A bike acceptable for use on the track cannot have brakes and must have a fixed gear. There has to be enough clearance for a 2×4 wooden stud set on its end to fit between the bottom of the pedal and the ground when the bike is upright and the pedal is in its lowest position. The bike must have dropped handlebars. If it has quick release hubs the levers must be taped to the frame. Track bikes of various sizes are available for rental.
There are few things that beat the thrill of riding on the track, particularly a fully enclosed track like FCV. No hills, no headwinds, no rain, no snow or ice, and a perfectly smooth surface make for a fast, effortless ride. Plus, you don’t have all that metal whizzing past your left ear. Nothing gets in your way, not even the turns, which are banked so you ride around them as fast as you can ride your bike on the straights.
Most of the FCV members are recreational riders and the majority of the track time is reserved for recreational sessions. Plus, the track is congenial for group rides. No one gets dropped who doesn’t end up back in front of the pack after a few laps and no one has to ride beyond their limits or limp home after a long ride. The infield is always there for a drink, a rest and hobnobbing with others.
FCV is open year round for riding and training sessions typically run through fall to early spring. Riding fixed gear develops leg speed and strength, and riding with others on the track develops quick reactions, powerful acceleration, and quick recovery time. Training sessions focus on drills to improve rider strength, speed, fitness, as well as tactics and bike handling skills. Whether you want to improve your sprint or your endurance, shorten your recovery time or develop quick reactions to attacks, learn to spin while out of the saddle or get comfortable working in close quarters in mass start races, the track is the place to go.
“I’ve heard you can barely get up any speed on the straights before you have to slow down for the corners.” It’s not humanly possible to ride a bike so fast that it will skid around the velodrome’s corners, even at the tightest radius (in the pole lane). To those who have made this complaint we have only one thing to say: What are you slowing down for? Go for it!
The Forest City Velodrome is a volunteer organization. As such, we do not have any customer service staff to work a phone. We respectively request that you email us (see our contact page). If you would like a call back, please send us your phone number, and one of our volunteers will get back to you. Please allow 24-48hrs for any return communication.
There are dangers involved in riding track, as there are in all forms of cycling. On the plus side, you won’t get hit by a car, you won’t fall off a cliff or skid into a tree, and you won’t have a riding partner slam on their brakes in front of you. FCV staff supervise the track at all times and are committed to ensuring that everyone has the proper training and rides safely.
FCV is just off the Wellington Street exit from the 401 in London. Take Wellington Street South (away from town), make the first possible left turn, and you’re there! It is the tall, grey building just ahead on the right. For a map, please see our contact page.
The velodrome is a great place to socialize. Sometimes I'll spend 2 hours talking to people and only ride for 15 minutes. As long as my wife doesn't check Strava, she thinks I'm exercising.
As a recreational rider, the Velodrome kept me in shape throughout the winter. In fact, riding a single speed bike has greatly improved my hill climbing during outdoor road riding.
Why do I ride at the Velodrome? It's an exceptionally unique track upon which I've developed my track cycling skills and techniques, ride with a really great group of people and above all, have a lot of fun! As a 58-year- old woman, I did the Track 1 training more out of curiosity, never thinking this would be for me. I loved the speed and powering through the corners. The results have translated into improved road cycling skills, faster pace and greater fitness. The Velodrome is a welcoming place for all cyclists. If I can do it, so can you!"
FCV has been such a great find, not only to give B a place to be athletic and active during the winter months, but it has strengthened an already existing interest in cycling and introduced a new stream-track! The Velo-Kids program is fantastic-the coaches are amazing with the kids! So many people don’t know about FCV, and they should check it out! From the exciting race nights, to the many “learn to” programs, FCV is an amazing place we have. I’d tell anyone who hasn’t been there to go!