What is Track Cycling?

At it's core, track cycling is a competitive sport, built upon the basic principles of power, endurance, speed, skill, and tactics. Racers maneuver single-speed, fixed-gear bicycles around an oval track, known as a velodrome, with banked corners and only left turns. Track bikes, and as a result track racing, are inevitably tied to the velodromes that host this spectacle. Racers compete in a variety of formats, ranging from individual time-trial events to "mass start" group events. Furthermore, age/experience/sex derived categories take to the track simultaneously to compete on a more level playing field. In the course of a single event, racers will compete in several different races, earning more points the better they perform. Even on a local level, riders will organize to create sponsored teams, which provide financial, social, and training benefits to riders. Riders wear these kits while competing - this often serves as a way to visually distinguish riders within the peloton.

Track Cycling at Marymoor

Since 1975, Marymoor Park has provided one of a few venues for track cycling in the Pacific Northwest. The Jerry Baker Memorial Velodrome (JBMV) is a concrete, outdoor velodrome, operated by the Marymoor Velodrome Association. At the steepest, the corners have a 23 degree slope, which among competitive velodromes worldwide is considered a rather gentle slope. At 400 meters in length per lap, the "gentle giant" is also one of the longest/largest tracks in the country. Track cycling can be seen at the track on a weekly basis throughout the spring/summer months, starting in May and lasting well into September, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The track annually hosts weekend events that range from USA Cycling Nationals to locally competitive races. Learn more about the history of the JBM Velodrome.

Friday Night Racing

Racing happens all week at the track, only taking a break on Tuesdays. However, Friday Night Racing (FNR) is the main destination on our weekly race calendar. The "Big Show" combines our fastest racers, great local beer and wine, food trucks, and a whole bunch of spectators to create one of the Pacific Northwests' absolute best ways to spend a Friday evening. 

Eat Up!

Friday Night means we bring out the good stuff. Local food trucks, like Spicy Papaya and Tacos el Guero, stop by the track and make sure you've aren't cheering on an empty stomach. And if you need a little extra for your evening, OS Winery, Mac & Jack's Brewery and Locust Cider are always cold and ready to serve in our beverage garden.

Watch the Best!

The last day of the week is when all the fast riders come out to play. Our most experienced riders, Cat 1/2 Men, Cat 3 Men, and Cat1/2/3 Women, dawn their gear and put on the "Fastest Show on Two Wheels". Come frequently and you'll find your favorites. Riders not only compete for each individual race, but are also competing for the season long omnium points.

Join Us!

We think you'll really enjoy your time at the track - bring your family, friends, co-workers, dogs, everybody! You might find you enjoy racing so much that you're going to want to sign-up for a class and try it yourself! Friday Night admission is $5 per adult at the front gate. Interested in just checking it out? Stop by Monday/Wednesday for free and see what racing is all about.

Racing typically goes from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM, and admission is only $5 for the whole evening!
Foreboding Skies
Michael Birditt rides by as the Pacific Northwest "shines through" in the distance.
Spectator Sport
The Velodrome gets close and personal with Sarah Hammer, Olympic and World champion, as she gives a victor lap at the Marymoor Grand Prix.
Announcing the Action
Every Friday night, the "Voice of the Velodrome" Bilko keeps fans glued to the action while announcing every detail of the race.
Olympic Competitors
Olympian Jennie Reed (pictured on the right) calls Marymoor Park and the JBMV her home track.
Marymoor Crawl
This lovely mess of riders is trying stay behind the finish line - go figure! Once the bell rings, the riders take off for a single lap, but are disqualified for crossing the line early (or touching the ground/rail/anything!).
Indoor Tracks
Indoor tracks, like the VELO Sports Center at Stubhub in California, are common in competitive cycling as well.
Fist pump
A spectator favorite as Ian Holt celebrates his win in a Scratch race.
Kiddie Kilo
Another famous Jerry Baker Velodrome race, the Kiddie Kilo invites youngsters of any age to ride a free lap around the track in front of Friday Night crowds!
Have more Questions?
If you still have questions about the track, why not check out our FAQ page? You might learn a thing or two there! Still have questions? Send us an email and we'd be happy to help.

Race Formats

Here's something to get excited about - Track Cycling includes a whole bunch of different types of races! On an average evening, you'll see each category compete in three race formats each. 

We could take a whole bunch of time to introduce each of these formats, but instead we thought'd it would be fun to share these excellent videos made by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the governing body responsible for international cycling competition. There are more than what's listed here (we even have our very own race, the Marymoor Crawl!), but this is certainly enough to get any fan started.

Individual Sprint

Team Sprint

Keirin

Kilometer and 500m Time Trial

Individual Pursuit

Team Pursuit

Points Race

Madison

Scratch Race