There was an unprecedented response when tickets went on sale for the inaugural international event to take place at the new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.
Tickets for the UCI Track World Cup 3-day meet in November sold out in just 25 minutes, a record for a cycling event in Great Britain.
The new velodrome has been built to play host to the cycling events at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and is named after the rider who won his record sixth Olympic gold medal in London earlier this month. Hoy’s success, along with that of the rest of the British track cycling team, has created a huge surge of interest in the sport.
The atmosphere generated by the crowds in the London Olympic velodrome was incredible. Just watching the events on the television, you could feel the energy around the place with amazing levels of noise and support given to the riders. They will be hoping to create such a great environment in Glasgow as the best riders from around the world come together once more in the UK.
Speaking of their delight at the response from the public to the opportunity to be part of the international debut of Glasgow’s latest sporting landmark, Chair of Glasgow Life and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said:
“We always expected demand for tickets to be high for the Track Cycling World Cup but to sell out all but one session in just under half an hour is a fantastic result and shows just why we are one of the world’s leading destinations for sporting events. We now can’t wait for the action to get underway and for the world’s best cyclists to take to the track at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome for the first time.”
Cycle Sport and Membership director of British Cycling Jonny Clay said:
“With the profile of British Cycling on an all time high after the Olympics in London we were always confident that we’d fill the venue in Glasgow for the first international track cycling event in the UK after the Games. However, the response this morning exceeded our own expectations and it’s clear that the sport will get a huge welcome in Glasgow later this year.
We hope to reward their enthusiasm for the sport with a great event to celebrate the new venue in Glasgow, for those who’ve missed out, we’ll have coverage on the BBC to ensure that the widest possible audience see the venue in action.”
Once final venue capacity is confirmed and competitor numbers known, a handful of tickets may yet be released closer to the event and these are sure to be hotly sought after. However, those who’ve missed out will have another opportunity to get their fill of track racing action as the National Cycling Centre in Manchester plays host to the British Cycling Senior National Track Championships this September, for which tickets will go on sale this Friday 24th August at 1pm via Ticketmaster.
For all the latest UCI Track World Cup Glasgow information visit www.trackworldcup.co.uk.