Track Rules

Introduction

The Forest City Velodrome is one of the most exciting cycling tracks in North America. Its relatively short length, smooth surface, and novel transitions between straights and turns make riding and racing far faster and more interesting than at the big outdoor velodromes, for riders and spectators alike. However, it still needs to be used with awareness and respect. Riders need to talk to one another to inform others of their presence, maintain a steady speed, and hold their lines (parallel to the lines painted in the track surface). When necessary, instruct other riders to "stick down" if you are passing over or "stick up" if you are passing underneath.

Safety and common sense must always prevail. If you see a situation that concerns you, bring it to the attention of a Forest City Velodrome official. We all want to make the most of this facility, and it is up to each individual to conduct him/herself in an intelligent, responsible manner. Please become familiar with these basic rules to ensure both your safety, and that of other riders.

General Rules

Maintain a speed of at least 30 km/h while riding through the turns. If your speed drops down below this, descend onto the lower blue band (the Coté d'Azur) and use the Coté through the turn.

Regardless of what is happening around you, do not leave the track if you are traveling over 30 km/h. This is too high a speed to be able to turn at the end of the straight.

To get on the track, start from the roll around, which occupies the left hand side of the track when viewed from the access tunnel. Approach the back side of the track from the roll-around. If the pole lane (the area of the track below the red line) is unoccupied as far back as you can see by looking to your right, get up on to the apron and accelerate forcefully while remaining seated. (If it is occupied, take another turn around the roll-around.) Take a very gentle angle up on to the track as you accelerate through the turns. Aim to be traveling 30 km/h on the black line by the time you enter the straight.

Do not ride on the Cote d'Azur for any longer than is necessary to either access the track from the infield or vice versa. Keep your speed up above 30 km/h and do not warm up/warm down on the Cote d'Azur.

During training sessions, it is helpful to separate the track into two concentric ovals, with the blue line (the "stayers' line") being the mark of separation. Generally, training lines will form both at the bottom of the track (in the "pole lane", between the black and red lines), and at the Stayers' (blue) line. Be sure to shoulder check before changing your line and signal your intention to those nearby with a flick of the appropriate elbow. It is best to consider the area between the red and blue lines as a passing area only, and to avoid training in that area.

When riding more slowly than those in pace lines (such as between intervals or when warming up), make every effort to stay on the Black line. This will allow the riders in both training lines (in the pole lane and on the stayers' line) to continue unimpeded.

Do not ride slowly at the top of the track. Any rider who loses grip and slides down the full width of the track will cause major havoc.

When the track is crowded, be very aware of everything and everyone in the 50-metre area of the track directly in front of you. Always ride just slightly above (higher on the track) than the rider in front of you. Ride over other riders if necessary.

Rules of Passing

Normally, you pass above slower-moving riders (i.e. on their right) if you are riding in the same "lane". When passing, shout "Stick" or "Stay" (loudly enough for them to hear you). This will let them know you are about to overtake them and that they must "hold their line".


You will occasionally pass below riders, i.e. on their left. If you are passing below riders (on their left) shout "Stick up" to let them know that you are doing so.

If you are riding on the highest point of the track next to the rail and passing a rider on his/her right who is positioned just below you, say "Stick down" to let him/her know to leave you room to pass between them and the rail.

If you hear a rider behind you yell "Stick," "Stay," "Stick up," or "Stick down," hold your line. Ride straight and make no sudden movements. It is then the passing rider's responsibility to avoid you.