So firstly, what is the point of accreditation? Well, there are two reasons for wanting to attain this. The most important being that it shows that you are capable on a track, that you ride safely and can control a
You used to have to be accredited at each velodrome separately, but now your accreditation gets put onto your British Cycling membership, so now you can get accredited at one velodrome, and this should be OK for all the other tracks (but check with each first, as some are still wary of this welcome change).
There are 4 levels of accreditation, and to be 'accredited' you need to pass all 4.
- This is pretty straight-forward - it is basically to check you can ride a fixed-wheel bike without brakes around the velodrome without falling off!
- Level 2 ensures you can cycle in a group with others and can control your speed so that you keep a consistent distance between you and the other riders.
- Level 3 steps up the skill levels, with exercises to prove you can ride is a controlled group within 0.5 meters of each other, switching from the front to the back, both individually and in pairs, and then stacking (4-5 abreast around the velodrome).
- Level 4 is where you prove that you have mastered the exercises from the previous levels, and the testers usually throw in another exercise to check your movement through the group in a slalom path.