31 Aug 2017

David Lappartient: Glasgow 2018 European Championships will inspire our elite and leisure cyclists

"One of the great strengths of the multisport European Championships is that it aims to keep costs low for host cities by using existing facilities, and that is certainly the case for cycling next year in Glasgow."

David Lappartient
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"Four European Cycling Championships will be staged in the city – for the first time ever in cycling. The complete Cycling Olympic disciplines, Track, Road, BMX and Mountain Bike, will attract Europe’s top names to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, the Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails, and the streets of Glasgow and the surrounding metropolitan area.

"Up until recently, though, Glasgow was lacking the requisite BMX track for a world-class event but this is being remedied with a new Olympic-standard BMX track being built in the Knightswood area of the city.

"With this, Glasgow 2018 will see a major BMX event come to the city for the first time ever and 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.

"Over the years, Glaswegians have shown their love of our sport in its many guises. The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome – which has a very fast wooden track according to the top riders – hosted the opening round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in November 2016 and the city also staged events for road, track and mountain biking during the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The city is the perfect setting for the tradition of Road and Track cycling alongside the more modern disciplines of Mountain Bike and BMX.

"We are sure that all our events will attract wide support next year, and that fans from across Glasgow, Scotland and beyond will come to see some fantastic competitions. Our four major European Championships in cycling will take place on all but one of the days of the European Championships. And for the first time event in cycling, they will all take place in the same city at the same time. This will be a truly historic moment for European cycling enabling the Union Européenne de Cyclisme to move forwards with our development programme.

"For UEC, the European Championships will be the ultimate multisport event to promote our sport for men and women on the continent and will elevate the status of our cyclists as they compete to become European Champion. And as well promoting our elite athletes, I hope we are able to reach out to the many leisure cyclists – “Cycling for All” is vital for our development as a sport. We know from speaking with Glasgow that they share our philosophy and that cycling being part of the European Championships is integral to the city’s plans to increase participation across all types of cycling."

David Lappartient, President of the Union Européenne de Cyclisme