UCI Juniors Track World Championships provide a sporty end to the summer holidays
The Championships are the ideal place to witness the future stars of cycling
After another great summer of sport (a tip of the hat to you, Mr Murray), and with Glasgow already warming up for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, your sportier youngsters may still require an outlet for their energy in the closing weeks of the summer holidays. Given Scotland's talent for producing great cyclists (with Sir Chris Hoy, Mark Beaumont and Danny MacAskill distinguishing themselves in three different areas in recent years), a trip to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome for the UCI Juniors Track World Championships could be just the ticket.
From Wed 7–Sun 11 Aug Scotland's only indoor track will welcome the next generation of track cycling superstars. Riders from around the globe – who are gearing up for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and Rio 2016 Olympics – will compete for titles that will establish their names in the world of sport. You don't have to take our word for it – just ask Becky James, Jason Kenny, Victoria Pendleton and a certain Sir Bradley Wiggins, all of whom competed in the Championships before going on to become medal-winning Olympians.
The thrilling races – in which riders travel at 85 km/h, just millimetres apart – are only part of the attraction. Junior attendees are encouraged to take part in activities like racing each other in the Time Trial challenge, learning new skills in coaching zones or riding the bumps of the pump track. If it's not possible to bring their own bicycles with them, they can even borrow bikes on-site.
Tickets are available online and via telephone on 0141 353 8000. For the race schedule and all you need to know about the Championships, visit the event website or check out some videos on the event YouTube channel to get a taste of the action.