Calshot Activities Centre

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Transport Heritage Site plaque mounted on the former Short Sunderland flying boat hangar, at the entrance to the Calshot Activities Centre and the velodrome.

Calshot Activities Centre is located on Calshot Spit near Southampton. Indoor facilities include a velodrome, dry ski slope and climbing wall.


Calshot Velodrome is the oldest indoor cycling venue in the UK.[1] It is located inside an old aircraft hangar, is unheated and has a reputation for being rather cold.[2] The current wooden velodrome was built in 1996 to replace an older slightly smaller wooden track.[3]

The former wooden track was a shortened version of the London six-day racing track used at Earls Court in 1967 (not to be confused with a similar track used at Wembley from 1968 to 1980).[4]

The current track is 142.85 metres long with bankings of 45˚ and straights at approximately 20˚.

Calshot Winter Track League, run under British Cycling rules, is held weekly from October to February.[1]


  1. ^ a b "UK VELODROMES -- CALSHOT". British Cycling. 
  2. ^ "Prime Calshot winter sessions: It's fast, it's furious, it's Calshot". Reading Velodrome Racing News. 
  3. ^ "Calshot Hampshire United Kingdom, Activities Centre Hampshire 142.857m training and regional events track 1996". Ron Webb Cycle Tracks. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Waller, Howard. "A trip to the Calshot track" (PDF). Oxford City Road Club News. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 

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Coordinates: 50°49′08″N 1°18′29″W / 50.818761°N 1.308103°W / 50.818761; -1.308103