Cycling

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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Week 35

Monday 26 August 2019

Time Sport Trainer Location Availlability
18:15 - 20:30 Wielrennen Regulier Kees Binnenterrein no bookings

Tuesday 27 August 2019

Time Sport Trainer Location Availlability
16:30 - 18:15 Wielrennen Beginners (USC) Kees Sciencepark no bookings
18:30 - 20:30 Wielrennen Regulier Kees Sciencepark no bookings

Wednesday 28 August 2019

Time Sport Trainer Location Availlability
08:00 - 10:00 Wielrennen Regulier Kees Sciencepark no bookings

Thursday 29 August 2019

Time Sport Trainer Location Availlability
16:30 - 18:15 Wielrennen Beginners Kees Binnenterrein no bookings
18:30 - 20:30 Wielrennen Regulier Kees Binnenterrein no bookings

Saturday 31 August 2019

Time Sport Trainer Location Availlability
10:00 - 12:30 Wielrennen Regulier Kees Sciencepark no bookings

Cycling at VU Sports centre

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Cycling at VU Sports centre

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

Cycling courses for beginners

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:

Starting date Time Location Availability
Monday 25 March 16.30-18.00 Sportcentrum VU, Uilenstede buy
Wednesday 27 March 18.30-20.00 Universum, Science Park buy
Donderdag 28 March 15.00-16.30 Sportcentrum VU, Uilenstede buy
Wednesday 24 April 18.30-20.00 Universum, Science Park buy
Thursday 25 April 15.00-16.30 Sportcentrum VU, Uilenstede buy
Monday 29 April 16.30-18.00 Sportcentrum VU, Uilenstede buy
Friday 3 May 15.00-16.30 Universum, Science Park buy
Monday 3 June 16.30-18.00 Sportcentrum VU, Uilenstede buy
Thursday 6 June 19.30-21.00 Sportcentrum VU, Uilenstede buy

For more information about the cycling course please contact trainer Kees de Vrij: Kees@SKITS.nl  or T 06-21275720.
For subscribing for the cycling course, go to www.mijn.sportcentrumvu.nl/en

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.

Regular speed cycling training practice

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:

Start date End date Availability
25 March 5 October buy
25 March 12 May buy
13 May 6 July buy
19 August 5 October buy

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 – 10.00 – starting from Universum, Science Park
All levels except for the real beginner. You have to sign up for this training at Kees kees@skits.nl – deadline for signing up is Tuesday 16.00
Thursday 17.00 – 19.00 – starting from corner of Kalfjeslaan and Kostverlorenweg
All levels except for the real beginner.
Saturday 10.00 – 12.30 – starting from Universum, Science Park. On several Saturdays this training will be extra long, please check www.skits.nl for the exact dates.
All levels except for the real beginner.

Additional info: https://www.skits.nl/wielrennen/trainingen

Student Union SKITS

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.

www.skits.nl

Free day pass

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.

Please read this too!

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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