Tickets go on sale for first event at Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow
Thursday, 16 August 2012
August 16 - Tickets go on sale today for the debut of the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome on cycling's international stage when Glasgow hosts a round of the UCI Track World Cup Classics later this year.
The event is one of three major cycling competitions set to take place in Britain over the coming months with the National Track Championships and a round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup also scheduled.
The triumvirate of top meetings has enabled British Cycling, in the wake of the Team GB's hugely successful London 2012 cycling campaign which brought 12 medals, to establish a strong legacy for the sport in the United Kingdom.
The Hoy velodrome (pictured top) – built for the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and named after Britain's most successful Olympian who won his sixth gold medal at London 2012 – will welcome the world's leading cyclists, including many home riders, from November 16 until 18.
It will offer British cycling fans a chance to see the Team GB stars in international action for the first time since the Olympics as they battle for places in next year's World Championships.
Tickets go on sale to British Cycling members on August 16 at 2pm before being released on general sale on August 22 at 12 noon.
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Glasgow will be the third UK city to hold a round of the series inside two years following the Olympic Velodrome in London earlier this year and Manchester in 2011.
The National Track Championships – the traditional competitive curtain-raiser to the winter season – will be hosted by the Manchester Velodrome from September 26 until 30.
Manchester will again be in the spotlight when the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup hits town with a round of the competition taking place at the National BMX Centre – a world-class training facility for Britain's top competitors – on April 19 and 20, 2013.
This will be the third major international BMX event to take place in the UK in the space of 12 months following this May's World Championships in Birmingham and the Olympic Games.
Jonny Clay, cycle sport and membership director of British Cycling, said: "Hosting events of this calibre demonstrates how committed we are to the development of the sport and shows how well we're able to combine infrastructure and events to drive growth in the sport at all levels.
"The Track World Cup Classics in Glasgow promises to be a great spectacle for cycling fans as our GB athletes prepare for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and set off on the road to Rio 2016."
Simon Morton, director of major events of UK Sport, commented: "We are fully committed to building a strong and sustainable legacy from hosting London 2012 and have increased our investment to £4.5million ($7 million/€5.7 million) a year to bring world-class sport like the UCI Track World Cup Classics and UCI BMX Supercross World Cup to this country."
June 2012: Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome to host UCI World Cup event
July 2011: Glasgow 2014 marks three years to go with event at Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome
August 2009: Sir Robert McAlpine recommended to build two Glasgow venues
September 2008: Hoy's father said he would not have named velodrome after his son