The next generation of track cyclists will take to the boards of the iconic Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome at Glasgow’s £113million Emirates Arena this summer for the 2013 UCI Juniors Track World Championships (JTWC).
The 2013 JTWC comes to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome between Wednesday 7 and Sunday 11 August and will feature some of the very young track cyclists from across the world. Riders will go for gold in a range of events including the team sprint, keirin, individual pursuit, omnium, sprint, madison, points race, team pursuit, scratch race and various time trials over five days of world-class action. Glasgow joins an elite list of JTWC host cities that includes Los Angeles, Cape Town and Moscow.
Some of the world’s top track cyclists including the current golden girl of British cycling, Becky James, started on the road to glory at previous JTWC. James, who won gold in both the sprint and keirin at the 2009 JTWC, became the first British woman to win four medals at Track World Championship (TWC) level earlier this year. James took gold in the sprint and keirin as well as bronze in the 500m time trial and team sprint.
Last year’s Tour de France winner and London 2012 Olympic gold medallist in the time trial, Sir Bradley Wiggins CBE, won gold in the individual pursuit at the 1997 UCI JTWC. Rising Scottish star John Paul, who is a member of the Team GB Olympic development squad and a medal hopeful for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, also won gold in the sprint at the 2011 JTWC.
Organisers of the 2013 JTWC are hoping to build on the success of previous events at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome since its opening in October 2012. The first international event to be staged there, the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Cup, sold out in less than 30 minutes. Around 20,000 tickets were sold for the three-day event. Earlier this year the Revolution Series event also sold out, with more than 4,000 people attending.
Former track star Kevin Stewart, who broke the British record in the 200metre time trial at the 2009 JTWC, before going on to ride for Team Scotland at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games joined pupils from St Michael’s Primary School in Glasgow’s East End and representatives of the 2013 JTWC Organising Committee at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome for today’s launch.
Kevin Stewart said: "The Junior Track World Championships is a fantastic event and will showcase our future World, Commonwealth and Olympic champions. To have an event of this magnitude and prestige at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome will really demonstrate what a world-class facility we have in Glasgow.
“This is an event to be really excited about as the standard of competition is drawing closer and closer to senior level standard and this year will be no different with some sterling riders showing racing well beyond their years."
Tickets for the 2013 JTWC, priced from just £3 for children and £6 for adults plus booking fee, are now available fromwww.juniorworlds2013 or by telephoning 0141 353 8000. As well as tickets for individual sessions, special championship passes starting at £25 for children/concessions and £45 for adults, are also available.
Chair of Glasgow Life and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “It has been an incredible few months for track cycling in Britain, with the success of our cyclists at the London 2012 Olympic Games the recent World Championships in Minsk.
“The opening of the state-of-the-art Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome has also taken cycling in Scotland to a new level. The 2013 UCI Juniors Track World Championships will give people another chance to see world-class cycling here in Glasgow. It is the event where stars are born and will showcase the next generation of World and Olympic champions.”
Cyclesport and Membership Director of British Cycling, Jonny Clay, said: “The Junior Track World Championships are the first place we saw names like Bradley Wiggins, Andy Tennant and more recently Becky James spring to prominence. Having this event in Britain will give the public the chance to see who is likely to fill the shoes of these illustrious names as well as inspiring a new generation of youngsters to take up the sport by witnessing this event first hand."
Chief Executive of Scottish Cycling, Craig Burn, said: “We are delighted that the UCI Juniors Track World Championships are coming to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow, in August. It will give the chance for cycling fans all over Scotland to see stars of the future in action on home soil.
“I have no doubt that world-class events taking place in Scotland will aid the development of cycling in this country, by providing inspiration to our current riders and encourage spectators all over Scotland to try their hand at this fantastic sport.”
Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland, Paul, Bush OBE, said: “Scotland is the perfect stage for major international events and we will see some of the best young cyclists in the world compete in Glasgow at the UCI Juniors World Track Championships this year. Our bid to bring the 2018 Youth Olympic Games to Glasgow will inspire young people across the world to be champions in their lives and events like this are an important part of that journey.”
Others who have made the breakthrough at JTWC include Australia’s Michael Hepburn. Since winning in gold in the individual pursuit at the 2009 JTWC, Hepburn, has won five TWC titles including gold in both the team pursuit and individual pursuit earlier this year as well as gold in the team pursuit at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.