Posted on: 23 January 2014
The Commonwealth Games are fast approaching and presents a once in a lifetime opportunity for many of our elite athletes, to represent Scotland at a Commonwealth Games on home soil, Scottish Cycling’s performance coaches are currently working hard with a pool of talented cyclists, not only with the Glasgow 2014 Games in mind but also looking towards 2018 and beyond.
Scottish Cycling believes that continued success at the highest level is inspiring a boom in participation across the nation and there have never been more opportunities to ride a bike, be it for fun or sport, Scottish Cycling is at the heart of this growth. Scottish Cycling works equally hard to represent cyclists’ interests at all levels, including campaigning on important issues such as road safety. Recently, Scottish Cycling has also given our support to Cycle Law Scotland’s stricter liability campaign.
As a membership organisation, Scottish and British Cycling provides a suite of benefits and support to its members, with all membership revenue invested back into cycling. In the past 4 years alone we have experienced significant growth in cycling reflected in a growth of 142% in membership since April 2009. This extends to around 12,000 individuals directly connected to the governing body; 8000 individual members and a further 4000 club supporters in 154 clubs throughout Scotland. A further 100,000 have also been influenced by our programmes.
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, with Scottish Cycling seeing a 142% rise in membership over the last 4 years. With the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow in 6 months’ time it will give cycling fans the chance to see world class riders 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. With local clubs throughout the country and a great calendar of events, there are opportunities for everyone.”
Working in conjunction with sportscotland and British Cycling, Scottish Cycling nurtures home-grown talent to compete at a world and Olympic level as part of a successful Great British Cycling Team.
For riders aspiring to be the next gold medallist, or simply seeking to enjoy being outdoors in our beautiful country, Scottish Cycling works in partnership with British Cycling to provide support across all levels of the sport in Scotland. So whether people are looking to get on a bike for the first time, wanting to find great places to ride, seeking to enter a sportive or competitive race, or needing tips from the skilled and qualified experts on riding safely and keeping their bike in top shape, Scottish Cycling is with them every step of the way.
Wherever people are on their cycling journey, Scottish Cycling aims to ensure they can enjoy riding their bike in a safe, friendly and accessible environment.