- MATCH SPRINT - Raced over 200m before the finish line, but contested over 1000m. Heats determine which two riders will be paired against each other. A very tactical race, and most popular to watch.
- 1500m BUNCH RACE- Bunch of riders begin from a rolling start when the pistol is fired. The first rider over the line at 1500m wins
- TIME TRIAL - An individual race of 1000m for men and 500m for women, from a standing start.
The goal is to attain and maintain the highest possible speed for the distance. Fastest time wins.
- OLYMPIC SPRINT - Also known as team sprint. 3 man time trial held over 3 laps of the velodrome. Two teams race against each other, starting on opposite sides of the track.
- INDIVIDUAL PURSUIT - 4000m for men and 3000m for women, the race is contested by two individual riders starting on opposite sides of the track. The result is time based, unless a rider
is caught before the distance is completed, whereby the race ends immediately.
- TEAM PURSUIT - Two teams of four riders starting on opposite sides of the track. As with the Individual Pursuit the distance is 4000m and the fastest team wins (based on the time of the
third rider in the team).
- KEIRIN - Originated in Japan. A motorcycle paces a field of 8, leading them faster and faster around the track. Two laps from the end of the race, the motorcycle leaves the track and the
riders contest the sprint to the finish line.
- POINTS RACE - 40k for men / 24k for women. A bunch of riders sprint for points at the end of
each points lap. The rider with the most points at the end of the race is the winner. Points are awarded 5, 3, 2, 1 for the first 4 across the line in each sprint lap. Riders that lap the main bunch gain 20 points. If riders are tied on points at the end of the race, the rider that finished first will
be the winner.
- MADISON - Several teams of two men take part in what is essentially a relay race. One team member races on the low part of the track, whilst the other rests on the high on the high part of
the track. The resting rider is pushed into the race by his team mate with either a hand sling or
a push on the saddle. The aim is to complete more laps than the other team. Points are scored
by contesting specific sprints at specified marks during the race. Race is decided on most points
if teams finish on the same lap.
- ELIMINATION RACE - A bunch race where one rider is eliminated per bell lap, the rider who's
front wheel crosses the line last is eliminated. This continues until two riders remain, where
they contest the final lap.