DHBC welcomes, encourages and supports the training of all junior cyclists. We run junior track sessions at Tempe (Canterbury) Velodrome every Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 7pm. The program is open to all kids aged 5-18, and from any member of an AusCycling affiliated club (not just DHBC).
Kids are welcome to come and try track cycling for fun. If you decide to take your riding to the limit in competition - we'll be right behind you! You could become the next Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny or Laura Kenny. All world champion cyclists start at their local club and DHBC wants you to start your cycling journey with us.
Join The Sprockets and start riding the track as early as 5. It's all about learning discipline and bike skills whilst having fun.
From age 8, you can start to get involved in drills and efforts, as well as track racing. Build connections and gain cycling skills.
Our training sessions are led by Colin Williamson and Charlie Dale, both experienced, accredited cycling coaches.
Tempe (Canterbury) Velodrome is located at Bayview ave, Earlwood NSW. The track is made of concrete and is 333 metres around at its shortest point, with the corners banked to a maximum of 32 degrees.
The session fee is $10, which includes the bike hire.
Learning to ride a track bike is a great way to develop your cycling skills. With our coached lessons, we teach juniors discipline to pedal smoothly and efficiently, and help juniors feel confident riding and racing in close quarters to other riders.
The club has several bikes for loan free of charge but if you have your own track bike feel free to use it. After you've become proficient we'd hope that you will buy your own. This will help to get other new riders out on the track and ensure that everyone gets plenty of track time. Quite often older juniors will sell their smaller bikes as they grow, so look out for those too. We can also point you in the right direction if you wish to buy a new one. Please don’t hesitate to chat with one of the coaches or experienced members of the Club.
Road and recreational bicycles are generally not allowed on the track. Track bikes have a "fixed gear", no brakes and drop handlebars.
The gear "rollout" for junior bikes vary. Pushing a really big, hard gear can be detrimental to a junior’s physical development, so the gear rollouts are restricted depending on the age of the rider (rollout is the distance the bike travels in a straight line in one full revolution of the pedals). For example under 13s is 5.5 metres and under 15s is 6 metres. Our coaches will advise on gearing restrictions for competition. The club will help to set-up your bike correctly. Whilst it is not a difficult task, it does require specific tools, spare chainrings and sprockets which we can help you with.
You can be a member of any club to ride with us. As long as you have an active AusCycling license, you are welcome to come down to one of our training sessions.
Most rack cyclists appreciate the benefits of building up their skills and endurance through road riding. DHBC Juniors members are welcome to join our club rides provided they are accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. The best ride for you to start with is our weekly Saturday Slowies. The ride leaves from the corner of the Post Office Square located at the intersection of Silver St and Marrickville Rd, Marrickville at 6.30am sharp (best to be at least 5 minutes early). It's a guided ride which takes cycle-friendly routes to Centennial Park and back. Friendships are cemented over breakfast on Marrickville Road after the ride.
No. Parents aren't allowed to ride with their kids during junior training sessions. However there is a training circle ("warmup track") in the middle of the velodrome where parents can accompany their child to get them comfortable. Parents can sit in the grandstands, watch and support riders or get involved with supporting the coaches with tasks.
No. DHBC doesn't run first-time "How to ride" classes. Kids will need to learn and practise basic riding before coming to one of our track sessions. If you are having trouble teaching your child to ride a bike, you can get in contact with one of our coaches and arrange some one-on-one coaching sessions.