FAQs

Can anyone rent a bike to ride on the track?

Yes, Cycling Queensland has a range of bikes in varying sizes in addition to helmets which are loaned to participants. You will be asked a question when registering for a Come & Try session as to whether you require a loan bike. Bikes will be organised in advance and can be collected 15 minutes prior to the start of the Come & Try session.

Can anyone ride on the velodrome?

Yes, Cycling Queensland runs both Come & Try sessions and Accreditation sessions for new riders and existing riders who are wanting to get involved in riding on the track.

Can I ride my personal bike on the velodrome?

Any well maintained track bike that satisfies international safety standards can be utilised on the Anna Meares Velodrome. Tyres must be clean and the bike in good working condition is required prior to usage at the facility.

Does every rider have to go through Accreditation?

Yes, all riders wishing to use the facility must attend an accreditation session or complete a direct accreditation form prior to riding on the track as a regular user. The only exception is those who want to attend Come & Try sessions only where Accreditation is not required.  Information on the accreditation process can be found by visiting the Accreditation Page.

How do I know if my Accreditation session or form has been successful?

Riders who complete Level 1 or Level 2 Accreditation Sessions will be notified by the coach following the session as to whether they have been successful or need to attend further accreditation or skill based coached sessions.

The Rider Accreditor (an official coach who has been trained to deliver accreditation sessions and accredit riders) will provide a spreadsheet to Cycling Queensland following the Level 1 or 2 session which outlines whether the rider was accredited or not, and any comments around skill based competency.

The Rider Accreditor retains the right to refuse accreditation to riders if they feel the rider hasn’t demonstrated an appropriate level of competency during the accreditation session.

Riders who complete a Level 3 – Direct Accreditation Form will be advised within 3 days following the submission of their form as to whether the rider’s accreditation application was successful or not. If the Level 3 application is unsuccessful, the rider accreditor will advise of which accreditation (level 1 or 2 practical session) that the rider will need to attend.

How do I know which events are held on the Outdoor or Indoor Track?

Each track event will indicate whether it is going to be held on either the indoor or outdoor facility.

Track events in the indoor facility will be named as an event on the:  “Anna Meares Velodrome”

Track events on the outdoor facility will named as an event on the “Chandler Velodrome” 

How do I register to attend a Come & Try Session?

You can register by visiting the ‘Get Started’ page and clicking on the bookings link.

From here you will be asked a few simple questions, and can book a date to attend a session.

How long does Accreditation last for?

Once you’ve become accredited, your rider accreditation will remain active as long as you retain Cycling Australia or equivalent International membership and utilise the facility within a 5 year period. If you relocate, your accreditation will remain active unless you don’t return to utilise the facility within the 5 year window.

How much does it cost to become an Accredited Rider?

The cost is a one off payment of $15 for all riders wishing to gain accreditation.

If I’m a CA Member but don’t have a track bike, can I hire a bike for a session?

Yes, you can.

Cycling Queensland has hire bikes that will be available for Level 1 accreditation sessions, open sessions and clinics. The only time bikes are unavailable for hire is for racing events.

If I’m an experienced outdoor track rider, do I still have to do a Level 1 or 2 Accreditation?

If you have OUTDOOR track experience ONLY (and no indoor track cycling experience) you will be required to do a Level 1 Accreditation session. The reason for this is that the banking differentiation from the outdoor to the indoor track is substantial, and we want to ensure all riders can safely and confidently on the new track.

If I’m coming for an event, will there be Accreditation sessions held in advance?

Yes, Cycling Queensland will publish available accreditation sessions both in the lead up to an event and on the day of the event during the event registration timeframe.

If you’re a regional or rider from another state, you will still need to go through the accreditation process and we would HIGHLY recommend you arrive at least a few day’s prior to your racing event to ensure you have adequate time to attend accreditation sessions and adapt to the track.

Whilst there will be an accreditation session held on the day of an event, Cycling Queensland takes no responsibility for inexperienced riders who choose to become accredited on the day of the event.

If I’m coming to a session, can I bring my family into the infield?

No, all family members and spectators are required to sit in the grandstands during sessions. This is for safety reasons and is a requirement of Stadiums Queensland. The only time a family member or spectator is allowed in the centre is to assist a rider during an event (as their official handler).

What are the track bike specifications required on the Anna Meares Velodrome?

Track bikes must have a fixed wheel, 165mm cranks (recommended) but some people prefer a little longer (up to 175s), and 280mm (11”) bottom bracket height (measured from floor to centre of bottom bracket), no braze ons, and must have track ends. Coaches must advise riders to check their own bikes before taking to the track, including: tyres, chain tension, wheel nuts and cleanliness. If a “fixie” bike is used, that matches the dimensions above, and has braze ons or cast cable or gear stops, the projections must be padded with foam and taped over with insulating tape.

What do I have to demonstrate to pass accreditation?

The following safe riding abilities need to be demonstrated in an accreditation session for a coach to pass a rider:

Safe Riding Abilities

Riding on the Track – demonstrate the ability to ride at a safe speed at various points on the track (sprints lane and stayers line (blue line))

 

Looking over your shoulder – demonstrate the ability to look over shoulder and be aware/react accordingly with the flow or traffic / other riders

 

Holding a line – safely hold a line on the stayers line (blue line)

Looking over your shoulder – demonstrate the ability to look over both shoulders when on the stayers line (blue line)

 

Lookout – demonstrate the ability to lookout for other riders on the track

 

Passing – safely pass other single riders on the track

 

Communication – demonstrate the need to communicate with other riders around them

 

Group riding – ride comfortably in a group abreast of other riders including passing

 

Single file and lapping off – safely ride in a line of riders while lapping off with each consecutive lap

 

Rolling from the top of the fence – safely ride up and stop on the outer rail and move off, individually or in a group environment

 

Capable of riding at the top of the track – close to the fence (individually)

 

Acceleration and deceleration – assess riders’ ability to accelerate and decelerate whilst remaining fully in control of the bike and aware of surrounding riders

What happens if I don’t pass accreditation the first time?

