We are passionate about riding bikes. We want to spead this passion throughout the country and get as many people involved in cycling as possible. Scottish Cycling is an integral part of British Cycling and together we are working to support members in Scotland and speak out on issues which matter to all cyclists such as road safety, cycling facilities and legislation
As the National Governing Body in Scotland, Scottish Cycling works at all levels of the cycling, across all disciplines: BMX, Mountain Bike, Cyclo-cross, Road, Track and Cycle Speedway, whether it is for sport, recreation or transport.
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 and Scottish Cycling is at the heart of this growth. Scottish Cycling also works hard to represent cyclists’ interests at all levels, including campaigning on important issues including road safety. Recently, Scottish Cycling has also given our support to Cycle Law Scotland’s stricter liability campaign.
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 race, or needing tips from the pros 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.
For example, first timers can dip their toe by taking part in a Sky Ride City or Sky Ride Local event. The City rides see the roads closed and the opportunity to take in the sights at your own pace and have proved hugely popular with families who can enjoy a great day out not only riding their bike, but also meeting stars of the Great Britain Cycling Team and soaking up the other attractions and entertainment on offer. Local rides happen throughout the year, led by qualified guides and with a range on offer to suit all levels.
For those who have been bitten by the cycling bug, a sportive is the natural next step and in partnership with British Cycling, Scottish Cycling provides the definite guide to the best sportives around the country and tips/advice to help you get the most out of your sportive experience.
Scottish Cycling underpins and co-ordinates the organisation of over 644 events each year, with over 164 clubs in Scotland. This provides a full calendar of competition within the six core cycling disciplines across the length and breadth of the country. Highlights include the National Championships in each discipline and top-class domestic series such as the Premier Calendar and Elite Circuit Series on the road which now both enjoy national TV coverage. We are also proud to host the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup which has taken place in Fort William for the past 11 years.
For younger riders, Scottish Cycling has Go-Ride – a national programme which introduces youngsters to the joy of cycling. For those with the appetite to go further there is Go-Ride Racing where under-16s can get a taste of competition by racing against riders of a similar age and ability.
Scottish Cycling is working hard to ensure there is a network of fully qualified coaches in place across all disciplines and levels of cycling. From supporting and encouraging newcomers or those stepping up a level, to nurturing and developing those with the talent to become the next generation of global cycling stars, our coaching qualifications ensure that riders of all abilities can get the most out of their cycling.
To support and underpin all these opportunities to ride, Scottish Cycling has a network of full time Regional Development Officers supporting the facilitation and coordination of opportunities through events, coaching and volunteering activities across all ages, abilities and disciplines to increase participation. At the heart of the role is club support, establishing strong working relationships with regional representatives, local authorities and other partners.
With more and more people taking to their bikes, we aim to work closely with local authorities to invest in a nationwide network of traffic-free facilities.