From October to March, with a short break from mid-December to mid-January, the Burnaby Velodrome Club plays host to a series of Friday Night Races. Racers in four different categories complete two to three races each night, with a mixture of race formats on tap. From new graduates of our Intro to Racing program to seasoned veterans, the Friday races are exciting for participants and spectators alike.
Aside from our FFNRS our races are run for all ages and abilities. If you have not raced at the Burnaby Velodrome before you are required to complete the Intro to Racing program. If you have racing experience at other velodromes you may be allowed to race at the discretion of the coaches and officials. Contact Us if you have questions on this subject or are considering traveling to the velodrome to race.
Racing begins at 6:30 pm with Novice and D class racers, 7:00 pm is the start for C, B and A categories. Racing usually wraps up around 8:30 pm. Admission for spectators is, as always, FREE (except FFNRS).
Planning on racing? Please print out and complete our Rider Profile form so our commentators know a little bit about you.
The Novice, D, C and B category races are all run with mandatory gear
restrictions. The restrictions are as follows.
The gear restrictions are in place to provide graduated speed restrictions for
the racing categories. Giving the opportunity to racers to focus on skill
instead of purely on speed. As racers gain experience they can move up in the
categories and increase their gearing to match.
To race in the faster races, in the higher categories, riders must amass points
to upgrade. Riders in C and B will need 45 points to upgrade to the next
category. For the D/Novice the required upgrade points is 35. Upgrade points
can come only from top five finishing places. In the case of lower turnout and
a combined category points still only come from top five places. (1st 8 pts,
2nd 5pts, 3rd 3pts, 4th 2pts, 5th 1 pt). Any upgrade must also be ratified by
the BVC Program Director and other coaching staff.
Coaching staff and race officials marshall and monitor the races. Any rider
receiving more than one warning in an evening will be suspended for the
remainder of evening and the next week’s session as well. Repeated warnings and
suspensions will be dealt with by the BVC Program Director.
These restrictions and regulations are in place for the safety of all riders.
It is important to keep in mind that, despite the intensity of effort, these
races are meant to be a training ground for all racers. They are meant to
foster better skills for all levels of riders and should not be taken too