Certification Classes

Presented by Outback Cycles:

All Certification Class graduates receive 10% off new track bikes by showing their certificate at Outback Bikes.

2020 Class Schedule – remaining classes canceled due to Covid for 2020
    • – March Weekend Class: March 7th and 8th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Remember Daylight Savings!
    • – April Weekend Class: April 11th and 12th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    • – May Weekend Class: May 16th and 17th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    • – June Weekend Class: June 20th and 21st from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    • – July Weekend Class: July 18th and 19st from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    • – August Weekend Class August 15th and 16th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    • – September Weekend Class: September 12th and 13th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

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 Tuesday nights or, at least, join our Beginner Training sessions!

Signup: Send email to [email protected] and include your bike size or height or sign up in our online-store
Cost: $60.00 (bike rental included)
Waiver: Bring a signed waiver with you on day 1
Equipment: Bring your track bike, cycling shoes and corresponding pedals, and helmet from home. If you don’t have these items, you can wear tennis shoes with laces tucked in and use one of our rental bikes and helmets for no extra cost.
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.

What about races?

Beginner races are on Tuesday along with Masters and Women. You can also race Pursuit and Sprint 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.
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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.

What time should I get there?

ORGANIZED warmup pacelines start promptly at 7PM. Racing starts promptly as soon as the warm-up is completed. Most people get there around 6PM to get 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/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.

Why don’t Beginners race on Wednesday with the As, Bs, and Cs?

Because if they tried to get races in for As, Bs, Cs, Ds, Masters, and Women on the same night each category would get only 1 race in a night which is totally not worth anyone’s time. So, it’s split 3 and 3.