Track League FAQ's
Q: How do I join the league?
A: To join the league you must first have a British Cycling race licence. You must also have track accreditation. There are a number of routes you can gain your accreditation. This could be through another indoor velodrome, Lee Valley Velopark, or through British Cycling’s Go-Ride cluster sessions.
Once you have these two items in place, you can join the league using a link on LYTL web page or via British Cycling’s website. The London Youth Track League has a profile page on British Cycling’s website with a link to membership. You will not be able to access a race night until you have membership in place first.
Q: Are the groups based on youth licence category.
A: No, the groups are based on ability, although we will use licence category to formulate the groups before the start of the series. The LYTL is not an open event, but a closed event. This is the reasoning behind the membership; this enables the league to have ability groups as per British Cycling track regulations.
Q: My licence category changes from the 1st January, does this mean I can change my gearing within my current group.
A: No, even though you may be in the next youth category as per your licence change from the 1st January, the group maximum gear will remain the same to the end of the series. This will ensure there is fairness across the series.
Q: How will I know if my gearing conforms to the maximum gear allowed for my group?
A: Gear checks will take place during the sign-on process. You must present your bike to the official at gear checking. The official will tick you off as checked before racing commences. If you have not had your gear checked and you start racing, then you may be asked to leave the race to have your bike checked for conformity.
Q: The gearing of my group states a maximum of 6.93m. Do I have to ride this gear or can I ride a lower gear, like 6.45m?
A: Yes, you can ride a lower gear, but you may not exceed the maximum gearing for your group.
Q: Am I at a disadvantage if I ride 6.45m gear instead of a 6.93m gear?
A: No, the best advantage you can have is to practice increasing your cadence without your pedalling technique collapsing i.e. severe bouncing in saddle, not pedalling in circular motions, poor core stability. The gearing difference is immaterial. A youth rider should be able to increase their cadence to 150-200 RPM for at least 10 seconds plus from an average cadence of 100-120 RPM.
Q: I am struggling in my group. I am finding it difficult to hold a wheel and am getting dropped after a couple of laps.
A: Don’t worry. If you are finding it difficult within your allotted group we can move you down a group. We want you to enjoy your racing and race within a bunch to develop your track craft.
Q: How does the league work?
A: The league is based on a rider accumulating points for each race. There are four races per group on a race night. The points are award from 1st down to 6th (6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points). At the end of the series there will be a podium for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for each group; the three with the highest points total. In the case of riders with equal points, we will work out the number of 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. places gained from a rider in a race format to determine a finishing order.
We also have a gold leader’s jersey for each group. We will present the current leader with the jersey before racing commences on each race night.
Q: Is there British Cycling points at the end of the league series to be added to my licence?
A: No, there are no BC points as the event is a closed event.
Q: What are bonus points within a race format?
A: Bonus points are there to encourage you to be competitive within a race format. It might be that you have no league points, but this may be your chance to get some points on the board. It also provides those to close gaps on their nearest competitor within the league standings.
Q: What is the race format for the league?
A: The majority of the races are endurance based, but we will try to include shorter distance formats to create a sprint type race. The key formats will be scratch, points race and eliminator.
Q: I have entered a race night, when will I know if my race entry has been accepted?
A: Race entries will be processed the Sunday before a race night. The London Youth Track League does have a closing date on British Cycling’s event calendar of Tuesday, one day before a race night. This enables those who may have forgotten to enter the opportunity to enter late, but there are no guarantees of the entry being accepted. Late entries will depend on the amount of entries processed on the Sunday and whether the group has reached its track limit of 28.
Q: What happens if my race entry is not accepted during the Sunday race entry processing?
A: If your race entry has been declined, then this means we have reached the track limit for your group. We will however place you on a reserve list and/or ensure that when you enter the next race night your entry is accepted as priority.
Q: When is payment taken from my account for a race entry?
A: Payment is only taken once an entry has been accepted, which will be during the Sunday processing, three days before the event.
Q: When do race entries open?
A: Race entries for the next race night will open on the Friday at 9am after the previous race night.
Q: Does the league have its own rules regarding bike equipment, like deep section wheels.
A: Apart from the maximum gearing for each LYTL group (see above); the rules for bike equipment are governed by British Cycling technical regulations. You must make yourself familiar with these rules i.e. deep section wheels for licence category. A Commissaire may ask you to remove a piece of bike equipment from your bike if it does not conform to the regulations.
Please note: bike equipment includes British Cycling’s technical regulation regarding clothing for cycle sport racing.
Q: My race entry has been accepted, but I have just found out that I have a school event or I have come down with a bad cold.
A: If you can let the event organiser know by 5pm on the Wednesday before a race night (24 hours), then we will reimburse your race entry fee. After this we start to process race participants, which include race insurance etc. and therefore cannot guarantee a race entry fee being reimbursed.
Please bear in mind that as soon as you let us know, then we may be able to fill the place, if there is a reserve list.
Q: When will I know about what the race format is for the race night I have entered?
A: We will issue a race programme no later than Monday before a race night. There may be times, especially when organising a specials night, that we may need to issue out further instructions 24 hours before the event. We will endeavour to send out all information relating to a race night as quickly as possible.
Q: When does sign-on open and close?
A: Sign-on opens at 6.15pm on a race night. There is no set closure time for sign-on. We appreciate you may be travelling some way to the venue and traffic issues are hard to predict.
If you are running late, please contact Lorraine at the sign-on desk on 07852 996 750 who will ensure that your place is not taken by a reserve rider. If you do not let the sign-on desk know by 7pm we will offer the place to a reserve rider if we are oversubscribed for that group.
Q: Can I hire a track bike from Lee Valley Velopark to race on at the London Youth Track League?
A: No, the venue will not permit their hire bikes to be used for racing. You must own or have access to your own track bike.
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