Glasgow in the fast lane to events success
Published by Anne Marie Hughes on Tue 19 Jun 12 @ 14:52
Cycling's world governing body Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has announced that Glasgow's Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome will host a round of the 2012/13 UCI Track World Cup Series, which will see British Cycling deliver an event in which the world's best riders compete at the venue for the first time.
Taking place from 16 to 18 November 2012, the Track World Cup is a qualifying event for the 2013 World Championships. Five Olympic Champions, including Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton competed for GB at the London World Cup in February, and the Glasgow event will give fans the first opportunity to see the GB Cycling Team in international action after the summer games.
Developed ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome is nearing completion and is due to open in October. The state-of-the-art venue will be home to track cycling in Scotland, and hosting events like the Track World Cup will continue to build on the city's reputation within the international sporting community, a sentiment endorsed by a UCI spokesperson who said: "The UCI is enthusiastic to be hosting an event in the UK once more, especially in the brand new velodrome in Glasgow as the first International event organised in this magnificent facility"
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland added: "It is testament to Scotland's credentials as a major events destination that we have secured the Track World Cup for Glasgow, which will bring the best riders in the world to the new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Scotland is the perfect stage for major international events and the new venue will undoubtedly contribute to our existing cycling portfolio, while making a significant contribution to the legacy of hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games."
Tickets for the event are due to go on sale by early July. Further information will be announced in due course.
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