It’s hard to believe that today marks 6 months since the opening ceremony of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Team Scotland’s performance at the Games in Glasgow was their best ever winning an incredible 53 medals – 19 Gold, 15 Silver and 19 Bronze. Scotland’s cyclists contributed to this medal haul with 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze. In addition to exceeding our medal target many of our athletes achieved Personal Bests and demonstrated that Scotland can compete on the world stage.
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 and improved access to facilities. Recently, Scottish Cycling has also given our support to the Road Share campaign for stricter liability.
Membership and participation in Scotland continues to grow. Within the last 6 months Scottish Cycling has increased our membership by 10% taking us to nearly 9000 members throughout Scotland. Contributing to overall membership in Britain which has surpassed 100,000 for the first time in British Cycling’s history
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 addition to our 9000 members we have around 12,000 individuals directly connected to the governing body; and a further 4000 club supporters in 164 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.
“I have no doubt that the Commonwealth Games has and will continue to 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 provide support and services to ensure they can enjoy riding their bike in a safe, friendly and accessible environment.