Published: 26 March 2013
The next generation of Great Britain track cyclists will take to the boards of the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome at Glasgow’s £113million Emirates Arena this summer for the 2013 UCI Juniors Track World Championships.
The 2013 championships come to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome between Wednesday 7 and Sunday 11 August and will feature some of the finest young track cyclists from across the world as they start on a path which they hope will end with Olympic gold.
Riders will go for a rainbow jersey in a range of events including the team sprint, keirin, individual pursuit, omnium, sprint, madison, points race, team pursuit, scratch race plus time trials over five days of world-class action.
Some of the world’s most prominent track cyclists including British Cycling Olympic Podium Programme athlete Becky James started on the road to glory at previous editions. James, who won gold in both the sprint and keirin at the 2009 competition, became the first British woman to win four medals at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships earlier this year in Minsk.
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 competition.
Double Olympic champions Laura Trott and Jason Kenny have also experienced success at the junior championships, as have other British stars such as Geraint Thomas and Peter Kennaugh, both now riding for Team Sky.
Rising Scottish star John Paul, who is a member of the British Cycling Olympic Academy Programme and medal hopeful for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, also won gold in the sprint at the 2011 championships.
Organisers 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.
British Cycling Cycle Sport and Membership Director 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.”
Tickets for the competition, priced from just £3 for children and £6 for adults plus booking fee, are now available from www.glasgowlife.org.uk/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.