Calshot Activities Centre

Calshot Activities Centre is located on Calshot Spit near Southampton. Indoor facilities include the oldest velodrome in Britain, a dry ski slope and a climbing wall.


Calshot Velodrome is the oldest indoor cycling venue in the UK.[1] It is located inside an old aircraft hangar, is unheated and has a reputation for being rather cold.[2] The current wooden velodrome was built in 1996 to replace an older slightly smaller wooden track.[3]

The former wooden track was a shortened version of the London six-day racing track used at Earls Court in 1967 (not to be confused with a similar track used at Wembley from 1968 to 1980).[4]

The current track is 142.85 metres long with bankings of 45° and straights at approximately 20°.

Calshot Winter Track League, run under British Cycling rules, is held weekly from October to February.[1]


  1. "UK VELODROMES -- CALSHOT". British Cycling. Archived from the original on 5 January 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2009.
  2. "Prime Calshot winter sessions: It's fast, it's furious, it's Calshot". Reading Velodrome Racing News. Archived from the original on 24 December 2005. Retrieved 10 July 2009.
  3. "Calshot Hampshire United Kingdom, Activities Centre Hampshire 142.857m training and regional events track 1996". Ron Webb Cycle Tracks. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  4. Waller, Howard. "A trip to the Calshot track" (PDF). Oxford City Road Club News. Retrieved 3 July 2012.

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