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Text extracted and abridged from the British Cycling website

 Track racing is one of the most exciting types of cycle racing both to watch and take part in. It is also accessible: at the track you can be just inches away from the cyclists riding at speeds of up to 80kph - yet you can ride on the very same track to have a go yourself.

Track racing takes place on short specially built tracks consisting of two tight, banked corners joined by two short straights. Tracks range hugely in length - outdoor tracks usually being longer and with shallower bankings - but Olympic and World Championship Track racing is generally held on indoor 250m wooden tracks like the Manchester and Newport velodromes. Many outdoor tracks are concrete or tarmac surfaced.

Track bikes are relatively simple in that they have no gears or brakes. The bikes have a fixed wheel (forcing you to pedal continuously) so the rider controls speed through pressure applied to the pedals.


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