Cyclists Aim for Gold Coast Standards at Team Scotland Series

November 9, 2017

The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, venue for large international track cycling events such as the Revolution Series, UCI Track World Cup, and the 2018 European Championships, plays host to the Scottish National Track Cycling Championships this weekend in the penultimate event of the 2017 Team Scotland Series.

Scotland’s home-grown talent will compete across three exciting days of competition for individual and team Championship titles and the honour of being named Scottish Champion 2017.

Several cyclists who represented Team Scotland at Glasgow 2014 will take to the boards, including double silver medallist Louise Haston, along with athletes looking to take their place at the next Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in 2018.

One of those is the rapidly improving John Archibald, elder brother of Olympic Champion and Glasgow 2014 medallist Katie Archibald. With one Gold Coast 2018 qualifying standard already in the bag, John will look to secure a second standard at the Scottish Championships this weekend.

Another athlete with the Commonwealth Games on her mind is Edinburgh rider Emma Baird. Missing out on Glasgow 2014 through injury, she is more determined than ever to secure her place this time around. Best known as a sprinter, she will make her bid for Gold Coast as pilot to Laura Cluxton in the Para-Sport Tandem. The pair make their first bid for a qualifying time this weekend before going onto the British Tandem Championships.

With almost all athletes who represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games having come through their sport’s National Championships, the Team Scotland Series is a ground-breaking collaboration bringing together Scottish Championship events across 13 Commonwealth Games sports. Part of Team Scotland’s work to support member sports and champion the ongoing success of Scots on the national and international sporting stage, it aims to bring these domestic events to a wider audience, inspiring more Scots to excel.

Action begins on Friday 10 November with the Women’s 500m Time Trial and continues throughout the weekend, concluding with the Women’s Sprint finals on Sunday evening.

For full information, including event schedule and venue map, visit the Scottish Track Cycling Championships event page.

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