Q: “Id like to race on the track… how do I get into it?”
A: “Join a club”
If you would like to get into any sort of competitive bicycle racing, the best place to start is joining a club. Most bicycle clubs offer training, guidance, specialised coaching, group rides and organised racing.
If you have never been on the track before, start at step 1… otherwise use the following as you see fit…
Step 0: Get Involved
Get out and get involved. Come down and watch the racing at your local velodrome. Introduce yourself to the club members and find out who to talk to about signing up.
Step 1: Come-n-Try
Watch the club, state and national cycling websites for “come-n-try” days where you can ride at a velodrome with the guidance of coaches and experienced riders without having to commit to a ride-it or racing license.
Step 2: Join a club
Join a cycling club.
If you plan to just train and learn the ropes first you can get a “Ride-it” license. This gives you club membership and cover for training rides and coaching sessions. If you want to race you’ll need a racing license - the one to get will depend mostly on your age.
Step 3: Race
Over summer club racing is held at outdoor tracks all over the country. Some clubs run indoor meets over winter (check below for more info).