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There is ample parking available at the venue. Due to the location and the volume of traffic you will need to leave plenty of time to enter and exit the venue.

Public parking is located on the St Peters Sports Field. It is free to park. Please follow the directions of marshals at all time and apply patience particular when exiting.

There is traffic management in place on State Highway 1.

There are dedicated entrances for vehicles travelling from Hamilton and from Cambridge.

Once you have parked follow the signage to the venue and cross at the dedicated crossing points.

See the venue map here.

The Events

The programme includes five different events (for both men and women). This follows the Olympic schedule. These events are Team Pursuit, Team Sprint, Individual Sprint, Keirin and Omnium.

Team Pursuit

Two teams, each of up to four riders, compete, start on opposite sides of the velodrome. Both men's and women's events are competed over a distance of 4 km, by a team of 4 riders. The objective is to cover the distance in the fastest time or to catch and overtake the other team in a final. Riders in a team follow each other closely in line, drafting to minimise total drag, and periodically the lead rider (who works the hardest) peels off the front, swings up the track banking and rejoins the team at the rear. The position of the third rider is pivotal because final times are measured as this team member's front wheel crosses the finishing line.

Since the winning team is decided by the third rider, it is common for one rider to take a "death pull," where he or she rides so hard that they cannot maintain the group-pace afterwards. This allows their team-mates to briefly recover behind him before they make a final three-man acceleration towards the finish line

Team Sprint

In the men's event, a three-man team time trial held over three laps of a velodrome, and, in the women's event, a two-woman event held over two laps.
Like the team pursuit event, two teams race against each other, starting on opposite sides of the track. At the end of the first lap, the leading rider in each team pulls up the banking leaving the second rider to lead for the next lap; at the end of the second lap, the second rider does the same, leaving the third rider to complete the last lap on his own. The team with the fastest time is the winner. The third rider needs good endurance qualities to maintain high speed to the finish.

Individual Sprint

Starting next to each other, this involves two riders. These events do not usually start with riders sprinting from the starting line and they are not confined to lanes. The early parts of each race will often be highly tactical with riders pedalling slowly, as they carefully jockey for position, often trying to force their opponents up high on the track in an attempt to get their rivals to make the first move. Some even bring their bicycles to a complete stop, balanced upright with both feet still on the pedals and both hands on the handle bars (a track stand), in an attempt to make the other rider take the lead. Trackstands can only be held for a certain time and you cannot go backwards in a trackstand by rocking backwards and forwards as the judge will be following the trackstand from the bottom of the track. The reason for this apparently strange behaviour, as in many track cycling events, is both aerodynamics and tactics.

When racing at high speed, the rider who manages to stay just behind his opponent can draft, expending less effort. By riding behind the 'lead out' rider, the second rider reduces the aerodynamic drag felt. Just before the finish, the trailing rider pulls out of the slipstream, and aided by fresher legs, may be able to overtake the opponent before the line. To prevent this, the leading rider may choose to accelerate quickly before the last lap, hoping to catch his opponent off guard and establish a large enough gap to negate the aerodynamic effect or to keep the speed high enough to prevent his opponent from completing a pass.

During the race, the lead out rider may choose to hug the measurement line on the inside of the track giving him the shortest path around the track. Likewise, he may choose to hug the sprinter's line (a red line 85 cm up track) to force his opponent to come higher over the top of him. The sprinter's line defines the sprinter's lane; once the sprint is initiated riders may not drop into the sprinter's lane or cross out of the lane unless they have a clear lead over their opponent.


The Keirin is a form of motor-paced cycle racing in which track cyclists sprint for victory following a speed-controlled start behind a motorised pacer. Races are 2 kilometres long. Lots are drawn to determine starting positions for the sprint riders behind the pacer. Riders must remain behind the pacer for a predetermined number of laps. Initially it makes circuits at about 25 kilometres per hour, gradually increasing to about 50 kilometres per hour. The pacer usually leaves the track approximately 600–700 meters before the end. The winner's finishing speed is around 70 kilometres per hour.


This is made up of 6 separate events (Scratch Race, Individual Pursuit, Elimination Race, Time Trial, Flying Lap and Points Race). For the first five events, each winner shall be awarded 40 points, each second place shall be awarded 38 points, each third place shall be awarded 36 points, etc. Riders ranked 21st and below will each be awarded 1 point. In the Points Race, riders shall add to, and lose points from, their points total based on laps gained and lost, and points won in sprints.

The winner of the Omnimum shall be the rider who has obtained the highest total of points. In the event of a tie in the final ranking, the places in the final sprint of the last event, the Points Race shall break the tie. A rider must have completed every event in the omnium

The Athletes

The event will see the around 300 of the world’s best track riders racing for not only glory but crucial points to qualify for the World Championships and the Rio Olympics. Look out for big teams from Great Britain, Australia, Germany, Canada and France. Watch out for more details on who is coming soon.

New Zealand Team

Watch this space as we begin to announce our athletes.

Volunteer Sign up

A great way to get involved is to volunteer. There will be many and varied positions available through the lead up and during the weekend. More information on volunteer opportunities will be released shortly.

Mobility Access

The Avantidrome provides full mobility access to the venue. Ticket information for mobility access and companions can be found under tickets.


More information on tickets will be released shortly.

Get involved in Cycling

The statistics say it all: one million two hundred and seventy thousand New Zealanders of all ages now ride.

We ride road cycles, mountain bikes, BMX and on the Track. We ride to work, we ride for fitness and fun, and we race. New Zealand is a nation with a passion for the pedals, a nation that's taken cycling to its heart and it is Cycling New Zealand's mission to ensure cyclists of every age and ability are given the opportunity to participate, develop, compete and perform right up to the highest international level.

Cycling New Zealand is the National Sporting Organisation (NSO) for Cycling in New Zealand. Not only do they supports the High Performance programme they also support the education, skills, community initiatives, pathways for riders and coaches and supports cycling events in New Zealand.

To find out how you can get started at any level or any category of cycling click here

Where to stay in Cambridge

The town's central location means many visitors choose to stay in or near Cambridge for events such as the UCI Track Cycling World Cup.

For more information or help to find accommodation contact the I Site here.