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.
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 about our Have-a-Go session here.
Regular Avantidrome track sessions are categorised into the groupings listed below. Different eligibility criteria exist according to the each category. All sessions on our track schedule are named either open, coached, specialist or closed.
You’ll find more detail on each of these categories below.
To find out what sessions are on each week, jump on over to our track schedule where you can view by date, filter by class and even book your session. Take a look at our different membership options below:
The Track Coached Card – covering all coached sessions
The Track Uncoached Card – covering all non-coached session (Open Rolls, etc)
The Junior Track Card – covering Junior sessions (but not the Junior programmes or School holiday programme)
These sessions are open to all accredited riders aged 13 years and over. Open sessions are made available for you to ride for fitness or to do your own specific training. Avantidrome does not supply coaching staff for open sessions.
Open Roll (1hr)
Open Rolls are ideal for you to develop your general fitness, however no structured training is allowed including efforts and starts etc. Open to all accredited riders aged 13 years and over.
Adult: $16.50 (1hr), $24.75 (1.5hr)
Juniors: $11 (1hr), $16.50 (1.5hr)
Open Training sessions are open to all accredited riders aged 13 years and over 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 Cycling New Zealand Accredited coaches for access to the apron of the velodrome. Riders and coaches need to work in with each other to organise training during these sessions.
Note: use of start gates is prohibited in these sessions.
Avantidrome Coached sessions are open to accredited riders and are designed to develop skills and / or fitness. They are structured to cover the technical, tactical and fitness requirements of the sport. A qualified Avantidrome coach is provided to coach each session. These sessions will develop you at your pace and take your riding to the next level. All riders must be 18+ to ride in the coached fitness sessions.
Coached Fitness 1 – 60 or 90 minute sessions
These classes are to further develop your riding skills in bigger bunches. There is a qualified Avantidrome coach who takes all of these classes so you will receive instructions all the way through.
Coached Fitness 2 – 60 or 90 minute sessions
Discuss this option with your Avantidrome Coach to confirm you are at the required standard to attend this class. These sessions are designed to take your skills and fitness to the next level.
Monday Nights Coached – Sprint & Endurance Training (18+)
This session will be coached by Zac Williams (NZ Sprint Olympian) and Mark Stewart (Commonwealth Games Gold medallist) and is not to be missed. Learn some new skills, get some tips from the wealth of experience these guys bring and also get some good hard training in! The aim is for riders to form groups based on the discipline that they want to develop and then Mark (Endurance) or Zac (Sprint) will guide you through the session.
These sessions are coached by Michael Bland and cater for para athletes wanting to improve their skills and fitness in Para Cycling. Para Cyclists wishing to join this session need to be assessed either by Michael or Para-Cycling NZ before entering the session. This is to ensure all the necessary pre-requisites are met to ensure the safety of all riders. Please contact Michael to arrange an assessment.
Masters Fitness and Fun
Thursday morning from 9-10am there will be a Masters Fitness and Fun session. This is a session suitable for all abilities and will focus on gaining some fitness, learning new skills while having fun with a great group or people.
These sessions are designed for athletes that are specialising and looking to improve their performance or skill level in a specific discipline or are preparing for a major competition. Specialist sessions include (but are not limited to) specialist gates, specialist derny, specialist sprint sessions and other specialist coached programmes. These sessions are not part of our day to day, regular programmes and require either additional equipment, coaching or staff resources.
Specialist classes are often offered as a block of specilaised coaching and generally incur an extra cost over and above your membership.
The Avantidrome will offer specialist gate sessions leading in to major track events. These sessions are designed to develop the correct technique for starting from the electronic start gates. It is also an opportunity for riders to do specific start gate training.
Specialist Coached Sprint Training
Track sprinting, track bunch racing, and road racing all have one thing in common – the fastest, smartest rider generally wins! There are regular Coached Sprint Training blocks on offer to help all riders improve their sprinting skills. Flying 200, match sprint, kierin sprint and bunch sprinting are all covered allowing all riders to benefit from some specific sprint training.
The Avantidrome is available for private hire (subject to track availability) by members of the public.
The minimum booking period is 60 minutes and for those who are not yet accredited, 15 people is the maximum number we allow on the track at a time. For groups of 15+ we therefore recommend 90 minutes.
The Avantidrome can tailor a closed, private session to your requirements and can include the following;
Private individuals or groups
Closed sessions are available to all members of the community.
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.
Please contact our Head of Programmes and Coaching, Colin Dixon at email@example.com for all track hire enquiries and bookings.
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 do provide an opportunity for you to visit 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: firstname.lastname@example.org