Cycling will feature on 10 days of the inaugural multi-sport European Championships across Glasgow.
The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome will reprise its role from the 2014 Commonwealth Games and host the track cycling events while an Olympic standard BMX track will be built in the Knightswood area of the city.
The Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails and the streets of the city of Glasgow itself provide the venues for the mountain bike and road cycling disciplines.
European Cycling Union President David Lappartient commented: “Glasgow will undoubtedly be the ideal setting for the four Olympic cycling disciplines which are on the programme of the first multi-sport European Championships.
“We were impressed with the Chris Hoy Velodrome, which has a very fast wooden track, according to internationally renowned riders.
“As for BMX, we would like to highlight the extraordinary work done to create a brand new track that will also include a training track, which is essential to attract young girls and boys from the age of five to this discipline.”
Colin Hartley, the Championships Director at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships Director, added: “Staging these four disciplines at the same time in Glasgow in 2018 will not only be a spectacular opportunity for spectators to watch some of the world’s top names competing on the roads, track, mountain bike trails and BMX track, but will also showcase a sport that is integral to the city’s plans to increase participation across all types of cycling.
“Staging the road race on the streets of our city centre will also be a fantastic chance to showcase our best landmarks to a huge TV audience across our core tourist markets in Europe.”
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European riders took 14 of the 18 gold medals on offer in the four different cycling disciplines at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, giving every indication that the races in Glasgow will also be truly world-class races affairs.
Great Britain’s success in Rio – leading the medal table with six titles with the likes of Jason Kenny and Laura Trott striking gold – and also at recent world and continental championships, should ensure a high spectator turnout and an electric atmosphere from British cycling fans, who are noted for their devotion to the sport.
European riders took 14 of the 18 gold medals on offer in the four different cycling disciplines at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The 2016 European Road Championships, held in the French town of Plumelec, were the first to allow elite professional riders to take part and were broadcast in 71 countries around the world, demonstrating the vast global appeal of European cycling.
Number of disciplines: 4 (Road, Track, Mountain Bike & BMX)
Number of medal events: 30
Number of competition days: 10
Number of athletes: 800
First edition: 1989 (Mountain Bike)
In the summer of 2018 Europe’s top athletes will compete in the inaugural European Championships – an exciting new multi-sport event bringing together some of the continent’s leading sports.
Tickets for both the Berlin 2018 European Championships and Glasgow 2018 European Championships are on sale.