London has two disability hub sites, providing monthly, traffic-free sessions for people with disabilities to work with British Cycling coaches in order to improve their riding.
Taking place at Herne Hill Velodrome and Lee Valley VeloPark, the sessions make use of a closed road circuit, indoor velodrome and outdoor velodrome. Both venues are steeped in history having hosted Olympic and Paralympic Games, with Herne Hill the site for the track cycling in 1948 and, more recently, Lee Valley VeloPark being a hub for both track and BMX in 2012.
Disability hub sessions help riders improve their cycling technique, fitness and confidence, with qualified coaches providing tailored support. Riders attend disability hubs with a variety of goals: whether that’s to get into the sport, rehabilitate after an injury or train for competition - right up to talent identification for the Great Britain Cycling Team.
Cycling is a great way to learn new skills, build strength and interact with other people, with the regular hub meets providing an ideal environment for riders to have a safe, fun and challenging experience.
Adapted equipment is available to use, with bikes, handcycles, trikes and tandems on-site. Friends and family are also welcome to ride for free.
Herne Hill Velodrome
Herne Hill is an outdoor velodrome where riders can use their regular bikes on the track or on the inner 250m cycling circuit (no fixed wheel track bikes to be used at these sessions). Car parking, changing facilities and equipment can all be accessed, though bikes are only available for riders 4’10”/148 cm and taller to make use of. Riders of any age can bring their own bikes however.
Lee Valley VeloPark
Riders can access activities on a 1.6km closed road circuit and the 250m indoor velodrome. Car parking, changing facilities and equipment can all be accessed, though bikes are only available for riders 4’10”/148 cm and taller to make use of.
Wheels for Wellbeing: an award-winning charity supporting disabled people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the benefits of cycling on 2,3 or 4 wheeled cycles. They run drop-in inclusive cycling sessions for disabled people and their families, carers or friends, from three bases in south London (Croydon, Herne Hill, Ladywell Sports Centre).
Limited Edition Cycling's Unique: Saturday afternoon sessions in the Eltham area of the Greenwich borough. It is suitable for all ages and all abilities wanting to learn and enjoy riding and racing.
Bikeworks: a social enterprise which aims to make a positive impact on the lives of people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Bikeworks provide a number of opportunities to access all ability cycling sessions, bikeability training and bike maintenance courses across London.