Scottish Cycling receives Commonwealth Games participation boost

Governing body, Scottish Cycling, announces 10 per cent increase in membership, with participation also rising, since the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year

Scratch race, Commonwealth Games 2014 Glasgow, track cycling day four

Six months on from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, cycling in Scotland has never been more popular according to the Scottish governing body for the sport.

Scottish Cycling has seen its membership increase by 10 per cent since some of the world's best talents took to the roads and track in the city, with 9,000 people now signed up as members.

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Craig Burn, Scottish Cycling’s Chief Executive said: “Over the last 10 years, cycling in this country has grown from a minority pastime to become one of the UK’s fastest growing sports, with Scottish Cycling seeing a 142 per cent rise in membership over the last four years.

“I have no doubt that the Commonwealth Games has and will continue to aid the development of cycling in this country, by providing inspiration to our current riders and encourage spectators all over Scotland to try their hand at this fantastic sport. With local clubs throughout the country and a great calendar of events, there are opportunities for everyone.”

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The Commonwealth Games was the catalyst for a brand new velodrome being built in Glasgow, named in honour of Britain's most decorated Olympian Sir Chris Hoy.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.