great places to visit off the beaten path.
Herne Hill Velodrome is one of the oldest cycling tracks in the world. Originally built in 1891, it became the home of Crystal Palace FC during WW I and was used as a gun battery site in WW II. After sustaining damage in the war it was restored and selected as an olympic venue site for the 1948 London Games. In fact, it is the only venue from those games that still exists today. Unlike modern olympic velodromes, the site at Herne Hill is an outdoor shallow bowl with a 450 metre track – the steepest banking is 30 degrees. Today the track’s future appears assured, with events catering for riders of all ages and abilities.
The track offers lessons ranging from introductory sessions on up to lessons for aspiring track racers and gear hungry, advanced riders. Introductory sessions even include the provision of a bike for those who want to try out track riding for the first time.
The track also hosts numerous events and competitive races for the spectator to enjoy. Riders such as Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins have raced here. For a full calendar of events go to their website at: www.hernehillvelodrome.com
Located at: 104 Burbage Road, Herne Hill London, UK SE24 9HE
Closest rail: North Dulwich or Herne Hill (closest tube: Brixton)