You've seen the Games - now try the game:
Now you've watched the awe-inspiring NZ team at the Commonwealth Games in London, come and give it a go this 2022 Spring and Summer!
Wellington cyclist, George Jackson started as a 12yr-old at the Wellington Velodrome and rode in the Games as part of the NZ team. Now it's your turn:
2022-23 Junior Track Season:
Junior Track Cycling Registration Day will be at the beginning of Term 4 on Tuesday 18th October 2022 from 4pm.
New riders welcome throughout the season. Come along on Tuesdays from 4pm to give it a try. We offer three free try-outs before committing to the season
Registration and Season Fees
Registration Forms for the 2021-22 Season can be seen here: Register
Payment instructions can be found on-line here: Season Payment
Track Bikes are available for hire (see below for more details).
After-school track days will continue on Tuesdays following the Registration Day. Alternatively there is a Sunday beginners group from 2pm-3.30pm if you can't make the Tuesday sessions, however these are not structured like the Tuesdays.
Annual Costs are kept to a minimum:
Bike Rental: $80
Coaching: $30 (for beginners only)
Club & CNZ License: $75 (only required once rider commits to the racing season)
If you want to know how to get started into the sport of cycling,
then this is the place.
Just about all of the top New Zealand cyclists come from a track cycling background. This is where they learn the basics of cadence, speed and bike handling. The PNP Cycling Club offers an after-school Junior Track Programme starting around Mid-October through to Mid-March. The Club has 40 track bikes available for hire to new riders trying out the sport. These bikes can usually fit kids from Year 6 and upwards, but there are now a few tiny bikes available for kids from about 8 years old. If you have your own bike then there’s no age limit to get started.
The beginners group is held on Tuesdays from 4pm-5.30pm. This group learns bike handling skills in a fun, safe atmosphere. We play games on the bike, first starting out on the grass, then moving up to the track later. Formation riding, team events and time-trials are usually run on these afternoons. Peer coaching is provided by older, more experienced kids to help run this group. We 'play' bike!
Everyone develops at their own pace and riders soon move on to a higher level. An intermediate group starts after the Beginners group at 5.30pm and are doing more experienced stuff like motor-pacing behind a motorbike, sprint practice and pursuits. An all-together faster experience. Runs from 5.30 until 7pm or later with Seniors. There are opportunities to train on other nights, with senior riders too.
Performance Team Training
At various times during the week, special training and coaching sessions are allocated for the Wellington Junior Team preparing to go to the National Track Champs in March. Regular motor-pacing is required to get the speed & experience before going to the Nationals.
We may make a few trips to the Avantidrome in Cambridge as well.
The National Champs are held at indoor velodromes: there’s one in Invercargill and one in Cambridge, so the Nationals alternate between the two tracks.
Track Racing is held on Sunday’s from 3pm at the Wellington Velodrome in Hataitai park (November-March). There are Sprints, Derby’s, Keiren’s, Devil-take-the-hindmost, Points, Wheel-races and Madisons plus more. Something for everyone. This is a carnival atmosphere so parents, bring your picnic hamper, blankets and sun umbrella’s. There is a Pointscore Trophy & Jerseys for each grade throughout the season and these are most coveted by our younger riders. There is also a most improved Junior trophy awarded at the end of the session. There are track carnivals in Levin, Fielding, Wanganui and Cambridge that we also go to.
The season rounds off with the Wellington Track Cycling Champs a few weeks before the Nationals. A chance for you to be a Champion and win Gold!
Track Bike Rentals
PNP Club owns approximately 40+ rental track bikes. These range from XS to XL frame sizes. The extra-small bikes usually fit riders from about 8-9 years old. These track bikes are single-speed, fixed gear bikes with no brakes and are designed solely for riding on the velodrome. We also have a range of spare pedals, cycling shoes and helmets that riders can also use to fully equip themselves for racing. We even have cycling clothes to give to the committed.
Junior Track Cycling Records
During the season riders have the opportunity to challenge the fastest times in their age-group to obtain a new Wellington Record. Planning ahead for the ideal weather conditions and ensuring there are enough time-keepers are available on the day is important.
You can see the current record times set here: Junior Wellington Records
Contact Gary, the Junior Coach: Tel 021 173 4406 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“Track cycling gives you the speed and skills for riding on the road; and road cycling gives you the endurance to race on the track.”
PNP Junior Track Cycling is all about winning — in every sense of the word. We offer leading-edge coaching and programmes, to inspire riders to the winning edge at the National Track Championships. But winning is about far more than medals. It’s about getting into a hugely exciting sport and learning superb bike-handling skills. It’s about speed, tactics and effort. It’s about experiencing first-hand that 100% commitment can truly bring goals within reach — for everyone. It’s about getting the support of people who have loved the sport for decades. Perhaps most of all, it’s about gaining the friendship of clubmates and having a power of focused fun. Join us and be one of the winners.