Glasgow Building Scotland's First Olympic-Standard BMX Bike Track
Work is underway to build the first Olympic-standard BMX bike track in Scotland, "which will allow for elite-level competitions to be staged in the country on a regular basis," according to Russell Jackson of the SCOTSMAN. The £3.7M ($4.4M) project is being constructed in Knightswood, in northwest Glasgow, and "will form one of the key venues for the 2018 European Championships." The new BMX Centre at Knightswood Recreation Ground is the "only permanent venue being constructed for use at Glasgow 2018, with work expected to be completed by late spring next year." Completion of the center will "mean Glasgow is the only city in the world with venues capable of hosting all four Olympic cycling discipline events" -- BMX, mountain bike trails, road and track -- within its boundary. The project, which is being funded by Glasgow 2018, Sportscotland, Glasgow City Council and British Cycling, "will be open for use by the local community as well as becoming the new home of the Western Titans BMX Club," which will relocate from its existing base in Clydebank (SCOTSMAN, 11/16).