The next generation of BMX riders were given a first look at the site of a planned £2million BMX track today (Monday) exactly two years before the facility is first used at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
The new facility, which will be built in Knightswood Park in the north west of Glasgow, will be the first and only world championship and Olympic standard BMX track in Scotland and the second in the UK, outside of Manchester. It is the only new venue being built ahead of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships and will complete the city’s portfolio of cycle sport venues as well as increasing the profile of cycling across the country.
The Olympic and World Championship standard track will be the new home of the Western Titans BMX Club and will also be used by local clubs, schools and community groups. It will first be used in major competition during the European Championships – an exciting new multi-sport event that brings together the existing European Championships of athletics, aquatics, cycling, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon and a new golf team event.
The European Championships is being staged for the first time in 2018 in a partnership between the Host Cities of Glasgow and Berlin. This sporting partnership will create a new event on the world stage every four years elevating the status of European Champions and attracting a potential television audience of 1.03 billion with a wider audience via digital platforms.
As part of the inaugural European Championships around 3,025 athletes will visit Scotland for six events (aquatics, cycling, golf, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon) while a further 1,500 athletes will compete in Berlin as part of the European Athletics Championships. The event will build on Glasgow and Scotland’s track record of hosting major international events including the 2014 Commonwealth Games, 2014 Ryder Cup and 2015 World Gymnastics Championships.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland said: "EventScotland is delighted to support such a new and innovative concept within the sporting industry. Scotland is the perfect stage for events and our involvement in the 2018 European Championships perfectly highlights our capacity to host unique major fixtures."