British Cycling, in partnership with UK Sport, EventScotland and Glasgow Life, has announced that Glasgow’s Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome will host the UCI Track Cycling World Cup later this year.
The event will take place from 4-6 November at the velodrome at the £113million Emirates Arena, venue for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and will see the Great Britain Cycling Team return to international competition on home soil for the first time following the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The Glasgow event, which will see the world’s premier track cycling series return to the UK for the first time since 2014, will be the opening round of the 2016/17 UCI Track Cycling World Cup series, with three further rounds taking place in Apeldoorn (the Netherlands,) Cali (Colombia) and Los Angeles (united States).
Tickets for the UCI Track Cycling World Cup Glasgow are expected be in high demand and will go on general sale on Tuesday 19 July with British Cycling members having access to an exclusive pre-sale period from Thursday 14 July.
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “Cycling in Scotland continues to go from strength-to-strength and events, such as the UCI Track Cycling World Cup, help to inspire people to take part in the sport and come to realise the immense benefits it brings.
“This event will help to build Scotland’s reputation as the perfect stage for cycling events and follows the staging of a number of high-profile occasions in recent years, including multiple stages of the Tour of Britain and Tour Series, the Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup and, of course, the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“Directly following the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, we expect thousands of enthusiasts to make their way to the magnificent Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in November, where a terrific experience witnessing some of the world’s leading track cyclists go head-to-head waits in store.”
Glasgow last hosted the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in 2012 with tickets for all key sessions selling out in less than one hour, making it one of the quickest selling events in the history of the sport in Britain. News of the event’s return to Glasgow comes just weeks after the city was named in the world’s top 5 at the SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Cities Awards – the longest established and globally recognised rankings of the world’s top sports hosts.
The latest news available on the official event website www.trackworldcup.co.uk.
The world cup will once again receive coverage on the BBC with details of broadcast to be confirmed closer to the event.