Accreditation Pathway

Accreditation Pathway

Family Sessions

A basic, coach-led session giving families the chance to experience the excitement of the track together for the first time. Please note that these sessions are for novice riders, and that they are one-off introductions to track cycling, and will not count towards accreditation. For those who are more experienced, or looking for the next steps, please explore our accreditation sessions below.

Minimum age 8 and maximum ratio 1 adult to 2 under 16s.

Bike hire, helmet and cleats all included within the price. These sessions are 45 mins.

A member of your party must be under 16 years of age to take part in this session. Family sessions are designed to allow novice/ young riders enjoy on the track with their family. ​


Level 1: Introduction To Track Cycling - 1 Hour​

This is the first step for anyone who wants to ride a fixed gear bike on a banked velodrome and as such is the first part of the accreditation process. The coach will take riders through a check list of skills necessary to allow the rider to enter the track and ride on the banked surface safely. If you can perform the skills satisfactorily you will be eligible to progress to the next stage of rider accreditation. If the rider does not perform the required skills or booked only to try they can book as many introductory sessions as they wish.

Level 2: Improve Your Track Skills - 1 Hour

The second of the four accreditation sessions is designed to move the rider into group riding on the track and allows them to become more independent. Again the coach will require the rider to demonstrate a series of skills including those listed in the introduction session before moving on to the next step.

Skills covered will include accelerating in and out of the saddle and completing a track tour.​

Level 3: Preparation For Accreditation - 2 Hours

Advanced skills are taught in this session and the rider must demonstrate a certain level of fitness, 30 minutes riding with a group. Skills included in this session include riding in close proximity to other riders and an Italian pursuit race.

Level 4: Accreditation - 2 Hours

This is the minimum required to allow riders to take part in open sessions, structured training, competition, bunch races and track leagues.

All skills listed in previous sessions must be demonstrated to the coach who will assess whether a rider is safe to enter the track as an accredited rider, capable of entering structured training and competition.​

Sessions can be booked up to 31 days in advance.
Bookings can be made online, via the App or over the phone at the Emirates Arena on 0141 287 7000 during centre opening hours.

Due to the high demand for spaces, the fairest way to allocate places is on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, so please check the app for upcoming sessions and book your space as soon as the session opens.

Code Of Conduct

When you come along to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome for the first time, you will be asked to fill out a health questionnaire*, and to read through and sign our Code of Conduct**. These documents are part of a number of measures we will be bringing in to improve your experience, and health and safety in the facility. The forms take a short time to fill in, and you will be required to complete before accessing the track, so please ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes before your session is due to start. If you do not arrive 30 minutes prior to the session start time, please be advised that you may not be able to take part in the class.

For those under 16, a parent or guardian will be required to counter-sign, so please ensure that an adult is present for your first session.

*A sample of the health questionnaire you will be asked to fill in can be found here and should be looked through prior to you coming to the venue. If you have any concerns and are ticking any of the following boxes:

  • Cancer
  • Recent Surgery
  • Faint and Dizzy spells
  • Epilepsy
  • Tumour

You must see your GP and bring with you written confirmation that they are satisfied that you are able to take part in the activity.

** The Code of Conduct can be found here​​.

Accreditation sessions are subject to late cancellation due to minimum participant numbers required. If you have booked a velodrome session we endeavour to contact you and give you as much notice of cancellation as possible.