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Article published 25/05/2023

A £1.25 million world-class community outdoor cycling circuit will open in Linlithgow on Saturday 27 May at 12.15pm. The facility has been built to promote and encourage grassroots cycling and improve physical and mental health in the area. It will be opened by the Minister for Social Care, Mental Wellbeing and Sport Maree Todd.

The West Lothian Cycle Circuit is a 10 year vision from the local community who were at the heart of its inception. It has been supported by the likes of Sir Chris Hoy, Katie Archibald and Ben Rowlings.

The one kilometre traffic-free, tarmac circuit made up of four loops is fenced and floodlit for safe use all year round. It has been delivered with investment from the Cycling Facilities Fund. Linlithgow Community Development Trust (LCDT) has created the circuit to support both professional cyclists and the local community. It is being offered as a training facility for athletes coming to Glasgow and Scotland for the 2023 UCI  Cycling World Cycling Championships this August. 

It has taken just over a year to build the circuit in south-east Linlithgow, but it’s been over a decade in the planning. The LCDT first conceived the plan at a community consultation in 2012.

We are absolutely delighted to be opening the West Lothian Cycle Circuit in Linlithgow after so many years of campaigning and fundraising. We’re really excited to be welcoming professional cyclists to Linlithgow but equally thrilled the local community will have this exceptional asset to support people learning to cycle and to cycle safely.

It will be used to promote active travel and a range of different sports, such as triathlon, skating and running. This has been a true partnership between so many organisations, including our main funders West Lothian Council and sportscotland.

Carole Racionzer, Chair of Linlithgow Community Development Trust

EventScotland is delighted to be supporting West Lothian Cycle Circuit’s Grand Opening and Cycle Fun Day activity through the Community Cycling Fund. It is enabling opportunities for more people to enjoy the benefits of cycling through a range of events and activity, as we move closer to the inaugural 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships.

Events play an important role in our communities, enabling us all to connect, enjoy and share memorable experiences - having them in our calendar further strengthens Scotland’s position as the perfect stage for events. The plans for this Saturday will be a terrific way to showcase this amazing facility, with a range of activities for the whole community to get involved in.

The public are welcome to attend the opening from 11am. There are also cycle beginner coaching sessions in the morning. 

Visit the official Eventbrite page to book a coaching session.

The Community Cycling Fund and Cycling Facility Fund will deliver a tangible benefit from the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships. These Championships will bring together 13 existing UCI World Championships into a new mega event in Glasgow and across Scotland from 3 - 13 August. 

With something for everyone to enjoy, the Championships will feature 13 high-adrenaline, exciting UCI World Championships including:

  • Track and Para-cycling Track (Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome)
  • BMX Racing (Glasgow BMX Centre)
  • BMX Freestyle - Park and Flatland and Trials (Glasgow Green)
  • Indoor Cycling - artistic cycling and cycle-ball (Emirates Arena)
  • Mountain Bike Cross-Country and Marathon (Glentress Forest, Tweed Valley)
  • Mountain Bike Downhill (Fort William)
  • Road and Para-cycling Road (across Scotland) 

Tickets are on sale now from as little as £8.00, with concessions from £5.00. There are also many free events to watch throughout the Championships.

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