Getting started at the track looks a little bit different for everyone depending on age and experience.
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All Classes and Registration Links
Track Racing Q&A
Where is the velodrome? How do most people get there?
- Address: 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE, Redmond, WA 98052
- In Marymoor Park (Redmond, WA)
- Lots of people drive, parking is $1
- In 2025, Light Rail will have a stop at the park. Some bus routes go to park as well.
- Many carpool resources for the velodrome
- Options to store track bike at the track and ride your road bike there
What kind of bike do you need to race at the track? I heard about a rental program, can you tell me more?
- Rental bikes provided for FREE in the classes and camps
- Track classes will go over all the requirements
- Fixed Gear – no free coasting
- Drop bars no flat bars (no brakes on bars even if they are disconnected)
- Horizontal Drop outs
- No quick releases on wheels
- $10 Rental Bikes available for races – FREE bike rentals for new WTFNB and junior racers.
I’m not sure if I want to race. What are my opportunities to try it out?
- Try the track – 1 hour, $10, open track time and bike rental.
- Info – https://velodrome.org/try-the-track/
- Adult track class / “track certification” – $40, 4 hours, bike rental included
- WSBA discounts! $20 reimbursed for WSBA members
- https://velodrome.org/adult-classes/ (Can start signing up for classes FEB 1st)
I want to race! What are the next steps?
- See the JBMV New Rider Pathway Flowchart above
- (Novices don’t need a license right away, but it doesn’t hurt to get a USAC license)
What’s the cost / price to race?
Membership fee is just $10 dollars for 1st year as a new racer!
Can I ride on the track if I’m not sure about racing?
- Straight answer: YES, any time there isn’t something scheduled.
- Calendar: https://velodrome.org/calendar/
- During the summer, many evenings have scheduled racing or classes. Check the calendar beforehand!
- Track bikes have priority on the track so if you bring a road bike just check with people riding on the track before jumping on!
- Scheduled open track times(popular times for people to train – these are FREE, unmonitored times)
- Saturday and Sunday mornings
- Tuesday evenings
What do people wear for track races?
- Foot retention is required – toe clips (cages), straps, cleats, etc.
- Helmet required
- Most people race in kits – you don’t need a speed suit!
- Sunglasses and/or clear lenses optional but recommended
- Lighting may change as the race night goes on!
- Gloves optional but helpful for grip and in case of a fall
- Don’t forget to bring a multitool!
What’s the track community like?
- Deeply connected community due to race night format (three races with rest in-between)
- 3 to 4 race groups
- sitting between races is a great time to debrief races
- Lots of support from all skill levels
- Lots of juniors – intergenerational dynamic
- No team tactics in racing (no blocking, lead outs, etc) – this is explained in the class and beginner/novice racing.
What is the format of a track race? How is the winner determined?
- Track Racing is made even exciting thanks to the wide variety of fun racing formats
- The Race Book has descriptions for all the races
- Scatch race – first person to cross the line wins
- Points race – certain laps you race to get points
- Elimination race – the last person to cross the lap is out
- Lots of chances to know race formats
- People with the most points at the end of an evening win their category for the night (Omnium!)
- Not just one race determines a winner
Race Book – a guide to all race formats and policies at Jerry Baker