About Cycle Speedway
Cycle Speedway is a unique branch of cycle sport where the races are short - usually four laps of an outdoor 70-90 metre oval dolomite track.
At Cycle Speedway we mainly race in individual events each weekend but essentially cycle speedway is a club sport. Throughout the year we also do some team racing at Interclub and League racing events against other South Australian Cycle Speedway Clubs.
There are also individual championships, including a World Championship that includes regular 'Ashes' contests between England and Australia. The opportunity for riders to race at an International level can be achieved with International Tours every two years. This usually applies for riders over thirteen years of age on 24 or 26 inch bikes.
Senior riders are explosive sprinters but they also have stamina to enable them to keep going through a long match. Their skill levels are high with slick starting, cornering and passing techniques an essential. Strength is also required during contact with other riders.
Cycle Speedway bikes are as simple as BMX or Track bikes and frames are often converted from mountain-bikes.. There are no gears, brakes, brackets, quick-release fittings, etc.
Clothing is pretty conservative - riders are required to cover themselves from the neck down to protect against falls and of course a helmet must be worn. Contact can be expected in the older grades, so many riders wear additional protection such as knee, elbow and hip pads.
Physical contact is both legal and often necessary in Cycle Speedway when team racing against other clubs. Riders can expect to pick up some knocks and grazes but generally the sport is no more dangerous than other sports such as football or skateboarding. Care is taken in the running of a race meeting with a referee in charge and first aid facilities made available.
Because of its strong club and league structure, and the fact that it takes place on purpose-built tracks, Cycle Speedway is one of the easiest forms of cycle sport to get into. Cycle Speedway clubs always welcome newcomers and many of them have bikes available for loan to beginners, including coaches willing to tutor them in basic skills.