Riders that have not demonstrated the required level of competency which are assessed by the coach and include safe riding abilities shown in the table below, will be required to attend further accreditation sessions.

The coach in charge of accrediting riders during an accreditation session will debrief riders and will advise of whether attendance at further sessions is required to achieve accreditation.

Safe Riding Abilities

Riding on the Track – demonstrate the ability to ride at a safe speed at various points on the track (sprints lane and stayers line (blue line))

Looking over your shoulder – demonstrate the ability to look over shoulder and be aware/react accordingly with the flow or traffic / other riders

Holding a line – safely hold a line on the stayers line (blue line)

Looking over your shoulder – demonstrate the ability to look over both shoulders when on the stayers line (blue line)

Lookout – demonstrate the ability to lookout for other riders on the track

Passing – safely pass other single riders on the track

Communication – demonstrate the need to communicate with other riders around them

Group riding – ride comfortably in a group abreast of other riders including passing

Single file and lapping off – safely ride in a line of riders while lapping off with each consecutive lap

Rolling from the top of the fence – safely ride up and stop on the outer rail and move off, individually or in a group environment

Capable of riding at the top of the track – close to the fence (individually)

Acceleration and deceleration – assess riders’ ability to accelerate and decelerate whilst remaining fully in control of the bike and aware of surrounding riders

What if I’m a regional rider coming to Brisbane to race?

If you’re a regional or rider from another state, you will still need to go through the accreditation process and we would HIGHLY recommend you arrive at least a few day’s prior to your racing event to ensure you have adequate time to attend accreditation sessions and adapt to the track.

There will be an accreditation session held on the day of the event being contested, however, Cycling Queensland takes no responsibility for inexperienced riders who choose to become accredited on the day of the event.

Cycling Queensland will publish available accreditation sessions both in the lead up to an event and on the day of the event during the event registration timeframe.

What if I’m unsure which level of Accreditation I should apply for?

If you are unsure which accreditation level is applicable, we would recommend you assess your own abilities against the following guidelines:

Have you ridden an indoor velodrome in the past 5 years? 

Yes – Regularly: If you regularly ride on an indoor track (for example, every few days/weeks) AND you feel comfortable and competent in your abilities than you can apply for direct accreditation (which is the Level 3 application form). In your application you will need to outline indoor riding environments in which you have participated in training and/or racing sessions. Your application will be assessed by Queensland coaches and if successful, you will be advised by the Cycling Queensland office and granted direct accreditation.

If you have any doubts or aren’t sure whether you would qualify for Level 3 accreditation, we would recommend you attend a Level 2 accreditation session in which you will participate in a group warm up activity.

Yes – Sometimes: If you occasionally ride on an indoor track (for example: once a few times per year), than we would recommend you attend a Level 2 session which is an environment that allows 20 minutes for you to comfortably complete a warm up in an open riding session environment.

No – Never or rarely: You must complete a Level 1 accreditation session. In this session you will be supervised and taught the necessary skills to ride safely on the track.

If you are still unsure of the process – please contact the Cycling Queensland office via: qld.info@cycling.org.au or (07) 3390 1477 and one of our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

What is a track bike?

Track bikes are a singled gear bikes which don’t have brakes and are used specifically on velodromes. Track bikes used on the Anna Meares Velodrome must be UCI legal, which means they satisfy international safety standards as set out by international governing body (UCI).

Track bikes must have a fixed wheel, 165mm cranks, and 280mm (11”) bottom bracket height (measured from floor to centre of bottom bracket), no braze ons, and must have track ends. Coaches must advise riders to check their own bikes before taking to the track, including: tyres, chain tension, wheel nuts and cleanliness. If a “fixie” bike is used, that matches the dimensions above, and has braze ons or cast cable or gear stops, the projections must be padded with foam and taped over with insulating tape.

What kinds of tyres should I use on the indoor track?

We’d recommend using Continental, Schwalbe, Tufo or Vittoria clinchers or tubulars (black tread only), 21 mm wide or wider.

Recommended clinchers and tubulars
Make Model Width
Conti Sonderklasse 165/175 22mm
Conti Tempo 22mm
Schwalbe Durano Skid 22 and 25mm
Schwalbe Ultremo ZX or DD 22 to 25mm
Tufo Calibra Lite 23mm
Tufo S3 Lite & Elite 21mm
Tufo S33 Pro 21mm
Vittoria Pista EVOCL & CS 22mm
Vittoria Diamante Pro pista 23mm
Vittoria Rubino Pro slick 23mm
Vittoria Zaffiro Pro slick 23mm
What should I bring to a Come & Try session or Clinic

Your own helmet if you have one, bottle of water and a small hand towel. If you own a UCI legal track bike, you can bring that too, otherwise Cycling Queensland have loan bikes to participate in these sessions.

What should I wear on the track?
  • Legs: Cycling or sports shorts are best but track suits/jogging bottoms would be fine. They must be close fitting so they do not catch the wheels or chain.
  • Upper body: A lightweight long-sleeved top with a t-shirt underneath is suitable. Shoulders must be covered.
  • Shoes: You can wear normal trainers for track sessions or if you wish to bring your own cleats and pedals you’re welcome to but will be responsible for taking them on and off your bike, and bringing the necessary toolkit to do so.