VU Sports Centre has an extensive program for speed cycling. Student union SKITS has an active role in this. The mission is two sided: Bring cyclists to a higher lever and - just as important- get as many students acquainted with the beautiful sport of cycling. Just being outside on a bike is a 'must do' for young inhabitants of Amsterdam, and certainly amongst students. Recreational cycling or speed cycling, the area surrounding Amsterdam is a perfect training ground. You can choose to join the beginners training practice or the elite training practice, with focus on technique, time races and tours.
You can participate in cycling from March until September. During this months you can find the exact trainingdays in the sports schedule on this page. There is no training practice from the beginning of July until mid-August.
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Just being outside on a bike is a ‘must do’ for young inhabitants of Amsterdam, and certainly amongst students. Recreational cycling or speed cycling, the area surrounding Amsterdam and Amstelveen is a perfect training ground, for example for a ride around ‘De Ronde Hoep’. You can choose to join the beginners training practice or the elite training practice, with focus on technique, time races and tours.
With an all-in-membership you can join cycling. Participating from the VU Fit at Work program is free. It is also possible to buy a separate plan for cycling. You subscribe at the desk at one of our two locations (Uilenstede or VU Campus).
Don’t own a bike yet? No problem, you can borrow one for free. For information about the practice training or ‘borrowing a bike’ contact trainer Kees de Vrij: Kees@SKITS.nl or T 06-21275720
For beginners we offer short cycling training courses of four weeks. You will learn the basics in small groups of cyclists. These courses cover things like how to safely use your bike in traffic, using the right gear and the right posture on the bike. Beginner training practices are 1,5 hours and will be given on the following days:
Tuesday 16.30 – 18.00 uur – start at Universum, Science Park
The training course for beginners on Tuesday starts 28 August and lasts 4 weeks
Thursday 16.30 – 18.00 uur – start at Sportcentrum VU – Uilenstede
The training course for beginners on Thursday starts 6 September and lasts weeks
Depending on the number of cyclists that join the beginner courses, more trainings will be offered during the season. A small number of more advanced cyclists could also participate in this training. To do so, you’ll need to register with trainer Kees by sending him an email by 9 pm on the day before the training.
For cyclists of all levels we offer these training sessions of two hours. Literally every aspect of cycling will be covered. The set-up is designed so that the difference in the participants abilities won’t be a problem. So everyone can get the most out of the practice.
We offer three periods of trainings:
Period 1: 26 March – 15 May
Period 2: 16 May – 5 July
Period 3: 13 August – 29 September
During these periods there will be a training every day of the week:
Monday 18.30 – 20.30 – starting from corner of Kalfjeslaan and Kostverlorenweg
‘Social cycle SKITS!’ – all levels except for the real beginner.
Also possible to start from VU Sports centre at Uilenstede at 18.15
Tuesday 18.30 – 20.30 – starting from Universum, Science Park
All levels except for the real beginner.
Wednesday 8.00 – 12.00 – starting from Universum, Science Park
All levels except for the real beginner. Please sign up for this training at Kees email@example.com – deadline for signing up is Tuesday 16.00
Thursday 18.30 – 20.30 – starting from corner of Kalfjeslaan and Kostverlorenweg
Medium and high level – Biggest part of the group is the ladies cyclingteam of SKITS!
Saturday 10.00 – 12.00 – starting from Universum, Science Park
All levels except for the real beginner.
NO training on Saturday on 14 April, 23 June, 8 September because of touring days. See below “Speed cycling tours”.
For very advanced speed cyclists, or those who would like to become advanced cyclists, we offer elite training.
During the cycling season, tours are organized on the weekends. Go outside with a group to race in the stunning landscapes, and finish at a terrace. The tours usually depart from the Science Park. All those who are registered as a cyclist can participate.
Dates: 14 April, 23 June, 8 September. Start at 10.00
To sign up, send an email to coach Kees de Vrij.
A.S.S.W.S.V. SKITS is the one and only real skating, cycling and rollerblade union of Amsterdam. At SKITS you can practice those sports at all levels, meet many students, party and develop your skills on one of the many committees! If you are a member of SKITS, you are automatically registered as a cyclist for the courses. As a member of SKITS you can participate in the above courses, without having to subscribe at the VU Sports centre. However, you do have to sign up for every training practice or a ‘borrow bike’ by sending an email to Kees de Vrij.
Would you like to try speed cycling? No problem – all new members can try one day of activities from our sports portfolio, entirely free! To get a daypass, please register at the desk at either one of our two locations. Maximum 1 free day pass per person.
Speed cycling can be dangerous. Safety is our first concern. Your gear needs to be in good condition (tires! brakes!) and wearing a helmet is compulsory. You will learn how to ride in a group without putting yourself or others in danger. But there are still some risks. Check your insurance, just to be sure, and a bell on your bike might be a good idea too.
Eat well before you start and bring drinks and food with you. If it is dark or the weather is bad, we recommend using a (reflective) raincoat and bike lights. If temperatures drop below 16 degrees Celsius longer trousers are preferred (to protect your knees) and long sleeves. Using gloves and special cycling pants is recommended.
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