Cycling FAQs

Cycle track

COVID-19 updates

Derby Arena infield activities and indoor cycle track are currently closed while the centre supports the NHS as a Vaccination Centre. We will re-open the gym in line with the proposed government's roadmap advice. 
Read the full story on Derby Active updates here.

Online cycling continues 

We will continue to offer a weekly session for those that cannot attend, just join us on our Derby Arena Cycling Hub Facebook Group page here

This session is great for those that want to take part in community sessions and wish to remain isolated from group sessions currently. The structure will follow what riders complete on track during and SQT, you can use a home trainer or spin bike and get a great virtual workout.

Derby Arena cycling returns

A round-up of FAQs, useful tips and interesting facts for your track cycling experience at the Arena.

If any of the questions do not answer your query, please contact Derby Arena on 01332 640011 or email

Can I get changed and showered on-site?

Unfortunately, we are not offering these facilities currently. We ask that riders come prepared to ride and exit the facility in a timely manner at the end of the session.

When can I access the facility?

We are allowing access 30 mins prior to the session, this allows us to ensure the area is safe to use and enough time for you to prepare.

We do ask that you come prepared to ride as there will not be changing facilities. Additionally, we will only allow access once per session, so please ensure you bring all your equipment in a single trip from outside.
After the session, we will ask you to vacate the cycling d and facility no longer than 15 mins to allow the areas to be cleaned for the next session.

Can I access my bike storage?

You are welcome to access the bike storage facility at any time throughout the day or during a session. You will need to observe the room's capacity and the one-way customer flow in place.

What car parking do you have?

We have car parking facilities on-site, these are free to use for 3 hours if taking part in any activities at the facility. Simply put your reg into the car parking pods located within the cycling D. Any additional time on site is £3 for the day however we recommend vacating the facility after the session has finished.

Can I bring a friend to watch?

For everyone's safety and numbers of people in the building, we currently are not allowing spectators in the building. 

Can I hire a bike?

Unfortunately, we will not be offering the hire of equipment until phase 2 of the return to cycling offer at Derby Arena.

I completed some of the accreditation, can I finish the process?

Due to the amount of time cycling has not been offered we are starting accreditation sessions again at 1 and 2. This will allow new riders or returning riders a suitable start point to bring their track skills back up to speed, We will be adding stages 3 and 4 at a later date.

Why are sessions limited capacity?

We have limited the sessions to a 20 max attendance to ensure that whilst off the track social distancing can be observed.

For sessions for vulnerable users, Para and Super Vets, we have set the limit at 10 to further increase social distancing.

Can I fill my water bottle?

We will not be offering this on site

Can I use the Cafe

The cafe is not currently open, the vending machines are in use however there is no seating. For staff and customers safety, we are not allowing social use of the facility until an easing of the current restrictions around COVID.

What clothing do I need to wear?

Don't worry about purchasing any professional clothing during your first sessions riding the track. It's essential that you stay safe and comfortable during your sessions. 

  • Helmets are required for all track cycling activities. Please note that no MTB peaks are allowed on your helmet. We do have helmets that can be used free of charge.
  • It's a good idea to wear two layers of clothing, especially on your top half. 
  • Padded cycle shorts would improve your comfort when riding the track, however, they are not essential.
  • Stay away from wearing loose clothing as it may get caught up on something. Similarly please ensure that all laces are tucked away in your shoes or socks.
  • All our bikes require clip in cycle shoes, which are available for hire in a range of sizes. We use Look Keo pedals for our bikes at the Arena, providing that your cleats are in good state of wear, you will be able to wear your own clip in shoes. 
  • We also recommend wearing gloves or track mitts for rider safety.
  • For safety reasons we would highly advise you wearing either clear or very light tinted sunglasses/glasses. 

How old do children need to be before they are allowed on the track?

For all sessions riders will have to be 12 years old or over and already be proficient cyclists. During the first sessions, children will also be introduced to track etiquette, which they will need to follow for health and safety reasons. Some school group activities are available for children from the age of 9.

I am riding my bike to Derby Arena, is there anywhere to leave it safely?

Yes, you will be able to lock your bike outside the Arena.

Please be advised that if you are riding with cleats you will either need to use cleat covers or have recessed cleats to gain entry to the reception and cafe area. Alternatively please bring a spare pair of shoes with you if you wish to walk around the Arena.

What time shall I arrive for my track session?

Please note all riders will need arrive for their session at least 30 minutes before the start of the session to ensure you get your equipment and yourself ready for the session. It is essential that you report to the cycling D at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the session to receive the safety briefing from the coach. Failure to do this may mean you miss the safety briefing and therefore are unable to take part in the session.

The safety and welfare of the group is paramount to Derby Arena, therefore anyone who doesn’t adhere to the coaches instructions and is putting the safety of themselves or others in danger will be asked to leave the track and will not be refunded for the session. 

Track bike storage

If you're looking for somewhere to store your bike safely then look no further, we have the perfect facility for it. Our cycle hub has secure storage units available for hire. By storing your bike and equipment with us you will avoid the hassle of transporting it back and forth for track sessions. Even more, this option will provide you with a peace of mind, knowing that you bike is safe. 

Can I ride my own bike on the track?

The Arena reserves the right to inspect your bike and equipment prior to use. Please ensure your bike is clean and meets the specification for the track. 

If your bike or equipment is not suitable for your activity, where possible, you will be able to hire a bike or equipment at an additional cost.

If you choose to use your own bike/equipment, you do so at your own risk and the Arena will not be liable for any damage or loss to it while it is at the Arena.


Cycling helmets must be worn for all cycling activities. All helmets must meet the applicable British safety standard (currently BS EN 1078:1997).
Your helmet must not have a peak or anything attached to it if you are using the Velodrome track. 

Bike Specification

The specifications required for Derby Arena’s track are:
- only purpose made track bikes may be ridden on the velodrome track (road bikes can be ridden subject to approval for aerodynamic testing sessions)
- the bike must be in good condition and undamaged
- the bike must be the correct size for the rider
- a fixed wheel drivetrain
- 165mm (170mm for pursuit) cranks with 280mm (11”) or greater bottom bracket height (measured from floor to centre of bottom bracket)
- the frame must not have braze-ons or extraneous fittings
- the frame must have track ends
- tyres/tubulars must be in good condition
- tyres/tubulars must be 21-25mm wide
- tyres/tubulars must not have coloured tread
- tyres/tubulars must be cleaned before entering the track
- no dual compounds are permitted
- tyres/tubulars must be correctly inflated to the manufacturer’s specifications
- tubulars must be correctly glued and not taped
- new tyres/tubulars must be cleaned with white vinegar or isopropyl alcohol prior to use on the track
- the wheels must be of the same size front and rear
- the wheels must be spoked (not disc) for all taster and accreditation sessions
- the handlebars must be drop bars and have bar tape/grips and bar-ends (aerobars are permitted only in specific sessions)
- brake levers or callipers must not be fitted
- spare sprockets must not be fitted to double sided hubs
- quick release wheel axles are not permitted
- wheel axles should not extend beyond the track nuts
- mandatory gearing for all riders on taster sessions - 84” (47x15 or 50x16)
- the chain tension should be tight enough to avoid derailing but not so tight it ‘binds’ the drivetrain
- chain, sprocket and chainring should not be excessively worn
- devices such as bike computers or digital displays must not be visible to the rider whilst riding.

To make sure your track bike meets our track requirements, please get in touch with our cycle team in advance of your visit, by emailing