Getting started at the Boulder Valley Velodrome

Whether you are new to track cycling or our velodrome, we’ve got you covered

Beginner options

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

  • Track taster session (optional)
    $30
    • Single session
    • Rental bike & shoes
    • Basic instruction
  • Full Certification (required)
    $100
    • 2 classes
    • Rental bike & shoes
    • In-depth intro to track cycling

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.

Membership Options

Benefits of a BVV membership

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Types of  BVV memberships

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

  • 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
  • Full Memebership
    $400 Year
    • Ride 7 days a week
    • Access to all sessions
    • Additional costs may apply for races/special sessions
    • Good for 1 calendar year
  • 1-day pass
    $25 Day
    • Unlimited riding for a single day; you are welcome to leave and return
    • Additional costs may apply for races/special sessions
  • Full Membership (2nd Family Member)
    $300 year
    • Ride 7 days a week
    • Access to all sessions
    • Additional costs may apply for races/special sessions
    • Good for 1 calendar year
  • 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
  • Full Membership (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
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