What is Cycle Speedway
Short oval shale tracks, four riders head-to-head. Explosive, elbow-to-elbow action. No brakes. That’s cycle speedway in a nutshell. It’s also accessible, affordable, family-oriented and taking place in clubs throughout the country.
Cycle speedway bikes are simple and robust. No suspension, upright handlebars, a low, single gear with a freewheel and 26 inch wheels with heavily treaded tyres. They are purpose-built for one-thing – getting through the slings and arrows of a cycle speedway meeting as fast as possible and in one piece.
Oval shaped shale tracks are the domain of cycle speedway. Born on the bombsites of post war Europe, cycle speedway tracks are among the simplest of cycle sport facilities. Tracks are 70-90 metres in length, with enough width for four riders to race shoulder-to-shoulder. Speedway is an almost solely club-run sport, with clubs building and maintaining their own venues.
Cycle speedway races consist of four riders, contesting four laps of the track from a standing start. Points are awarded according to finishing positions. There are local, regional and national races, leagues and championships for individuals and clubs for different age categories.