Track League 2022

Welwyn Track League meetings are held on Fridays throughout the spring and summer at the Gosling Sports Park velodrome. The first league meeting of this season will be on Friday April 29th 2022.

The track league registration fee will again be £10 for seniors/juniors and £5 for youth race entries, plus a £5 refundable deposit for race numbers. Please complete the registration form here.

For youth riders, there will be two groups based on age and ability. Youth A riders may ride with the Senior A group on invitation by the TL officials. The Senior B group will not be available to youth riders this year.

Entry for league events this year will again be via the online booking system and will be available to enter until 2pm on the day of the event (no pre-entry by this time, no ride – no exceptions!) All riders must enter in advance as this greatly helps the organisers in both planning the schedule for each event and notifying riders if an event is to be cancelled due to bad weather. Cancellations prior to the event will receive a full refund. Bookings made by a registered account can be managed from the My Account page.

Three open meetings are planned this year, on Friday 3rd June (afternoon event as it is the Queen’s Jubilee – Bank Holiday), Friday 22nd July, and Friday 16th September. These will be Regional C+ races, and be offering BC licence points. Entries will be via the British Cycling website for these open meetings.

A reminder that Gosling Sports Park has parking fees; the first three hours are free, but thereafter a fee of £2 per additional hour applies, where vehicle details must be registered on departure with payment. Failure to register and pay will result in a fine. For those using the car park up to three hours, no registration is necessary.

Over the years there has been some great and highly competitive racing at Welwyn Track League, and we are hoping for good numbers again this year. We aim to promote a varied programme with special events such as keirin and possibly a Madison night subject to demand. It goes without saying that the success of the league depends on good attendances from the riders, so do your best to spread the word about Welwyn Track League.

Summary of Dates
Friday 29th April to Friday 9th September: Friday league meetings (unless otherwise stated). Click here to enter.
Friday 3rd June: Welwyn Track Platinum Jubilee Meeting (enter via BC website).
Friday 22nd July: Open Meeting (enter via BC website).
Friday 10th September: Open Meeting (enter via BC website).

The Race Organiser is Doug Driscoll douglas_driscoll@hotmail.com

Track League Accreditation

Returning Riders
If you have raced at Welwyn Track League within the last 3 years then you will receive automatic accreditation to ride at this event. Please include details of previous years’ experience on your registration form.

New Riders
If you are new to Track League, or are returning after a hiatus, then you will need accreditation to race at this event. Automatic accreditation will be given out to riders that have raced at recognised track events at approved indoor/outdoor velodromes within the last 3 years. Please give details of any such events in your registration form.

If you do not have the necessary racing experience to receive automatic accreditation, then you can gain accreditation at one of our Open Track Training sessions (see below).

Open Coach-Led Track Race Session
There will be three Open Coach-Led Track Race Session refresher race practice sessions on the preceding Fridays in preparation for the return of the track league.

These sessions are open to all previous track league participants and those experienced track riders who want track racing accreditation. Riders that have proof of track racing experience at other leagues can sign on but are still advised to attend these sessions to help acclimatise themselves with the Welwyn track and protocols.

Open Track Training
Open Track Training takes place at Gosling each Monday throughout the summer.

If you want to ride in the Track League but do not have the necessary experience to gain automatic accreditation, you can attend one of these sessions to be assessed and accredited by the coaches. Riders wishing to be assessed to race the Welwyn Track League should make themselves known at sign on. Riders will be issued with a bib by the sign on team for identification purposes during the race training session. If successful, riders will be able to register for Track League although will still be under initial probation at the discretion of the TL promoter and commissars.

These are coached training sessions, intended for riders that already have some track experience. If you are new to track cycling and are interested in novice training sessions, please see the What’s On page or contact trackleague@welwynwheelers.org.uk for further information.

Safeguarding Lead

Club Welfare Officer: Juliet Barker
welfare1@welwynwheelers.org.uk