We are often asked if there is racing for little riders, and the answer is a definite yes!
For our youngest riders we run "half track" racing. Riders start in the middle of the third straight of the track and race around the final corner and down the last straight. The obstacles are relatively small in this area of the track so young ones are easily able to negotiate them. We have riders on run bikes, riders with training wheels, and riders that have a parent helping them along. We have had riders as young as two years old out racing!
Half track racing starts prior to our regular 7:00 pm race every Tuesday. Half track racing usually start at about 6:45pm, with them riding three "moto's" or heats.
Half-track riders require an annual license anfd there is a $2 cost for weekly racing, and all half-track participants receive a treat at the end of their third moto each week for their efforts. Typically, half-track racers should be doing full track by the age of six, and often they are ready even earlier!
As the half-track racers are not using the starting gate and are travelling at slower speeds, they are not required to have all the safety gear that the full track racers require. Half-track riders are allowed to race with a regular bicycle helmet, and we ask that they wear long pants and a long sleeved shirt. Gloves are also a really good idea--even gardening style gloves will work!
2017 Annual Licence fee for U13 riders (12 years of age and under) is $55. This gives them access to any Cycling BC track.