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New regional road race series in Scotland for 2013

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Published: 13 February 2013

Article: WoSCA Regional Road Race Series

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This season Scottish Cycling together with the West of Scotland Cycling Association (WoSCA) will deliver a new grass roots, regional road race series.

The 10 regional races in the 2013 season will provide racing opportunities for Junior riders, Female riders as well as 3rd and 4th Category riders, thus creating a pathway for Youth to Junior racing. The series will also provide more racing opportunities for the increasing numbers of riders we have in Scotland. 

 

Craig McCulloch, Regional Development Officer for the West of Scotland said:

“In theory, if you give children with the talent and potential the opportunity to race and learn how to race you will produce successful athletes.  Both Evan (Oliphant) and James (McCallum) are two Scottish professionals that had plenty of race experience as juniors.  Currently, Juniors only represent 1% of our membership in the West of Scotland with youth membership 3.5 times that indicates we need to engage juniors more in our sport by providing more opportunities to race.”


Craig Burn, Scottish Cycling’s Chief Executive said:

Over the last 10 years, cycling in this country has grown from a minority pastime to become one of the UK’s fastest growing sports.  Right across the UK we have seen a sustainable increase in the number of people taking part in cycling and as a result Scottish Cycling’s membership has grown by 77% in the last three years!

Scottish Cycling has been working hard to develop youth cycling and last week we launched the ScottishPower National Youth Series. As these riders mature we must ensure we can provide the right quality and quantity of races in order to continue their development and allow them to progress in the sport.”


Scottish Cycling’s official partnership with ScottishPower will see significant new investment targeted to create the ScottishPower National Youth Series. The Series will cover the disciplines of Road, Track, MTB XC, MTB DH and Cyclo cross and in year one Scottish Cycling will support the delivery of a total of 17 events throughout Scotland.

As well as Youth and Junior development both race series’ will provide; an entry point into competition cycling, more opportunities for riders to race, a focused yearlong goal and a network of race organisers that will work together to create more quality events. 


Click here to download the WoSCA provisional race schedule


If you would like more information on the WoSCA Regional Road Race Series, please contact Scottish Cycling's Reional Development Office for the West of Scotland: craig.mcculloch@scottishcycling.org.uk


 Have you or your club got an article to share? Email jennifer.pearson@scottishcycling.org.uk

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