The Joe Ciavola Velodrome, also known as DISC Velodrome, is the primary indoor velodrome in Victoria.
It was opened in 2004 and served as the training base for teams competing at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006. DISC continues to operate as the training venue for the VIS track team and has hosted many events from the Melbourne Cup on Wheels and The Austral, and numerous Australian and World records have been set on its boards.
The timber track is 250 metres long with a maximum banking of 42°.
The venue is named after Joe Ciavola, who competed as an amateur at the Empire (Commonwealth) Games in 1962 in Perth, with wins as a professional in the Melbourne Cup on Wheels from scratch in 1965, and Sixes in Adelaide in 1965 and Whyalla in 1967.
Joe Ciavola was elected President of Victoria Cycling in 1997, whose experience and determination led to the construction of the DISC indoor velodrome in the space that at the time was occupied by the Northcote velodrome.
The Joe Ciavola Velodrome is located in the Darebin International Sports Complex, 281 Darebin Road, Thornbury. It is approximately 15km North-East of the Melbourne CBD.
DISC is part of the sport and leisure facilities managed by the Darebin City Council.
DISC is utilised most weekday evenings for club use, with the VIS primary use occurring on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. The track can be used casually outside of booked times.
User Group Information
Come and Try Track and School Holiday Come and Try Track programs are a great introduction to the track. These programs are posted at Ride Nation. Use the search tool on the home page to find out about upcoming sessions at DISC or other programs in your area.
Contact [email protected] to make a casual booking.
If you can't make an Auscycling Come and Try Track session at DISC, the following track user groups welcome new riders. Note, you will need an Auscycling membership - Four Week Trial or Lifestyle to participate in these sessions:
DISC FIT is an Auscycling run, structured training session held every Thursday from 6:00am to 8:00am. For further information and to register, please go to the Auscycling Victoria EntryBoss page, or email [email protected]
Geoff Diamond conducts a Friday morning structured training session from 7:30am to 9:30am. For more information about this session, please email [email protected]
Transition to Track
DISC Masters conduct this session on Friday morning from 9:00am to 10:00am, by appointment only. For riders aged 30 years and older. For more information about this session, please email [email protected]
Auscycling will do their best to ensure that booked DISC track sessions are not interrupted. During the track championship season and in the lead up to track nationals, user bookings may be modified or cancelled to accommodate these events.
Throughout the year DISC will be closed for other events and maintenance, which may impact some venue user bookings. Auscycling will provide advanced notice of these interruptions and assist venue users with alternate booking times where requested.
Auscycling will follow the directives from the Department of Health and Human Services for any Victorian facilities.
COVID directives from the Victorian Government are subject to change without notice. Please check the DHHS website for the latest information.
Users of the velodrome should wipe down any touch surfaces used during their booking. Cleaning spray and paper towels are provided.