Performances by Team GB’s Olympic cycling stars – including Scots Katie Archibald and Jack Carlin - inspired families in Drumchapel at the weekend to get active and enjoy the power of the bike.

The Drumchapel Cycle Hub, a volunteer-led community project which forms part of the National Lottery funded Drumchapel Sports Centre, played host to more than 30 young people and families who were joined by former Team GB cyclist, Shanaze Reade to celebrate the amazing performances out in Tokyo during the previous 24 hours in particular.

Anne Glass, lead volunteer at the cycle hub, said: “Our community services have been more in-demand than ever during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We have people coming off the street looking for support on things like bike safety checks and maintenance for those dusting off old bikes for the first time in a long time as well as taking up our bike loan scheme where individuals and families can borrow a bike to travel to work or enjoy a cycle.

“It’s brilliant to see how performances in Tokyo are inspiring other families and people of all ages to get on a bike and we’d encourage anyone to come and see us and give cycling a go.”

Shanaze, who represented Great Britain in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and won team track cycling gold at the 2007 and 2008 world championships, said: “The work they do here at Drumchapel Cycle Hub is amazing. Community groups like this are so important and it’s thanks to National Lottery funding that places like this exist.

“Our Olympians can do so much to inspire people at all levels – we’ve seen that during this Games with the likes of Kye Whyte in the BMX and other performances on the track. And it’s not over once the Olympic Games have finished - it’s great that the UCI World Championships will be taking place here in Glasgow and across Scotland in 2023.”

The inaugural UCI Cycling World Championships, combining track, BMX, road and mountain bike disciplines, will take place at existing venues in and around Glasgow over two weeks in August 2023.

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