FCV is just off the Wellington Street exit from the 401 in London. Take Wellington Street South (away from town), make the first possible left turn, and you're there! It is the tall, grey building just ahead on the right. For a map, please see our Directions page.
- Q. How do I get to FCV?
- Q. But isn't it dangerous to ride track?
- Q. Isn't the FCV track too short?
- Q. I'm mainly interested in road/offroad racing. What can the track offer to me and to the youth in my club?
- Q. I don't race. Isn't the track just for racers?
- Q. I enjoy riding on the road/offroad/trails. Why would I want to come to ride on the track?
- Q. Can I use my own bike on the track?
- Q. What else do I need?
There are dangers involved in riding track, as there are in all forms of cycling. On the plus side, you won't get hit by a car, you won't fall off a cliff or skid into a tree, and you won't have a riding partner slam on their brakes in front of you. FCV staff supervise the track at all times and are committed to ensuring that everyone has the proper training and rides safely.
I've heard you can barely get up any speed on the straights before you have to slow down for the corners. It's not humanly possible to ride a bike so fast that it will skid around the velodrome's corners, even at the tightest radius (in the pole lane). To those who have made this complaint we have only one thing to say: What are you slowing down for? Go for it!
FCV is open year round for riding and training sessions typically run through fall to early spring. Riding fixed gear develops leg speed and strength, and riding with others on the track develops quick reactions, powerful acceleration, and quick recovery time. Training sessions focus on drills to improve rider strength, speed, and fitness, as well as tactics and bike handling skills. Whether you want to improve your sprint or your endurance, shorten your recovery time or develop quick reactions to attacks, learn to spin while out of the saddle or get comfortable working in close quarters in mass start races, the track is the place to go.
Over 80% of the 200+ FCV members are recreational riders and most of the track time is reserved for recreational, huff 'n puff, and sportif sessions. Plus, the track is congenial for group rides. No one gets dropped who doesn't end up back in front of the pack after a few laps and no one has to ride beyond their limits or limp home after a long ride. The infield is always there for a drink, a rest and hobnobbing with others.
There are few things that beat the thrill of riding on the track, particularly a fully enclosed track like FCV. No hills, no headwinds, no rain, no snow or ice, and a perfectly smooth surface make for a fast, effortless ride. And you don't have all that metal whizzing past your left ear. Nothing gets in your way, not even the turns, which are banked so you ride around them as fast as you can ride your bike on the straights.
A bike acceptable for use on the track cannot have brakes and must have a fixed gear. There has to be enough clearance for a 2x4 wooden stud set on its end to fit between the bottom of the pedal and the ground when the bike is upright and the pedal is in its lowest position. The bike must have dropped handlebars. And if it has quick release hubs the levers must be taped to the frame. Track bikes of various sizes are available for rental.
Bring your helmet, gloves, pedals, and cleats.