The summer of 2014 saw the top athletes in the world descend upon Glasgow to compete in the 20th Commonwealth Games.
For many, this was the pinnacle of their sporting careers and an opportunity to shine on the world stage. The people of Scotland welcomed the biggest sporting event that the nation has ever seen, and people of all ages were inspired to dust off the trainers and participate in sports.
A highlight of the Commonwealth Games for many was the cycling events – from the thrill of the track, to the speed of the road to the technical skills on the mountain bike. To provide opportunities for all these newly-inspired young people to participate in cycling, like their Commonwealth heroes, Scottish Cycling created the Go-Ride Legacy Games.
With support from Awards for All, the Go-Ride Legacy Games were designed to provide riders under the age of 16 with the perfect opportunity to experience the thrill and excitement of bike racing for the first time.
Eighteen clubs from all over Scotland signed up to the project and each delivered two Go-Ride Racing events which introduced new young riders into the sport, many of whom have gone on to compete in national races. Clubs were provided with a Go-Ride kit bag, worth over £250 and crammed full of useful and exciting resources and equipment to be used to deliver events and coaching sessions.
Young riders from participating clubs got the opportunity to take part in national fun days which gave young cycling club members aged between 6 and 16 the chance to try different disciplines of cycling.
Thirty youngsters took to the boards at the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome with coaching from a commonwealth games medallist.
Thirty three youngsters rode on the national BMX track at Cumbernauld with coaching from an elite international BMX rider. All participants received a medal.