Members of the club train at the iconic indoor velodrome in the Olympic park in east London (Lee Valley) and the historic outdoor track at Herne Hill in south-east London. We also race at the velodromes in Newport (S. Wales), Derby and Manchester, taking part in the local league, British Cycling National Masters Championships, and BMCR (formerly LVRC) National championships and Omniums. We have some very experienced and successful track riders in the club, keen to pass on the benefit of their experience to newcomers. Roly Crayford and Geoff Wiles both are Masters World champions, and have numerous National titles between them. Geoff is also a British Cycling track coach.
All members are encouraged to experience riding on the track, even if they have no intention of racing. Not only is it great fun, but riding a fixed wheel bicycle improves pedalling technique and speed control. Riding on the track with an experienced coach to advise develops group riding skills. All these skills are just as important for club rides and sportives as for races.
We run occasional club track skills sessions, but both Herne Hill and Lee Valley have their own training sessions open to the public from beginners upwards and have bikes for hire. See their websites for details:
SFA & TRACK RACING
The club track championship races are traditionally held at Herne Hill on the August bank holiday Monday. The photos show the members in 1977 in front of the old pavillion and in 2017 in front of the new one.
Roly Crayford has been riding World and National Masters Championships for many years, travelling as far as Australia in a successful quest for medals. Roly’s haul of World Masters Track medals to date is 3 gold, 29 silver and 4 bronze. He also has gold medals from the World Masters Games and European Games where he set a world record. He has won 20 National championships.
In 2014, after a hiatus of some 40 years, Geoff Wiles returned to track racing and won the Gold medal in the LVRC Masters National Championship. Persuaded by Roly to enter the Masters World Championships, he returned as double World Champion, with Gold medals in the Pursuit and Points Race and a Bronze in the Scratch Race. Up to 2018, he had added 3 more World Championship track bronze medals, and in the National Track Championships 15 Gold medals, 18 Silver medals and a Bronze.
In 2019, Geoff won 3 more National titles, another World championship, broke a World Record in the pursuit, and coached his wife, Barbara to win her first National and World Championship jerseys.
Recent forum updates