Glasgow boy Callum Skinner believes home town crowds can galvanise track cyclists at Glasgow 2018

Glasgow cyclist Callum Skinner can’t wait for his home city to host the 2018 European Championships and believes the multi-sport format will offer an exciting new dynamic for spectators.

Track Cycling is one of four disciplines taking place in Glasgow as part of the European Championships alongside Road, BMX and Mountain Bike. It’s the first time all four European Championships have taken place in the same city simultaneously.

The Glasgow European Championships will be the biggest sporting event to be staged in Scotland since the Commonwealth Games with a wide range of events for all the family. A full schedule of the Glasgow 2018 Cycling events and information on how to purchase tickets can be found here

Glasgow’s Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome at the Emirates Arena will host all Track Cycling events and it’s a venue that holds a special place in the heart for Skinner, who will be eager for the chance to compete in front of a home crowd at Glasgow 2018.

The 2016 Olympic Games gold and silver medal winner said: “I always love competing at home. As a venue, when I was growing up there was only one velodrome and it was outdoors and we’ve always fought for an indoor facility like we now have at Glasgow.

“To have that for Scottish kids to develop is amazing in itself but to get the opportunity to compete there is an added bonus

“It’s a venue that means so much to me. I know how much it means for the kids to have an indoor facility and to have the home crowd is really special.”

The Glasgow 2018 European Championships is a brand-new multi-sport event which will see over 3,000 of the continent’s leading athletes across six different sports compete for the crown of European Champion.

It will include the existing European Championships for Aquatics, Cycling, Golf, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon along with the addition of a new Team Golf Championships at Gleneagles.

For Skinner, who won gold in the 1km Time Trail at the UEC European Track Cycling Championships back in 2014, it’s a chance to compete in something completely new with the backing of a vocal home support.

He added: “It’s new and exciting, and it’s always good to see if a multi-sport event can add a new dynamic for spectators so I think it’s a great thing with plenty of sport to see on your doorstep.

“I don’t get to go home as often as I’d like, but Glasgow is a city that has a great affinity for me and you always know you have that extra support in the city.”

Tickets for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships are now on sale at starting at £10 for adults and £5 for under-16s and over-60s. Track Cycling prices start from £15 and £7.50 for concessions.

A full schedule of Glasgow 2018 Cycling events – including Track Cycling at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome - is available here. 

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