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Training & Sessions

WET WEATHER POLICY 

TRACK TRAINING PATHWAY 

SESSIONS OVERVIEW

 

WET WEATHER POLICY

Due to being an outdoor velodrome on the west coast of New Zealand, the Taranaki Cycle Park will get rained on! The velodrome is a hot mix tarmac with lines and the cote d azure are painted with a high grip texture which is fast to ride on, and has the same grip as a tarmac road, without the usual road grime and oil


The surface is good in all but the heaviest Taranaki downpours so sessions are not likely to be canceled.
When it rains we will evaluate how safe the track is to ride. Decision on whether or not the track is safe falls to the coach(es) in charge of the session and will be evaluated within the session risk assessment. The best way to know in advance whether or not a session is happening is to check our the Taranaki Cycle Park Facebook page where we will give notice when possible, as well as checking weather and Met Service websites

Heavy Rain

We will not run a track session in heavy rain. Heavy rain does reduce grip on the track, and spray off tyres can be very distracting.

During the warmer months, and with a little breeze the track can dry very quickly.  If it has stopped raining and surface water has drained, the track may well be deemed safe to ride.

We realise people can travel over considerable distances for racing. As above, check the Taranaki Cycle Park Facebook page  and Met Service websites. We will try to make a decision as early as possible if the weather is inclement. Private sessions for school, and other youth groups will usually still be able to go ahead. Coaches will usually run a mountainbike session on our extensive network of off-road trails, or may be able to do some basic riding on the track depending on conditions.

Light Rain & Drizzle

Our general rule, is as long as the rain is light or intermittent and the spray off the track isn't a problem sessions can go ahead. However, we do take certain precautions.

Inductions and novice sessions won't go ahead on a wet track. Intermediate and Advanced training session will most probably go ahead if the coach is happy with the conditions. In this case sessions will be limited to "tempo" exercises, ie those that involve consistent speeds, and traveling in a straight line. We should be able to run the majority of youth sessions - even those for younger and novice riders in damp conditions. These may be limited to the flat safety area, depending on the groups ability.

We will endeavour to let racing proceed as long as it is safe. If it rains during a race meeting and the track gets too wet, it is possible to pause the race meeting, and resume it after weather conditions improve.
Remember conditions can change quickly and little warmth and breeze can dry the track very quickly.

Dry

No problems get out and get involved.

 

TRACK TRAINING PATHWAY

Shown below is the suggested pathway for both novice and experienced track cyclists. Having a development pathway supported by qualified coaches delivering knowledge based skills training is essential to ensure not only safe practice but also to ensure efficient learning in a fun environment. The sessions delivered are not activities they are fun game and race lead learning sessions that target specific skills and techniques required to ride track. Although aimed at young riders, any age group can complete the training sessions and follow the progressive pathway or drop in at any point where their skills and techniques need to be improved.

Track training sessions focus on the skills and techniques that riders require to be able to participate safely in an organised track coaching session. Techniques are fundamental to cycling performance. Developing good technique and bike handling skills is vital to ensure the rider is able to fulfill their potential. This is particularly important with young riders, as there is a long development pathway in cycling from beginner to elite. Therefore, focusing younger riders in particular on developing technique and bike handling skills in a fun and supportive environment will promote a positive experience, develop the riders emotionally, socially and physically, and avoid burnout from too much competition and an early age.

The solid red line is the suggested pathway, The dashed red line is an optional pathway for experienced track riders.

 SESSIONS OVERVIEW

 Details of the training conducted on the Velodrome is shown below.

Safe Practice and Taster Session

This is the initial First step for beginner track riders who have never ridden a fixed wheel bike on a velodrome. This is aimed at riders 12 and over who are already competent at riding a bicycle. Session is 1 hour in duration and ideally bikes will be supplied by the velodrome as this session is aimed at young children who we are aiming to bring into the sport and also adults who may have never ridden fixed wheel bikes on a track. Younger children can attend taster sessions however, they must show competence in basic (Mounting dismounting pedaling balance and coordination) and intermediate skills (cornering and group riding) prior to riding a fixed wheel bike on the track, and book onto the family taster sessions.


Minimum age and health requirements.

All riders must have the ability to ride a two wheeled bike unaided, and sufficient fitness and health to ride for 1
hour. 12 years old is the minimum age for a Taster session, 9 years old for a Family Taster session. There is likely to be a mixture of adults and children on any session. You will need to complete a health questionnaire before you book onto a session.


What can I expect from a taster session?

You will be riding with up to 15 other riders on the track at the same time, for 2 hour’s duration. You will be given a set of skills to learn by the coach. A limited number of bikes can be hired (with no brakes and a fixed wheel). You need to advise us in advance of your height and inside leg measurements. If you are experienced, and want to do free riding, please inform the coach.


Is there a skills Progression pathway?

The Taster session can be the first part of progressing through to gaining velodrome track accreditation. Inform the coach of your current skills, and they can advise how to progress, ask the coach to explain the process so you can practice the skills.


Taster progression session

This is a coach 1 hour session that builds on the skills of the taster session, and is only 1 hour to allow ensured learning and prevent fatigue. Skills learned will prepare riders for more advanced riding and maneuvering in groups on the track.


Track Skills

These sessions are obligatory for U15 children and optional for beginner adults wishing to progress from the taster
session to the induction session which is required for participation in all other track activities and is linked to the risk management and safe practice at the velodrome.

Basic track skills focus on the skills and techniques that riders require to be able to participate safely in an organised track coaching session. Techniques are fundamental to cycling performance. Developing good technique and bike handling skills is vital to ensure the rider is able to fulfill their potential. This is particularly important with young riders, as there is a long development pathway in cycling from beginner to elite. Therefore, focusing younger riders in particular on developing technique and bike handling skills in a fun and supportive environment will promote a positive experience, develop the riders emotionally, socially and physically, and avoid burnout from too much competition and an early age.

Track induction

The 2 hour track induction is primarily focused on ensuring that all riders who wish to participate in Structured Quality Training Sessions, Club training and racing and group riding on the velodrome understand standardised riding techniques and good practice to ensure safety for all. The induction consists of a number of activities that are categorized in the following groups

  • Mounting and dismounting
  • Pedalling
  • Balance and Coordination
  • Group Riding
  • Introduction to fun Competition

Once riders have shown they are competent in the minimum requirements and are deemed confident they will have a membership/ accreditation card which enables them to participate in all track activties.

SQT Structured Quality Training

These are exactly what the title states quality training of a specific component of fitness or skill over time in a structured delivery. They are a 2 hour session that can be run to a specific pre planned routine or they can be facilitative in nature working on needs highlighted by the riders on the day. The SQT sessions are split into A and B, with A being expert or advanced fitness and skills and B being beginner and intermediate skills and fitness. These sessions can be split into the following groups.

  • Derny pacing sessions for sprint/keirin
  • Sprint sessions
  • Endurance sessions
  • Madison training sessions.

 

 


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