How to Get Started at Boulder Valley Velodrome

Let's ride together! Whether you are new to track cycling or our velodrome, these are the starting points.

  • Track taster session (optional)
    $30
    • Single session
    • Rental bike & shoes
    • Basic instruction
  • Pass/Membership (required)
    $Varies
    • 1-day visit—annual membership
    • Rental bike & shoes
    • Open riding & programming

Track Tasters & Certification

Get a basic introduction, or take it to the next level

We welcome everyone, from fixed gear first-timers to seasoned cyclists to ride with us. Try the track once, or become fully certified so you can keep on riding. Our goal is to make track cycling as fun, safe and accessible as possible.

Taster sessions

If you just want to know what it’s like to ride a fixed gear bike on the banking of a velodrome, then this is the experience for you. These sessions include a group introduction to track cycling and a chance to sample some laps at Boulder Valley Velodrome.

We’ll take you from the infield to the boards at the pace you set. Your experience is up to you—some prefer to stay low on the track, while others may want to take it all the way to the rail before the session ends.

Cost: $30, payable onsite with cash, check or card

Full certification

The two-class certification process provides in-depth instruction that helps build camaraderie and trust among our riders. That way, even if they haven’t met before, those training at BVV 1.) can be assured that others around them have received consistent instruction, and 2.) know how to communicate and safely share the track.

If you are just starting with the sport, certification provides you with a solid foundation. If you’ve ridden velodrome elsewhere, certification will be an enjoyable refresher; experienced riders constantly tell us they leave the class having learned something new.

Cost: $100 (includes both classes), payable onsite with cash, check or card

Requirements: No previous experience is necessary for track tasters or certification; you do not have to take a track taster prior to certification unless you would like to do so. Riders must be at least 11 years old and fit on our smallest track bike.

What to bring and wear: 

 Water (there is running water onsite to refill your bottle)

 A CPSC-approved helmet (we have a limited number of spares)

  A signed, initialed and legibly completed Boulder Valley Velodrome Rider Waiver (a parent or guardian must sign for riders younger than 18)

 Cycling clothes or athletic clothing that will not get caught on your bike

 Socks (required with use of rental shoes)

Also recommended: Sunglasses, sunscreen, layers, cycling gloves or other gloves that protect your hands, any nutrition you might like to have on hand

Bikes and shoes: All taster sessions and certification classes include use of our Specialized Langster bicycles and Pearl Izumi shoes. You are welcome to bring your own fixed gear track bike. Our rental bikes are equipped with Shimano SPD-SL pedals. If your cycling shoes have Shimano SPD-SL cleats, feel free to bring them. However, to prolong the life of our cranks and keep them in good condition, we prefer you do not bring your own pedals.

How to register: Check the calendar for upcoming taster sessions and certification classes; they are typically held on the weekends. Register online through the calendar, or email us with the date(s) you plan to attend; please include a phone number so we can reach you in the case of last-minute updates or weather cancelations.

Passes & Membership

Drop in from time to time, or become a full member

  • Full Membership
    $400/ year
    • Ride 7 days a week
    • Access to all sessions
    • Additional costs may apply for races/special sessions
    • Good for 1 calendar year
  • 3rd+ family member
    $200/ year
    • Ride 7 days a week
    • Access to all sessions
    • Additional costs may apply for races/special sessions
    • Good for 1 calendar year
  • Junior membership
    $300/ year
    • Coached sessions for ages 11-17 and access to all sessions with a parent or guardian present
    • Additional costs may apply for races/special sessions
  • Visitor pass
    $100/3 weeks or 5 visits
    • Unlimited riding for 3 straight weeks or 5 visits spread out over the calendar year
    • Additional costs may apply for races/special sessions
  • Open riding

    Open riding is exactly what it sounds like: You decide what to do with the time. Ride alone or with others. Spin laps, crank out intervals, follow your coach's workout or your own. Not sure what to do? Ask others for ideas. Please communicate your workout with others to safely share the track.

  • All-women training sessions

    This session provides a comfortable, encouraging environment in which riders of all levels can get a great workout and improve their skills. USAC-licensed coaches and experienced track cyclists lead this session.

  • Structured training sessions

    Structured training sessions help further the comfort and skills of beginning and intermediate riders. Workouts may include speed training, technical drills, endurance work, or basic fitness. USAC-licensed coaches lead these sessions.

  • Special training sessions

    We host a range of special sessions that target the advancement of specific skills. They include advanced structured, Madison, aero bar and sprint training, high-level competition prep, motor pacing and more.

  • Racing

    Boulder Valley Velodrome hosts a variety of competitive events throughout the season—USAC/BRAC Thursday Night Racing, CO State Championships, Saturday Time Trials, Saturday Match Sprints and more.

  • Classes

    We want to provide ample opportunities to experience the track and start riding. Track taster sessions and certification classes occur on a near-weekly basis throughout the regular season.

Most programming is included with BVV membership and passes. There is an additional cost for races, and some special training sessions include a small fee paid to the coach. We keep our calendar up to date with everything happening at Boulder Valley Velodrome each season—7 days a week—view it for full event details.