To ensure the safety of all riders on the track and a pleasant experience for all who visit, we have in place certain track rules as conditions of entry for all riders and coaches who use the track here at the Avantidrome. Please take a moment to familiarise yourself with these.
A copy of our track rules and etiquette can be downloaded here.
Our Avantidozen pass gives you 12 sessions for the price of 10. Available for both youth and adults it’s really great value and means there’s no need to carry cash or cards to the Avantidrome for regular track sessions.
To purchase your Avantidozen pass, simply ask at reception and we’ll sign you up there and then. Alternatively phone us on 0800 VELODROME (835 637) and we can take your credit card payment by phone.
Once you have your Avantidozen pass you simply register at reception on arrival each time, we’ll keep a track of your usage and let you know when it’s time to renew. Easy.
If you’ve never ridden on the Avantidrome and want to give it a try, this is the session for you. An Avantidrome coach will fit you with a bike and helmet and will guide you through your session on the track. If you enjoy the Have a Go and want to continue riding the Avantidrome, the next step is to become an accredited rider via the Accreditation Process. Find out more here.
You must have completed a Have a Go Session before starting the Accreditation Process.
You need to become an accredited rider to attend any of the sessions listed below (excluding schools sessions, refer to below). The principle behind the accreditation is for rider to be coached to a level where they can safely ride the velodrome unsupervised. Rider’s will be taught the required skills and etiquette to ride safely.
Please remember that this is only the first step of the journey of learning to ride the track at the Avantidrome. Once you have passed your final assessment, ask your Avantidrome coach for advice on what sessions are best for you to continue your development.
There are two ways of becoming accredited.
You will be coached by qualified Avantidrome Coaches to the required level to ensure you can safely ride the Avantidrome unsupervised. This process recognises that everyone learns at different speeds, so there is no set number of sessions to obtain accreditation. Every session you attend will be assessed and you will be progressed at a speed matching your competence.
The express accreditation is available to cyclist that have previous track racing experience or are accredited at velodromes around the world. Depending on your skills, you may or, may not be required to do an on track assessment. Please download this form and send to firstname.lastname@example.org to see if you are eligible for express accreditation.
These sessions are open to all accredited riders where the Avantidrome does not supply coaching staff. They are for people to come to the Avantidrome and ride for fitness or to do specific training.
This session is designed to develop general fitness, however no structured training is allowed including efforts and starts etc.
This session is open to all accredited riders where their personal coach can be present and/or structured training efforts can be completed as part of the rider’s development. Coaches must be CNZ Level 1 Accredited.
These sessions are open to all “Accredited Riders” and are designed to develop the athlete’s skills/fitness. They are structured to cover the technical, tactical and the fitness requirements of the sport. A qualified Avantidrome coach is supplied to take each session. These sessions will develop you at your pace and take your riding to the next level.
This session is great for women who want to learn in a supportive environment, among fellow Ladies. An Avantidrome coach leads and structures this session.
Coached Fitness 1 & 2
These sessions are as it sound, they are designed to improve your fitness and are not designed as a technical and tactical session, so you will get minimal instruction in that area. Your Avantidrome Coach will be able to advise you what level to book into, this will ensure your maximal enjoyment and benefit.
Coached T & T (Technical & Tactical)
These sessions are specifically designed to cover the skills that riders need to race or ride at a level that they can achieve their goals. These sessions will cover every event that a cyclist my ride. They will give you the knowledge to race at events from community racing to national championships. You will get the opportunity to practice the skills with mock racing.
Specialist Endurance Sessions
Commencing Sunday 23rd of July.
This will be a session with an Avantidrome coach provided and is designed to practice the timed Endurance events. The sessions will also include the Time Trial, Individual and Team Pursuit and is 1.5 hours long. You can bring your own personal coach if you’d like to but if they are unavailable then our coach will be there. If you are looking at improving your timed events these are the sessions for you.
Any student can book into our Youth & Schools Programme.
