Glasgow 2014 mountain bike course features named by schools
Thursday, 06 December 2012
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December 6 - Glasgow 2014 has announced the eight winners of the schools competition to name eight features on the soon-to-be-opened Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike course that will be used for the Commonwealth Games.
The venue will become a permanent facility for Glasgow when it opens early next year and will also be the first international standard mountain biking course in the city.
The naming competition invited 17 schools across two local authorities within 1.5 miles of the venue to submit suggestions after being given a description of the look of each individual aspects of the Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike course.
From the 17 schools invited, 13 participated and generated more than 800 suggestions for the naming of the eight unique features that are on the course.
Feature one is now called Propellor Point named by Cathkin High School, feature two is Double Dare by Cathkin Primary School, feature three is Clyde Climb by Castleton Primary School, feature four is Rest and Be Thankful by Cathkin High School, feature five is Broken Biscuits by Castlemilk High School, feature six is The Jouk by Miller Primary School, feature seven is Brig O'Doom by Trinity High School and feature eight is Boulder Dash by St Bartholomew's Primary School.
The winning names will not only be used at Glasgow 2014 but also throughout the life of the course.
"Through this competition, schools were offered the opportunity to take their place in the history of mountain biking," said Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg.
"By naming the eight fantastic features that are on the course, schools will have its chosen names used during Glasgow 2014.
"More importantly the names will be used in the years to come after the Games as the course is used by riders of all experience."
The schools were aided both by an information pack that detailed the eight features with images and supporting text alongside help from active school coordinators.
The also had the option of a guided walk of the site by Glasgow City Council cycling officer Allan Maclean.
The entries were then scrutinised by two separate judging panels that each had representation from all partners and Scottish Cycling.
"To have such a world class mountain biking facility so close to the city centre is unique," said Scottish international mountain bike racer Rab Wardell, who will be looking to compete on the course at Glasgow 2014.
"There's already a buzz around track cycling on the back of the velodrome opening a few months ago.
"There is a fantastic club structure in place and a great group of volunteers working across the country so I think it's just a matter of time until people are coming down to this world-class facility."
The competition was a partnership between Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council, Land Environmental Services and Glasgow 2014 and was used to inspire children and young people to participate in a project that is close to their local community.