Calshot Activities Centre

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


Calshot velodrome with Woolwich CC cyclists riding round banking (March 2013).

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. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. 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