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Disabled Riders / Paracycling

We are pleased to be able to offer specific disability sessions on some Thursdays in partnership with PP Simtech. Please see this page for details.

In addition, if you have the ability to ride a two wheeled bike, but cannot ride on your own on Manchester Velodrome, or you have previously ridden as a co-pilot on a tandem outdoors, and you are 12 years or older, then you can book on a Taster session that caters for Disability or Visually Impaired riders at HSBC UK National Cycling Centre.  You would  ride for up to 1 hour on the back of a track tandem. The price includes tandem hire and helmet, and Lake shoes are available to hire at additional cost. Please book and pay for the session in advance with reception.


The smallest tandem has a 19” (48cms) rear seat tube, so you need to refer to this table:

Height Req. In Metres Height Req. In Feet/Inches Tandem Rear in Inches Tandem rear In Cms
1.44 to 1.52  4'10" to 5'0" 19 48

There are some Taster sessions where trained and accredited tandem pilots are usually available, and ride as volunteers, and can accommodate one VI rider per Taster session. We can only book VI riders on sessions that have a pilot available. The pilot must be a Manchester Velodrome track accredited pilot.

The Taster Sessions where pilots may be available are:

  • Tuesday 12:00 -1:00pm
  • Thursday 5:00 - 6:00pm
  • Friday 12:00 - 1:00pm

Please note - activities are subject to availability and change at the Management’s discretion. Therefore, please telephone reception on 0161 223 2244 (option 3) before setting out, to avoid disappointment.

Cancelled sessions can only be transferred or a refund made if more than 7 days notice is given.

Concessionary rates are available to Job Seekers, Pensioners 60 years or better, Under-16s and Students in full time education on some NCC activities. Please bring proof if you wish to take advantage of a discount.

Private sessions can also be booked, for 1 or 2 hours, where tandem pilots would be sought to match the number of VI riders, to a maximum of 6. This is the number of tandems we have available. Availability and costs can be provided by our Bookings Department.