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HSBC UK | National Track Championships - Spectator information

HSBC UK | National Track Championships - Spectator information

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The HSBC UK | National Track Championships returns to the HSBC UK National Cycling Centre in Manchester, home of the Great Britain Cycling Team, from 25-27 January 2019.

Whether its your first time to a track cycling event or you've been to the velodrome before, we've got some important information for you to ensure you have an incredible day.


Security bag searches will be in operation for all sessions at the event.

HSBC UK National Cycling Centre (NCC) management will accept a small bag, rucksack or similar for personal use. Multiple bags per visitor  will not be permitted. Any such bags, as determined by NCC management , will not be permitted. 

Please be prepared for this process and allow sufficient time before the start of racing.

NCC management reserves the right to inspect any bag and/or articles of clothing. 

If you need to leave the venue during a session, please ensure you retain your ticket.

Venue concessions

There are a wide variety of licensed bars and catering concessions available throughout the event. Please note, some concessions are cash only. No alcohol is to be taken off site.

Spectators are not permitted to bring the following items into the venue:

  • Food hampers, picnics, cool bags/boxes or similar
  • Fast food, hot food, bulk food or similar

  • Alcohol

  • Glass containers/bottles of any sort

You can bring small snacks, bottled water or soft drinks for your own consumption, provided that any drinks or bottles are in unopened and sealed plastic/paper containers with a capacity of 500ml or less.

If you are bringing small snacks, bottled water or soft drinks, please do so in a carrier bag or small bag or rucksack.

Medical conditions: should you need to bring in food for a medical condition, or have specific dietary requirements, please get in touch before your visit by emailing


The optimum temperature for track cycling is 28 degrees, meaning that for certain events the velodrome will be warm.  As the outside temperature will be much lower, spectators are advised to dress appropriately with a number of layers that can be removed once inside.

For your own enjoyment and safety and to avoid disappointment, please make sure you're aware of these conditions prior to your visit and observe all of these restrictions before, during and after events.

How to get here


The HSBC UK National Cycling Centre is well connected by public transport and spectators are advised to use the Metrolink where possible, alighting at the Velopark stop on the Ashton line. The East Manchester Metrolink line runs from Piccadilly to Droylsden in Tameside and stops at the National Cycling Centre – Velopark station. Please visit the Metrolink website for timetables and further information.  

Map available here.

By bus from Manchester City Centre

Piccadilly Gardens (Stop D) service number 216 to Sportcity - journey time 10 minutes.

Service numbers 235 and 237 also pass Sportcity. Alight at the Visitors Centre to Sportcity, and cross Alan Turing Way, to pass through the Asda Walmart car park, and cross the Stuart Street canal bridge.

By bus from Ashton under Lyne

From Ashton Bus Station - Service number 216 to Sportcity - journey time 24 minutes.

Alight opposite Asda Walmart, and cross Ashton New Road, to pass through the Asda Walmart car park, and cross the Stuart Street canal bridge.

During the championships spectators will need to use the main spectator entrance which is just past the service road to car park 10.

Spectator parking

Spectator parking is at the Etihad Campus (formerly known as Sportcity), through gate two off Alan Turing Way in the Blue Car Parks. These car parks are approximately a 10-15 minute walk from the HSBC UK National Cycling Centre. There is no charge for parking at the Etihad Campus.

Please note: Parking for disabled spectators on site is available but limited and will be for blue badge holders only. Disabled parking must be arranged prior to the event by emailing

By bike

There are covered bike sheds close to reception for visitors, but you should bring your own high security lock. If you are just visiting the cafe, bikes can be parked for short periods in reception, but still needs to be locked securely.  

A footbridge crosses the Ashton canal, which is National Route 60, so there are a number of off road routes you can use, some of them only suitable in daylight hours.

Visit the Sustrans website here for your journey planner by bike. Enter the venue postcode M11 4DQ.

For other routes please click here


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