Certification Classes

2021 Class Schedule
  • July/August Weekend Class: Jul 31 through Aug 1 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • – Future classes are to be determined as we rebuild velodrome programming after taking 2020 and most of 2021 off due to Covid-19.

Learn to ride and race on the Dick Lane Velodrome!

Between March and September, we offer track certification classes for all riders 17 years old and over to learn the fundamentals of track riding. Riders younger than 17 will begin in Youth Cycling League. Classes are scheduled intermittently according to demand and the instructor’s schedule. Once certified, you will be ready to race  in the “D” category on Wednesday nights!

Signup: Go to our calendar page, select the certification class you would like to sign up for and purchase a “ticket” to get certified.

Questions: Send questions to [email protected]

Cost: $60.00 (bike rental included)

Waiver: Bring a signed waiver with you on day 1

Equipment:

  • – Rental bikes (without pedals) are available for no additional cost. You must provide your own shoes and corresponding pedals. If you don’t have these items, you can wear tennis shoes with laces tucked in.
  • – Bring your own helmet (required)
  • – You can bring your own track bike provided it has a fixed gear, no aero bars, no brakes installed and does not carry water bottles.

Final Certification Requirements: You must attend all sessions of a class to receive your certificate, so plan ahead!

I’ve Completed the Beginners Class, Now What??

OK, so you just finished the DLV Track Certification Class. Congrats! Now you are eligible to train and race at one of only 22 active velodromes in the country. Here are a few random things that you may want to know:

What Category Am I?

You are ATRA Category “D” or USCF Category “4” depending on who’s asking. Even if you are Category 1 road or MTB racer, you will be a “D” racer until you get enough points and/or the Race Director upgrades you at his discretion.
dicklanevelodrome.com/racing-categories

What about races?

Beginner races are on Wednesday nights: dicklanevelodrome.com/schedule

What about gearing?

Most racers here use a gear somewhere between 86 and 94 inches. We recommend starting small and getting bigger as you go. Generally speaking D racers would be around 86″, C racers around 86-88″, B racers 88-90″ and A racers 90″+. This is just a general guide to get you started, you may tweak things as you move through each category.
View Gear Chart

What races will we race?

It’s up to who’s running the races that night. Get familiar with the names. But don’t worry, there will be a brief explanation before each race and a chance for you to ask questions.
dicklanevelodrome.com/types-of-events

What time should I get there?

Racing starts promptly at 7:00 PM. Most people get there around 6PM to unload the car, prep the bike, warmup, etc…

What’s the atmosphere like?

Very laid back. Sort of like a pickup basketball or volleyball game at the gym.

How much does it cost?

$10 or $15 per day for racers. Free for spectators. Bring your friends! It’s only a 1 mile ride/walk from the MARTA station. The East Point Velodrome Association, Inc. (EPVA), is a 100% volunteer-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

What should I wear?

If you already have cycling kits, then wear those. But, don’t spend lots of dough on a fancy kit if you don’t have it. You can get some basic cycling shorts from Outback Bikes and a regular dri-fit type athletic shirt will do. You can race in jeans if you want, but that’s between you and your behind. Only requirement is not race in “baggy” clothing.