A new £3.7 million Olympic-standard BMX track was built in Glasgow ahead of the 2018 European Championships.
The new BMX Centre at Knightswood Recreation Ground was the only permanent venue constructed for use at Glasgow 2018 and is Scotland’s only World and Olympic standard BMX track. It hosted a number of test events for Glasgow 2018 ahead of the main event.
Completion of the Glasgow BMX Centre means 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, funded by Glasgow 2018, sportscotland, Glasgow City Council and HSBC/British Cycling, is open for use by the local community and leaves a lasting legacy for future generations.
The main track accommodates riders of all ages and abilities, and features eight and five-metre start ramps for advanced riders and competition use. There is also 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."