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.


Learn to Ride Programme

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

When: Tuesday’s 4:00-5:00pm

Runs in Term 4 from Tuesday 13th of October 2020 until Tuesday 8th  of December 2020 (9 sessions)

Cost: $110 for the term (this includes bike hire for this programme if required)


  1. Maximum 15 riders
  2. You must enrol for the whole block. Sorry, roll up and ride not allowed
  3. Ensure riders are wearing tops that cover their shoulders, singlets are not permitted
  4. For non-accredited kids only


Learn to Race Programme (Level 1)

This is not running in term 4 2020


Junior Development (Level 2)

For riders who are ready to compete at Junior, Centre and 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.

When: Tuesday’s 5-6pm

Runs in term 4 from Tuesday 13th October 2020 until Tuesday 8th December 2020 (9 sessions)


Excluding bike hire – $100 per term

Including bike hire – $145 per term


  1. Maximum 20 riders
  2. Accredited riders only
  3. You must enrol for the whole block. Sorry, roll up and ride not allowed

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.

When: Monday’s 5-6pm

Runs in term 4 from Monday 12th October 2020 until Monday 7th December 2020 (8 sessions – no session on Monday 26th October as it is Labour Day)


Excluding bike hire –  $90 per term

Including bike hire – $135 per term


  1. Accredited riders only
  2. Maximum 18 riders
  3. You must enrol for the whole block. Sorry, roll up and ride not allowed


U17 Squad

When: Friday 4-5:30pm

Runs in term 4 on the following dates only:

  • 16th October
  • 30th October
  • 6th November
  • 13th November
  • 20th November

Cost: $80 for the term


  1. Maximum 24 riders per session
  2. You must enrol for the whole block. Sorry, roll up and ride not allowed
  3. Accredited riders only
  4. You should be either 15 or 16 in this calendar year (2020)
  5. This programme will include time off the track working on development themes
  6. You will need your own track bike to be a part of this group – hire bikes are not available
  7. You will need clip on aero bars for some sessions
  8. Riders who turn 15 before March 31st, 2021 will be considered (at the discretion of the Head Coach)


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


Our Junior Programme has been enabled thanks to the support of