Glasgow to host UCI Juniors Track World Championships cycling event
Track cycling event at Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome features group rides and races for young visitors
Remember the Olympics last year? Remember how even the hardiest sport skeptics were swept up in a wave of communal feeling as the 10 days of the Games unfolded? Remember how track cycling became the surprise hit of the London 2012 televised coverage?
In addition to showcasing the quality of Olympic-level cycling - just one part of a biking renaissance taking place all around us - another fact soon became clear. Scotland has a knack for producing world-class cycling talent. Whether this is down to the relentless hills, the unrelenting wind many cyclists might find themselves peddling into or something about the build and mindset of the people that live here, you don't have to look far to see evidence of this.
If you've ever been remotely near YouTube, you've probably seen the skills of trails cyclist Danny MacAskill, whose stunts have earned him worldwide recognition - as well as several million YouTube views. Of a similarly high profile on the film front is Graeme Obree, the racing cyclist who has twice held the world record for most distance covered in an hour, and whose life story was recently filmed as The Flying Scotsman.
Then there's Sir Chris Hoy, the most successful Olympic cyclist of all time, with 6 gold medals to his name (plus the rest). He might well have recently announced the end of his cycling career, but not before getting a velodrome named after him. A principal venue of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow's Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome is quite a structure. And if you think the outside looks good, wait until see the inside - and from 7-11 Aug 2013 you can: the UCI Juniors Track Cycling World Championships will be the first major world championship-level event to take place in this iconic building - and the first time the event has ever visited the UK.
This is a real opportunity to experience the worldwide cycling talent of the Olympic and Commonwealth Games of the future - A bit like the track cycling equivalent of seeing the Sex Pistols at The 100 Club. The best junior (under-19) track cycling racers from around the world will compete in a range of the race disciplines we're all now familiar with after the 2012 Olympics watershed moment: Keirin, Team Sprint, Individual pursuit; Team pursuit and many more.
For spectators, there's also plenty of activities taking place in between the races, many of which are suitable for both younger children and teenagers, whether they're new to the sport or keen to take things further. You can race other riders on a 'rolling road', take part in group rides on your own bike, and race on the outdoor track that forms part of the new velodrome complex.
For more information and tickets, see www.juniorworlds2013.com.