Whilst some sessions are aligned to specific schools where they have their own school’s programme and coach, many of the sessions are now open to any student to join so that all have the opportunity to experience riding at the Avantidrome.
These sessions are run by qualified, experienced Avantidrome Coaches. Students can work to become accredited as part of these sessions, or if already accredited, work to further develop their skills in preparation for Schools Racing on Friday nights here at the Avantidrome.
Note: These are the only sessions, which a child younger than 10 years will be considered; this is considered on a case by case basis.
To book see our Track Schedule and look for ‘Schools – Program’ for session times.
If you are unsure about which session best suits your needs call reception on 07 823 1421 and they’ll help you out.
Racing – Schools
As it sounds this racing is designed for the kids. It is an exciting night for the kids to match themselves against their mates and prove their superiority. Click here for updates.
To guarantee a spot, pre-register for the term here
PLEASE NOTE: A $5 bike hire fee will apply per session if you wish to use an Avantidrome hire bike for racing from the beginning of Term 2, 2017.
These sessions are designed for athletes that are specialising and looking to improve their performance for a major competition. They are for riders that have the upper level of competency and are confident in all aspects of riding the velodrome. To attend these sessions, the rider will need their own bike as gears changes are required for different efforts. Your Avantidrome coach will be able to tell you if you are capable to ride in these sessions. These sessions are designed as an opportunity for the athlete to further develop from the Coached sessions.
This session allows riders to motor pace behind an Avantidrome derny. This session will improve the rider’s ability to pedal at a higher cadence and speed. It is a fun way to train and a great way to develop fitness.
This session is designed to teach riders the correct technique for starting from the electronic start gates. It is also an opportunity for riders to do specific start gate training.
These sessions are designed to further develop the rider’s technical and tactical skills for all track endurance events e.g.: Scratch, Points, Omnium Events, Team and Individual Pursuit.
These sessions are designed to further develop the rider’s technical and tactical skills for all the sprint events e.g.: Kilo, Sprint, Keirin, and Team.
These bookings are private sessions where you or a group of people can train together without other people being allowed on the velodrome. NOTE: The use of additional equipment will come at an extra cost and if unaccredited riders are riding during this session an Avantidrome coach is required.
A non-refundable deposit of $85 (+GST) for each hour booked is required to confirm your booking. In the event that whole or part of the booking is cancelled and track time cannot be rebooked by the Avantidrome then this deposit will serve as a cancellation fee.
The Avantidrome provides a training ground for Cycling New Zealand and Para-Cycling High Performance squads . These sessions are coloured yellow on our track schedule and start with the prefix HP so they are easily identifiable. Even though you cannot ride in these sessions, they are an opportunity to come to the Avantidrome and watch some of the best cyclists in the world training.
If you have any queries, please contact reception on 0800 VELODROME or email: email@example.com
We understand that racing is not for everyone, but don’t write this off just yet! Racing is a little bit like playing netball or rugby, you don’t play those games to just train, you want to play. The racing sessions are designed for people to “play” the sport of cycling. Everyone will be graded so you will be riding people of the same ability. There is a race session for everyone.
Racing – Battle of the Schools
The Battle of the Schools is the popular battle between the schools. This racing is designed to find who the best school around town is. The schools sessions are designed to teach the skills so the riders can compete in this racing.
Racing – Community
This racing is run by the Avantidrome staff and designed for the any rider in the community to come and have some fun while trying to prove they are better than their friends and other like-minded people. There will be a different program each time to mix up the racing with different events and distances.
Racing – Top Trackies
This session is a testing session. You will be timed over different distances. It is a great way to test whether you are getting fitter as you will be able to see the progression over time.
Racing – Sprint Wars
This is a new racing session that is specifically designed for the sprinters. It will cover the individual sprinting events and give the riders the opportunity to practice their race craft. All riders will be graded so you will only be racing people of the same ability.
Racing – TA Club
This racing is conducted by the Te Awamatu Sports Cycling Club. You need to contact them to attend this racing. http://www.tasportscycling.co.nz/