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Cycle Track

Colchester’s Northern Gateway Sports Park has the largest Cycle Track in the East of England.

Our 1-mile floodlit closed road cycle circuit is perfect for road cycling of all abilities. With multiple individual circuits the track can be rode by novices and cycling enthusiast alike. Users are welcome to bring their own bikes.

Use your Leisure Card to book now. If you do not have a Leisure Card, register online.

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GO-Ride Cycling Schools & Learn to Ride

Our Learn to Ride area is free to use to public! Please note during coaching sessions and cycle events using the cycle track, the Learn to Ride area will be closed to the general public*

Sign up to road cycling programmes with British Cycling’s GO-Ride at Colchester’s Northern Gateway Sports Park. 

  • For adults – British Cycling’s Learn to ride programme helps adults new to the sport of Cycling to learn new skills. 
  • For children – With a designated Learn to ride area, children can learn to ride using one of our balance bikes. These bikes have no pedals to help teach the art of balance.  

Once a child is ready to transition from a balance to pedal bike, one of our qualified instructors will teach them how to pedal and break safely.

  • Coaching for school children – With staff and volunteers providing knowledge and practical experience, to help you learn British Cycling techniques essential for teaching school children. 

 

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Cycling Clubs

Cycling clubs can hire the Northern Gateway Sports Park 1-mile Cycle Track for training and competitions. Hiring My Lap timing system, and timing hut are available.

If you’re interested in using the track for a club get in touch with us!

Cycling Sportive

Sign up to one of our mass-participation cycling events.

With a variety of challenges taking place on our cycle track and on open roads, our Cycling Sportives are perfect for cyclists looking to challenge themselves, bikes are also available for hire. 

More details about Cycling Sportives will be announced soon.  

Cycling Pump Track

Pump cycling is perfect for riders looking to improve their upper body strength. The bikes are pumped to generate momentum. BMX bikes are also available for hire to use on the track. There are two different tracks on offer at the Northern Gateway Sports Park and both are available for hire.

Adult Prices:

  • Adult per Session: £5.00

Junior* Prices:

  • Child per Session: £4.00

*Please note: parental supervision is required for juniors. 

 

Use your Leisure Card to book now. If you do not have a Leisure Card, register online.

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Cycling Led Rides

Join one of our cycle rides which is led by a qualified instructor. Off-road and on-road routes are available for various abilities and speeds.  

More details about Led rides to be announced soon.  

Disability Cycling

Colchester’s Northern Gateway Sports Park offers cycling sessions for people with disabilities. With accessible cycles making cycling available by removing barriers, we can provide the opportunity to allow everyone to cycle independently, with their family or as part of a group.

More details about Disability Cycling will be announced soon.

Cycling Competitions

Colchester now hosts world cycling competitions at the Northern Gateway Sports Park.

Our 1-mile Cycle Track if perfect for local, regional and national events, coordinated with local clubs and British Cycling. Venues are available for hire.

Cyclocross Racing

Test yourself with Cyclocross racing. Taking place in the autumn and winter, Cycle Cross consists of many laps of a short course.  

A variety of routes will be laid out for clubs, groups and individuals.  

More details about Cycling Cross will be announced soon.

Bike Hire

Bike hire is available for individuals and families, for use on the road track, pump track, learning to ride and recreational hire.

The prices listed below are for hiring bikes to use around Colchester’s Northern Gateway Sports Park. 

Adult Prices:

  • Bike Hire per hour: £7.50

Junior* Prices:

  • Bike Hire per hour: £4.00
  • Balance Bike Hire per hour: £3.00

The prices listed below are for our Cycle Track usage and are charged per session:

Adult Prices:

  • Cycle Track Adult: £5.95
  • Pump Track Adult: £5.00

Junior* Prices:

  • Cycle Track Child: £4.95
  • Pump Track Child: £4.00

*Please note: parental supervision is required for juniors.

Bike Hire Information 

Cycle Closures

23 October: The Cycle Track & Learn to Ride area will be closed from 9:00-17:00

26 October: The Cycle Track & Learn to Ride area will be closed from 11.00-16.00

6 November: The Cycle Track & Learn to Ride area will be closed from 9:00-17:00

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

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