The Burnaby Velodrome is more steeply banked than most other tracks in North America. When riding, you will need to maintain a speed of at least 30 km/h to avoid slipping and falling in the corners. In Burnaby, as with many other tracks, the general rule of thumb is to always pass over the top of other riders when overtaking. Do not overlap wheels with the riders in front of you and while riders are on the track, no one is to cross on foot.
Generally the sprinters lane or pole lane is for faster paced workouts or teaching new rider clinics and the blue line, or stayers line, is for warming up on.
Do not ride continuously around the Cote d’Azur as a warm-up or cool-down. This area is for entering and exiting the track and it makes it difficult and dangerous for riders doing speed work in the pole lane, especially in the corners, if riders are continuously on the Cote. Instead, use the warm up lane below the Cote d’Azur.
The blue line, or stayers line, is for warming-up, cooling-down, or going tempo (but always in a pace line). This is not an area to ride two or three abreast and have a conversation. Please hold conversations on the infield.
Pay attention to structured sessions of any kind. If you decide that you would like to join a workout you must first obtain the permission of the BVC representative/coach. After obtaining their permission you will likely be asked to either join in or hang well off of the back (minimum 4-5 bike lengths). Do not assume you will be able to join an existing workout, this is a safety issue! It can be chaotic when riders jump into workouts not understanding the drill being conducted.
When a clinic or learn to ride (LTR) is being conducted priority on the track is given to those riders. Please pay attention to what is going on and watch for riders entering/exiting the track in groups. An individual’s ability to do fast/specific efforts during clinics is compromised; when in doubt please ask an instructor or the BVC coach. Riders not participating in the scheduled clinic or LTR will ride strictly at the discretion of the instructor/BVC coach.
Do not ride between the red (sprinter) and blue (stayer) lines, your intentions are not clear to others. This lane is for transitioning to/from the pole lane and blue, not for hanging out in.
Make sure your bike is in excellent working order: tires are inflated to the appropriate pressure, all bolts are tightened down, and tubulars (when appropriate) are glued satisfactorily. Brakes are not allowed on any track bike whether they are operational or not. Bikes ridden at the track must have proper horizontal drop outs with axle and nut fasteners. Quick releases are only appropriate on front wheels when the lever has been taped down and even then only for individual efforts and/or timed events on the track. No ipods/mp3/music players with ear buds or headphones allowed on track at any time.
This is a multipurpose facility. Be sure to keep the infield clean and tidy; clean up after yourself and put all garbage in the appropriate containers. Remove any chairs and/or bike racks from the volleyball courts when you leave (please don’t assume that it will happen at the end of the session).
Treat BVC volunteers and officials with respect and consideration. These people are certified by the Velodrome Board and are well-trained. They give up their free time to make sure that the Velodrome, the training sessions, and the many races are safe and well-run. Swearing at, arguing with, or distracting them from their responsibilities is bad form at best, and at worst, may put other riders in danger. Violations of this rule will be dealt with depending on the nature of the offence committed. Punishments may include: riders having his/her membership/license suspended, revoked, or the rider could be refused service at the facility. The Club’s volunteers and officials work hard to make riding and racing consistent and safe; your respect is the least they deserve.
Treat other riders, and facility users, with respect and consideration. Racing, competition, and even training can be intense. However, all members benefit if the prevailing mood at the track is one of friendly competition and camaraderie. Treating others with common courtesy allows for an atmosphere within which members may approach one another for issues ranging from equipment problems to techniques and strategy. Verbal or physical intimidation may put other riders in danger and will not be tolerated. Depending on the nature of the offence committed, a rider may be punished by having his/her membership/license suspended, revoked, or the rider could be refused service at the facility.
This Club needs to grow and develop. Do your part to assist in that process by respecting your fellow members and BVC representatives.