All year round sessions for training on Tuesdays and Thursdays are 8.15pm – 9.45pm
From mid March to end of September it is currently fixed wheel both nights, track bikes only
From beginning of October to mid March it is Road bikes only
All sessions must be pre-booked (please note that in order to book, you must be signed up as a casual member) Helmets are compulsory. All links for signing up and pre-booking can be found at the bottom of this page.
These sessions are run by Palmer Park Stadium and you need to contact the coach for more details.
Tuesday & Thursdays March to September Fixed-Wheel Cycling* (invite only through the coach)
Start Date: Thursday 17th March
Days/Times: Thursdays- 8.15 pm – 9.45 pm. 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 The session must be booked in advance online. Bookable 6 days in advance. This session is invite only through our coach. Do not book unless you have spoken to the coach prior.
Tuesday & Thursdays Road Bike Cycling from October 4th to mid March
Days/Times: Tuesdays- 8:15pm-9.45pm. 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 Bookable 6 days in advance.
Toilet Facilities: From 25th April through the summer the stadium building will be closed but access to the track continues. Toilets be outside in Portaloos
From 17th 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 6 week course 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.
Due to the closure of the stadium and the bike storage from 25th April it may not be possible to run more accreditation courses through the summer unless sufficient riders have their own bikes.
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 2022 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 17th March 2022 (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 coach. 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 (8.00 pm) so that a bike can be sorted out. If definitely coming please 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://bookings.better.org.uk and create an account to sign up, then login.
To find your centre search “Palmer Park”
Select “Make a Booking” and on the next page select the venue from the long list “Palmer Park”
then select “other group activities” then “Group sessions” for Road bikes or “Fixed Wheel Cycling” for Thursday track session
then “View Timetable” to make your booking.