The Avan­tidrome

The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - NORTH ISLAND -

Track cy­cling is not for the timid. The bikes travel fast, there are no brakes and the track is a ver­tig­i­nous wooden slope. If you fall, you tum­ble from a great height. Add to that a bunch of other rid­ers try­ing to cut you off. At the Avan­tidrome, the lat­est big-bud­get sports arena for fledg­ling su­pers­ports stars, you can sit and watch the ex­perts do it or you can fork out 15 bucks for a bike, a hel­met and an in­struc­tor and try it for your­self.

While the six-storey velo­drome is strictly in neigh­bour­ing Waipa County, Hamil­to­ni­ans have claimed it as their own and thou­sands of city folk go there reg­u­larly to zip around the track or work out at the gym. For lit­tle cy­clists, there is an out­door bike-skills park where they can spin their wheels on a minia­ture cross-coun­try course. 15 Han­lin Road, Cam­bridge, 0800 835 637, avan­

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