Posted: 11th October 2013
Scottish cycling stars, present and future, will descend on the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome this weekend ahead of the Scottish Cycling National Track Championships with many of Scottish Cycling’s performance athletes looking to set qualification standards for the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014.
Throughout 4 days of competition, 11th – 13th October & 27th October, the Glasgow Velodrome, which forms part of the £113million Commonwealth Arena, will play host to the championships where riders will have the chance to compete for the acclaimed Scottish Championship titles.
On Friday evening the Senior Men’s Keirin, Women and Junior Sprint and Junior and Youth Madison taking place while on Saturday riders will compete for the chance to win 500m Time Trial, Junior and Senior Men’s Sprint and Junior and Women’s Keirin titles and the Team Sprint, Points race and Omniums conclude three of the competition, on Sunday.
In the women’s events Scottish Commonwealth Games medallist Jenny Davis (City of Edinburgh RC) and Louise Haston (City of Edinburgh RC) will be competing in the 500m Time Trial alongside reigning champion Emma Baird (City of Edinburgh Racing Team) who will be looking to defend her title. Baird and Haston will also be competing in the Women’s Sprint alongside Eleanor Richardson (Edinburgh RC), Ishbel Taromsari (Pedal Power RT) and Lyndsey Carson (Team Thompson Cycles). With the exception of Richardson all will compete in the Women’s Keirin on Saturday evening along with recently crowned World Masters 500m Time Trial Champion Alison Chisholm (Edinburgh RC), Louise Borthwick (Edinburgh RC), Fiona Walker (Walkers Cycling Team), Flora Gillies (Team ASL 360), Alison McGill and Kirsty Howatson.
In the men’s events Friday evening will see Team GB athlete Callum Skinner (City of Edinburgh RC), Bruce Croall (City of Edinburgh RC) and Glasgow Life Cycling Team members Jamie Alexander, Kenny Ayre, Andrew Louis, Graeme McBride and Jonathan Mitchell aim for the Men’s Keirin championships title. Then all will battle in out in the Men’s Sprint on Saturday alongside 2010 Dehli Commonwealth Games athlete Chris Pritchard (Glasgow Life Cycling Team), Jonathan Biggin (Glasgow Life Cycling Team) and Ivor Reid (Clachnacuddin CC). While Skinner, Paul and Croall will go up against two Glasgow Life Track Cycling Team’s in the Team Sprint.
Cycling stars of the future will also be competing throughout the weekend in a variety of events such as the Sprint, Madison, 500m Time Trial and Keirin. Potential Commonwealth Games athlete Katie Archibald, who has been selected to compete for Team GB Cycling at the UEC European Track Championships in Holland (18th – 20th October), won the Junior Women’s Sprint & Keirin events in 2012.
The forth and final day of the Scottish Cycling National Track Championships will take place on Sunday 27th October, again at the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome. Tickets are still available for what promises to be a fun filled, action packed weekend.
The Scottish National Track Championships will take place from 11th – 13th October & 27th October at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow. Tickets: Friday 11th, £6/ £3 concession; Saturday 12th, £10/£3 concession; Sunday 13th, £6/ £3 concession and Sunday 27th, £10/£3 concession or Season ticket for 11, 12 and 13 October, £15.
Tickets can be purchased from the Glasgow Concert Hall: www.glasgowconcerthalls.com or by calling 0141 353 8000.