derny Paced Championships. This trophy to his memory was presented jointly by the Polytechnic CC and Reading CC.

In 1962 the "Reading Chronicle" hatched the idea of mixing different sports into one meeting and on a blazing hot June night that year Palmer Park's biggest ever crowd watched athletics, cycling and professional five a side football.

In 1966 "Reading Chronicle" again sponsored a Gala Night with Reading Athletics Club and Reading Track League and again it was a success with some star athletes and cyclists and a large crowd.

Track racing is also done on grass tracks marked out on flat sportsfields. Such events are particularly common during the summer in Scotland at Highland Games gatherings, but there are also regular summer events in England.

Calshot velodrome

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