A new £3.7 million Olympic-standard BMX track is being built in Glasgow ahead of the 2018 European Championships.
The new BMX Centre at Knightswood Recreation Ground is the only permanent venue being constructed for use at Glasgow 2018 and will be Scotland’s only World and Olympic standard BMX track. It will host a number of test events for Glasgow 2018 ahead of the main event.
Completion of the Glasgow BMX Centre will mean Glasgow is the only city in the world with venues capable of hosting all four Olympic cycling discipline events (BMX, MTB, Road and Track) within its boundary. The other venues are the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome at the Emirates Arena (Track), Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails (MTB) and the city’s streets (Road).
The facility, which is being funded by Glasgow 2018, sportscotland, Glasgow City Council and HSBC/British Cycling, will be open for use by the local community and will leave a lasting legacy for future generations.
The main track will accommodate riders of all ages and abilities, and will feature eight and five-metre start ramps for advanced riders and competition use. There will also be a smaller pump track suitable for learners, with both tracks being fully floodlit.
Former UEC President, and now UCI President, David Lappartient said, "The new track will provide a long-lasting legacy for the sport in Scotland. Hopefully it will inspire the next generation of champions and encourage the public to get involved in BMX. Indeed, the building of BMX tracks across the world is of key strategic importance as part of its development as a sport for the younger generation worldwide. With its extreme elements and short, impactful races, BMX resonates with young people, and we are very pleased that Glasgow will have such a facility available to BMX enthusiasts, including a training track, which is vital to attract boys and girls from the age of five to the discipline."