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Track cycling is a branch of the sport that’s raced on fixed distance tracks called velodromes. They vary in length but for the Olympics and World Championships, velodromes are standardised at 250m round with banked straights and corners.
Track racing is characterised by short distance events ranging from 200m to typically not more than 50km. There are races for pure sprinters as well as endurance riders - similar to track athletics.
In this section on BikeRadar we’ll give you a complete guide to track cycling events with the Olympics in mind, what makes up a track bike, what it’s like to ride the track for the first time and more.