Playing host to the BMX events for the European Championships on the 10th and 11th of August, is the brand new Glasgow BMX Centre in Knightswood. This state of the art facility is the only permanent venue constructed for the European Championships in Glasgow and is Scotland’s only World and Olympic standard BMX track and the second in Britain.
The building work started in September 2017 and was finished in May this year, costing around £3.7 million. The main track which will be used in competition is 400 meters long and 5 meters wide, there is also a smaller pump track which is suitable for beginners of the sport.
Home of the Western Titans BMX club after the championships, and used by other local clubs, schools and community groups,the facility will provide a lasting legacy for BMX in Scotland. It will ‘develop riders to medal level’ and introduce both children and adults to the sport.
Key Features of the Glasgow BMX Centre:
Straight and rhythm sections
8 meter starting hill
Brand new Start and Finish Line
Quick Fire Questions
Where is the prime spot to watch the racing?
Either at the first jump or at the finish line
Who should be on our ‘one to watch’ list?
One to watch is our very own GB rider Kyle Evans who is currently W6. Of the new track Kyle said, “We had a training camp at the new Glasgow BMX Centre two weeks ago and it went well, it’s a brilliant facility and I like the track."
When does the track open to the public after the European Championships?
There will be a short closure for retro fit of lighting so the track can be used all year round and any adjustments that need to be made.
Are there any other big events coming to the track in the near future?
Hopefully a British National for next year and there are plans to apply for a World Cup SX event in 2020.
Racing starts with Heats tomorrow afternoon and continues on Saturday morning. Full information on the BMX events at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships can be found here.