Avantidrome Junior Programme

Thanks to the generous support of the Grassroots Trust the Avantidrome Junior programme offers young riders a pathway of continual development. From first timers on our have-a-go sessions all the way up to advanced junior level, there will be a session that suits everyone.

The programme is designed to allow riders to progress when they have acquired the skills and fitness to ride competently and safely with riders of a similar ability.

These sessions are run by qualified, experienced Avantidrome Coaches and are suitable for kids aged from 9 years (provided they meet the minimum height requirements of 135cm) up to 18 years of age.

Our Youth Programme Coach, Colin Dixon will be able to advise on which programme level individual riders should be attending. Contact Colin on 07 823 1421 or via email colin.dixon@avantidrome.nz for more information on which programme is most suitable for your needs and we’ll get you booked in!

Progamme details are outlined below. Session times can vary so be sure to check our Track Schedule for programme session times.

To secure your place on a programme please book and pay for the whole term. *Please Note: Sessions are non refundable if you do not attend.

 


Junior have-a-go

These are fun introduction sessions to encourage juniors to come and try out the Avantidrome track. All you will need to wear is shorts, tee shirt (no singlets) and covered shoes and you will be coached by an Avantidrome Instructor.  We will provide the bike and a helmet (although you are welcome to bring your own helmet if you prefer).

On completion of each of these sessions we will sit down with the groups to let them know what their options are if they wish to continue.

When: Check the Track Schedule for upcoming sessions. Book online, or call reception on 0800 VELODROME and we’ll do it for you.

Cost: $25 per person

 


Learn to Ride Programme

Where all our Juniors will start their track cycling journey. This is a term-long programme where riders will be coached towards becoming competent to ride the track.

Here they will learn all the skills required to ride safely and be aware of other riders around them. They will also learn the track rules and what the track markings are for.

They will be introduced to racing in this group and the skills required to race safely.

Riders will only progress from this group when the coach is satisfied that they are ready – this includes demonstrating a good track awareness and a required level of fitness.

This will be run as a term long programme, so you will need to book in for the whole term. Sorry, roll up and ride will not be allowed.

Term 1, 2019 classes start 11th February and run until 12th April

When: Monday 5-6pm

Cost:  $100 for the term (includes bike hire for this programme)

 


Learn to Race Programme (Level 1)

The next step……

Here they will start to learn race tactics, the different types of races and how they work, team racing skills, efficiency and most importantly, bike handling skills.

There will also be more emphasis on fitness in this group, but it will always remain at an age appropriate level.

Riders will also be encouraged to race in the Friday Night Schools Racing series and will learn all about the different types of races that they will encounter.

This will be run as a term long programme, so you will need to book in for the whole term. Sorry, roll up and ride will not be allowed.

Term 1, 2019 classes start 15th February and run until 12th April

When: Friday 5-6pm

Cost:  $100 per term (includes bike hire for this programme)

 


Junior Development (Level 2)

For riders who are ready to compete at Schools events.

Here they will continue to develop race tactics, race awareness, bunch racing skills and bike handling skills. There is also more emphasis on fitness and speed in preparation for competition.

Riders will also be tested to build up a file of their “best times” over varying distances. This will help show their development across the programme.

This will be run as a term long programme, so you will need to book in for the whole term. Sorry, roll up and ride will not be allowed.

Term 1, 2019 classes start 12th February and run until 9th April

When: Tuesday 4-5pm

Cost:

Excluding bike hire –  $100 per term

Including bike hire – $145 per term

 


Junior Advanced (Level 3)

For competitive, skilled riders, ready to compete at National level events.

This programme is for riders who are ready to compete at National level events. These sessions will develop rider’s skills and race awareness to enable them to be confident in a high-speed race environment. They will learn to pace correctly and there will be discussion and analysis of various technical aspects of their racing.

There will be more time spent learning to start correctly out of the gates, tactical thinking for sprint and bunch races, how to utilise the track effectively and how to work your way through a tight bunch.

Again, riders will be tested to confirm their “best times” over varying distances to measure their personal improvements.

This will be run as a term long programme, so you will need to book in for the whole term. Sorry, roll up and ride will not be allowed.

Term 1, 2019 classes start 12th February and run until 9th April

When: Tuesday 5-6pm

Cost:

Excluding bike hire –  $100 per term

Including bike hire – $145 per term

 



Junior Specialist Nationals Block

For competitive skilled riders focusing on National Age Group Championships, these sessions are designed to help prepare for competition at national level events. The focus will be on the key skills required to race at that level. Key components of a sessions are starts – both standing and gate starts, pacing for TT events and tactical thinking for points and scratch races.

When:

In Term 1, 2019 there will be a 3 week block leading in to the Age Group Track Nationals which is to be held here at the Avantidrome in March 2019. These will be 2hr sessions and the group size will be capped at 16 riders.

Dates & Time:

17 February: 2-4pm

24 February: 4-6pm

3 March:  4-6pm

Cost: $80

Note:  You must enroll for the whole block. Sorry, roll up and ride not allowed. Priority will be given to riders who are racing at the Age Group National Championships.

 


Additional Sessions

Junior Assessment:

By appointment.  Riders who presently ride other tracks but are not accredited at the Avantidrome can get assessed and signed off to ride/race. We can also recommend which of our sessions may suit them if they wish to ride regularly here.

To book an assessment please contact reception on  0800 VELODROME or reception@avantidrome.nz

Cost: $25

Specialist Junior Coached:

Independent sessions where riders can gain knowledge in specific skills like gate starts, pacing for pursuits, match sprint tactics etc. An Avantidrome coach will run these sessions but occasionally we will be utilising the talents of the High-Performance coaches for specialist advice and information.

Dates and cost TBC. Contact Colin Dixon for more info: colin.dixon@avantidrome.nz

 


Our Junior Programme has been enabled thanks to the support of