The first major international cycling event to be held in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome at the Emirates Arena – this weekend’s UCI Track Cycling World Cup – has been hailed a major success.
Around 20,000 people attended the event over five sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to watch the world’s top cyclists go head to head in various races including the team pursuit, omnium, sprint, keirin, team sprint and individual pursuit. The event sold out in just 25 minutes and the weekend’s action lived up to expectations to the delight of the home fans.
Chair of Glasgow Life and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “This weekend’s UCI Track Cycling World Cup announced Glasgow’s arrival on the world stage when it comes to hosting international cycling events and reinforces our position as one of the world’s top sporting cities.
“It has been an exceptional weekend of cycling with some incredible performances not least from our very own Laura Trott who took two golds. But more than that, it has been fantastic to hear the riders and British Cycling speak so positively about the venue and the track itself.
“This will be the first of many world-class events to be staged at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome at the Emirates Arena.”
Germany ran out overall team winners but there was string of impressive displays from Team GB over the weekend with home favourite Laura Trott winning her second gold medal of the Glasgow World Cup on Sunday in an absorbing omnium.
The 20-year-old Olympic and world champion added to her team pursuit success with Dani King and Elinor Barker in the six-discipline event which brought her gold in London. Wins on the final day in the individual pursuit and crucially, an epic effort in the last event, the 500m time trial, saw Trott overturn a two-point deficit from then-leader Australian Ashlee Ankudinoff, bringing the capacity crowd to its feet.
After winning her second gold Trott said: “The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome was really good and it certainly did me proud over the weekend. I’d like to thank all the fans who have been great.”
The UCI Track Cycling World Cup was deliver in partnership by British Cycling and Glasgow Life on behalf of Glasgow City Council with funding support from EventScotland and UK Sport.
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “Seeing the UCI Track World Cup at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome this weekend has been fantastic and it really underlines that Scotland is the perfect stage for major international events.
"This is a hugely exciting time for cycling in Scotland with the velodrome now fully operational and future event bids in the pipeline including our proposal to secure the Tour de France for Great Britain.”