The search to find the next Sir Chris Hoy was launched in Glasgow today (Wednesday) as details of Scotland’s newest track cycling team were unveiled in the velodrome named in his honour.
Based at the at the iconic Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in the £113million Emirates Arena, the Glasgow Life Track Cycling Team will help develop the next generation of Scottish sprint track cyclists. The team consists of some of the fastest riders in the country, who have all achieved tough qualification times at a flying 200m time trial, 1 kilometre time trial and a standing 250m time trail.
Team Glasgow Life is the top tier of a sprint cycling development programme currently being delivered in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome by Glasgow Life coaches. And while the programme will prepare cyclists for competition at the highest level, all sessions are open to the public, in a move that will help inspire the next generation of track cyclists. Glasgow Life coaches are also developing a paracycling pathway that will run in parallel to the team and squad structure, delivering a programme unique to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
Feeding into the team is a new development squad which consists of riders identified through the existing Glasgow Life talent ID and schools programmes. Details of the team were unveiled just three months before some of the very best young cyclists in the world go for gold at the 2013 Juniors Track World Championships (JTWC) in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
Chair of Glasgow Life and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “The search for the next Sir Chris Hoy is well and truly on. Team Glasgow Life will provide a pathway for Scottish cyclists to compete at the very highest level.
“We have some of the best indoor cycling facilities in the world at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and these facilities will help inspire the next generation of cyclists. We have already witnessed that inspiration as local people have come to the velodrome in their thousands.
“Over the coming months and years we will welcome some of the world’s top cyclists to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome for as part of our world-class events programme, starting with this summer’s Juniors Track World Championships. In years to come we want to see cyclists who started their development at the Sir Chris Hoy Veoldrome go for gold at these events – that will be real legacy from this fantastic facility.”
Head coach at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Kevin Stewart, who broke the British record in the 200metre time trial at the 2009 JTWC, before going on to ride for Team Scotland at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, believes the team will be the perfect launch pad for Scottish riders aiming to compete at events such as future JTWC.
He said: “As we look ahead to future years it is fantastic to know that our best young cyclists will have the chance to learn their trade on the boards of the Sir Chris Hoy Veolodrome. The facilities we now have in Glasgow are right up there with the best in the world.
“Some of the great riders have started on the road to glory at the Juniors Track World Championships and I am sure in years to come some of those who go on to compete at the highest will have made their mark at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.”
The 2013 JTWC comes to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome between Wednesday 7 and Sunday 11 August and will feature some of the very young track cyclists from across the world. Riders will go for gold in a range of events including the team sprint, keirin, individual pursuit, omnium, sprint, madison, points race, team pursuit, scratch race and various time trials over five days of world-class action. Glasgow joins an elite list of JTWC host cities that includes Los Angeles, Cape Town and Moscow.
Tickets for the 2013 JTWC, priced from just £3 for children and £6 for adults plus booking fee, are now available fromwww.juniorworlds2013 or by telephoning 0141 353 8000. As well as tickets for individual sessions, special championship passes starting at £25 for children/concessions and £45 for adults, are also available.