Tuesdays – 8.30 pm – 10.00 pm – all year
Thursdays – 8.30 pm – 10.00 pm – October to March
All year round sessions for training on road bikes. All sessions must be pre-booked (please note that in order to book, you must be signed up as a casual member) strictly no ad-hoc access. Helmets are compulsory. All links for signing up and prebooking can be found at the bottom of this page.
These sessions are run by Palmer Park Stadium and you need to contact them on 0118 343 4861 for more details.
Tuesday Road Bike Cycling
Start Date: Tuesday 13th of April
Days/Times: Tuesdays- 8:30pm-10:00pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early and queue/wait at the gated track entrance at the side of Stadium where the coach will cross you off their register.
Bookable: Yes- online and over the telephone(centre not opening until 12th of April). No walk-ins, the session must be booked in advance online. Bookable 6 days in advance.
Toilet Facilities: Yes, in the corridor. Please do not come to reception(you can though, of course).
Thursdays – 8.30 pm – 10.00 pm – March to September
Thursday Fixed-Wheel Cycling* (invite only through one of our qualified coaches)
Start Date: Thursday 15th of April
Days/Times: Thursdays- 8:30pm-10:00pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early and queue/wait at the gated track entrance at the side of Stadium where the coach will cross you off their register.
Bookable: Yes- online and over the telephone (centre not opening until 12th of April). No walk-ins, the session must be booked in advance online. Bookable 6 days in advance. This session is invite only through one of our coaches. Do not book unless you have spoken to a coach prior.
Toilet Facilities: Yes, in the corridor. Please do not come to reception.
From March and running until end September there are training sessions specifically for track racing on fixed-wheel bikes with no brakes. These sessions are structured and cater for all levels from novices to elite riders. Novices who wish to progress to racing in the Reading Track League must receive the approval of the coaches before doing so.
Starting with the first session (see below for start of training) we will take on new novices for a series of 6 week courses leading to accreditation. There are only 8 hire bikes available but new riders with their own bikes will also be included to a maximum of 14 for the session. Interested riders should pre-register with John Percy to book a bike. Regular attendance is essential as the course is progressive.
These courses will continue through the season on a rolling basis, beginning a new course every 8 weeks or when there are enough candidates.
Structured Quality Training for Track League riders will continue in parallel and accredited riders will move onto that programme at the end of their course.
Riders attending the Thursday night sessions in 2021 will be required to pay an additional £1 each to the Track League to defray the mounting costs of maintaining the Dernys. No charge will be levied if Dernys are not used and novices will be exempt if they do not use the Dernys.
Fixed wheel training will start on 15 April 2021 (weather permitting).
Hiring of Track Bikes
The Track League owns a small number of track bikes which can be hired at a cost of £5 per session payable to the coaches. Riders wishing to hire one of these bikes, should, bring with them their own pedals, shoes and tools and aim to arrive a little earlier (8.15 pm) so that a bike can be sorted out. If definitely coming contact Chief Coach John Percy
Payment and Registration
The website has been updated and the sessions are only bookable online 6 days in advance. Please see the details below which can be found on the web:
To Register you need to go to https://better.legendonlineservices.co.uk/palmer_park/account/login and sign up, then login.
Select “Make a Booking” and on the next page select the venue from the long list “Palmer Park”
then select “other group activities”
and then “cycle session” for Road bikes or “Fixed Whee Cycling” for Thursday track session
then “View Timetable” to make your booking.