GeneralRacingSpectatingClasses
How do I start riding at the track (Velodrome)?
You need to take a Track Class offered from the Marymoor Velodrome Association. Classes are offered throughout the spring and summer. You will learn how to ride a track bike, and even better, you will work on and improve your bike handling skills. See the Adult Classes and Youth Classes page for more.
What's so great about track cycling, anyways?
The track is a great way to improve your bike handling skills, your spin, your sprint, and to work on increasing your overall speed. It’s also a fun and different way to enjoy two-wheeled motion!
Can I go to the Velodrome and just ride on my road bike?
The Marymoor Velodrome is open for public use except during scheduled events (classes, training sessions, races, etc.). No experience or special bicycles are needed, but the rules of the facility must be followed: bicycles only are allowed on the track (skateboards and motorized vehicles are prohibited); track bikes have right-of-way; all riding must be in a counter-clockwise direction; helmets are required; do not ride on the track when the track is wet; keep the track surface clean. Have fun and be safe!
Track bikes don’t have brakes, so how do you stop?
Part of learning to ride a track bike is learning how to stop. Stopping is done simply by slowly reducing the force you are putting on the pedals to move forward. As you slow down your pedaling, you will be able to come to almost a complete stop. Then, you can either grab the railing or release from your pedal and step onto the infield grass or warm up circle.
When does the Track Racing happen?
Riding on the Velodrome is done only in dry weather. So, training typically starts at the beginning of March (weather permitting) and racing starts mid-May and lasts through early September. Any dry day throughout the year will usually see some riders on the track riding or training.
Will I need to get a license to do track racing?
If you have a USA Cycling license for road racing, you can use that license to race on the track. However, it is possible to be classified in different racing categories on the track than on the road. Upgrading your track category is based on your track racing results only. If you do not have a USA Cycling license, you can purchase a racing license through USA Cycling ahead of arriving at the track.
What if I don’t have access to a track bike?
When you enroll in an MVA Track Class, you will be fit onto one of the MVA track bikes. The MVA has a building full of track bikes available on loan to students in the classes. You can also rent one of these track bikes for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday night racing.
How long is a track race?
An evening or day of track racing usually includes 4 to 5 different events. An event can be as short as 1 lap to as long as 60 laps. A typical night of racing is calculated based on number of laps a group will be doing. Wednesday night racing typically has about 30 to 35 total laps per group. As the summer days get longer and major competitions on the calendar get closer, some race groups may include more laps.
What is 'x' race format all about?
Luckily for you, we’ve put together a little list of what race formats we commonly ride at the track. You can also check this awesome UCI video of the different race formats. Note: many of the specific UCI rules mentioned will not 100% apply for racing at our facility, but this video still provides a great overview of track racing formats. Don’t forget to pick a favorite!
What does it cost to attend racing sessions?
Attending a race evening usually costs nothing – spectators can come on in during race nights whenever they like! The only time we collect at the gate is for Friday Night racing and for our national class special events evening sessions (6 PM or 7 PM start times, such as Fred’s Race or the Marymoor Grand Prix). We ask adults 16+ to pay 5$ each for entrance.
Do I need to pay for parking?
Any time you using the parking facilities in Marymoor Park, you’ll need to pay the $1 pass. If you plan on visiting the park often, consider filling out a Parking Permit form and your one time payment covers an extended period of parking at Marymoor. This includes any of the parking lots throughout the park!

What's the expected etiquette for spectators at the track?
First of all, safety is important to our team. Please ensure that you do not cross over the track at any time during racing. If you're not sure if it's safe to cross, try to find an official (most often dressed in a light blue USA Cycling shirt) and check in first. While racing is going on, racers and the crew appreciate your cheers for the racers. Loud is good! Be sure to keep your limbs and loose items on the outside of the rail that runs around the track - anything that crosses onto the race surface during the action may cause racing to be suspended or, worse, cause harm to you and/or our racers.
What options are available for dining at the velodrome?
If you visit the velodrome during most hours of the day throughout the week, you are welcome to bring your own picnic and enjoy the racing or workouts going on around the facility. For the Friday Night Racing series, we have a food truck (rotating) and an adult beverage garden open before and throughout the racing program every week. Bonus: purchases in the beverage garden serve as a direct donation back to the Marymoor Velodrome Association and help keep our facility open and working at top shape.
Track racing is AWESOME! How do I get involved?
The Jerry Baker Memorial Velodrome is host to several adult and junior classes throughout the spring and summer months (in case you don’t see anything at the links yet, class registration opens up late winter every year). Sign up and complete one and you too can instantly become a part of our racing community! Our staff is committed to providing safe, educational classes with quality equipment and instruction to make starting track racing a breeze. We even go the extra lap in supporting you after the class – you will get to use one of the track’s rental bikes for several beginning racing sessions afterwards to make sure you have the gear you need to get started.
What do we do in a track class?
Both Adult and Youth (Jennie Reed Junior) classes cover track safety and racing rules, as well as skills specific to riding fixed gear bikes. The youth classes spend a lot more tome on bike handling skills. By the end of a course, you should have a pretty good grasp on how to participate at the track. See the Adult Classes and Youth Classes page for more.
What if I don’t have access to a track bike?
When you enroll in an MVA Track Class, you will be fit onto one of the MVA track bikes. The MVA has a building full of track bikes available on loan to students in the classes. You can also rent one of these track bikes for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday night racing.
How else can I keep up to date with the Jerry Baker Memorial Velodrome?
The best way is to follow our social media outlets, facebook and twitter. Additionally, we stream the action every Friday night and for all special events through our Youtube channel. Your follow/like/subscribes/shares are always appreciated!