Scottish Cycling and British Cycling have welcomed the announcement that four European cycling championships are to be staged in Glasgow as part of the inaugural European Sports Championships in the summer of 2018.

Alongside cycling, the first edition of the multi-sport event will also include athletics, swimming, rowing, triathlon and golf hosted by the cities of Glasgow and Berlin.

Over 650 of Europe’s top cyclists will compete in road, track, mountain bike and BMX championship events.

Venues used for the 2014 Commonwealth Games will once again see international-class cycling with Cathkin Braes hosting the mountain bike cross country event, the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome hosting the track events and with cyclists taking to the streets of Glasgow for the road events.  Glasgow City Council has also confirmed a new BMX facility will be built in the lead up to the championships.

Commenting on the news Scottish Cycling’s Chief Executive, Craig Burn said: We are delighted that four European cycling championships are coming to Glasgow and the surrounding area. It will give cycling fans all over Scotland the chance to see world class cycling stars in action once again on home soil, right in the heart of the city.

"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 people all over Scotland to try their hand at our fantastic sport whether it be for sport, leisure, to stay fit or have fun."

Ian Drake, chief executive of British Cycling said: “The cycling events at the 2014 Commonwealth Games inspired huge numbers of people across Britain to get out on their bikes so I’m thrilled the city will once again get the chance to host international-class cycling.

“Anyone who was in Glasgow last summer will know that the city made the Games and I’m looking forward to similar success in 2018.”