Track racing dates back to the end of the nineteenth century and takes place on specially constructed track with banked walls. It is a discipline that requires specific skills as the bikes do not have brakes or gears and are controlled by a fixed cog system. Track cyclists are normally more powerfully built athletes, generally with far more muscle bulk than “road racers” due to the explosive nature of the sport.
The sport in KZN is managed and controlled by the KZN Track Commission that falls under KZN Cycling and forms part of the provincial body. There are currently two tracks in KZN – the Cyril Geoghegan Track in Durban and the Sax Young Track in Pietermaritzburg.
Track competition disciplines are made of ten events divided into three generic elements as follows: