Tickets are set to go on sale for the first major track cycling event to be held in Glasgow’s stunning new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
The UCI Track Cycling World Cup will take place at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome between 16 and 18 November and will see the world’s top cyclists, including members of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games, compete at the venue for the first time.
Tickets will go on sale to British Cycling members at 2pm on 16th August before going on general sale at 12 noon on 22nd August and can be purchased via www.ticketmaster.co.uk. Spectators are encouraged to book their tickets early to avoid disappointment as high demand is expected.
The competition format at the Track Cycling World Cup will include many of the events that proved so popular at London 2012 including the Sprint, Omnium and Team Pursuit.
Jonny Clay, Cycle Sport and Membership Director at British Cycling said: “Hosting events of this calibre demonstrates how committed we are to development of the sport and shows how well we’re able to combine infrastructure and events to drive growth in the sport at all levels.
“The Track World Cup in Glasgow is the first opportunity for people to see the GB cycling team in international action after the Olympic Games and the event promises to be a great spectacle for cycling fans as our GB athletes prepare for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and set off on the road to Rio 2016.”
Chair of Glasgow Life and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “The London 2012 Olympic Games captured the imagination of the nation, with the sensational performances of the Team GB cycling team among the real highlights. The atmosphere at the Olympic velodrome was incredible and we can’t wait to get a feel for that when the Track Work Cup comes to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in November.
“Glasgow is one of the world’s leading sporting cities in part thanks to our world-class events programme, which is growing all the time as we continue to invest in the very best facilities. And as we look ahead to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Track World Cup will give people the chance to see just what they can expect when the world’s top cyclists go for gold in our new velodrome.”
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “ Scotland is the perfect stage for events, and with the opening of the new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome we can proudly add the sport of track cycling to our extensive portfolio of major international events. Following the success of Sir Chris and his fellow Team GB athletes at the Olympics, the excitement and enthusiasm for the World Cup event in Glasgow is going to be huge.”
Simon Morton, Director of Major Events at UK Sport, said: “We are delighted the UK has been given the opportunity to host these exciting sports thanks to National Lottery funding. It has been clearly demonstrated with events such as the Track Cycling World Cup, which UK Sport has supported since 2004, how events like this can support both growth and performance ambitions.
"The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow will be one of the world's best venues for Track Cycling, and our fans are in for a real treat as they see the British team begin their journey towards Rio 2016. This will be the first of many events that UK Sport's National Lottery funded programme will help to stage in the UK after London 2012."
The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, which forms part of the £113million Commonwealth, will open to the public on Friday 5 October. It will host a world-class events programme including track cycling, athletics, badminton, netball and basketball. It will be a showpiece venue for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, where it will host the badminton and track cycling events.
The arena will also be the new home of Scotland 's only professional basketball team, the Glasgow Rocks, who play in the UK national super league and Scotland ’s leading netball side, the Glasgow Wildcats. The facility will be a national training centre for athletics, basketball, netball, track cycling and volleyball, and will include Scotland ’s first dedicated indoor velodrome, providing elite training and an international competition standard venue.
The velodrome track was designed by the internationally renowned designer Ralph Schuermann, who designed the 2008 Olympic Games velodrome in Beijing. The design of the velodrome’s track - and its accreditation by the UCI - is viewed as key to the success of the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome as an event arena.
It will also be the administrative hub for several national sports federations and Glasgow Life’s Sports Development unit. Other facilities will include one of the largest Glasgow Clubs in the city with three sports halls with 12 games courts, four outdoor floodlit five-a-side courts, a health and fitness centre, an indoor roller sports park and provision for cycling, all available for use by the local community.
The construction project had a peak workforce of over 500, including 50 apprenticeship places.