Tickets on sale for first event in Sir Chris Hoy velodrome

The Sir Chris Hoy velodrome
Image caption The velodrome will have a permanent capacity for 2,000 seated and 500 standing spectators for the 250m track, which will rise to 4,000 seats at the 2014 Games

The Scottish Track Championships will be the first event to be held in the new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.

The facility, which forms part of the £113m Commonwealth Arena in the city's east end, will see three days of competition begin on 26 October.

A one-off showcase charity event - the Thunderdrome - will also be held in the velodrome, with special appearances from Sir Chris as well as English and European track cycling stars.

Tickets will go on sale at 09:00.

Riders will have the chance to compete for 14 championship titles at the velodrome.

The facility next to Celtic Park has been named after the six-time Olympic gold medal winner from Edinburgh, who is now Britain's most successful Olympian of all time.

The Thunderdrome, a two-hour charity exhibition event showcasing races including the Keirin, Match Sprint and Team Sprints, will be held on 27 October.

Image caption Sir Chris Hoy won two gold medals at the London Olympics

The event will see four teams of three sprinters go head-to-head, with proceeds going to the Braveheart Fund, a cycling charity founded by former British champion Brian Smith.

Craig Burn, chief executive of the national governing body Scottish Cycling, said: "It's fantastic that the Scottish Track Championships will be the first competitive event in the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome.

"The facility itself is a superb legacy for Scotland and will aid the development of the next generation of elite Scottish athletes like Sir Chris Hoy himself."

The velodrome will also host the UCI Track World Cup series in November.

The Track World Cup is a qualifying event for the 2013 World Championships and the Glasgow leg will give fans the first opportunity to see the GB Cycling Team in international action after the success of the Olympic Games.

Olympic gold medal winners Jason Kenny, Laura Trott and Dani King are expected to race. However, Sir Chris confirmed he would only be spectating at the event and would not take part.

Tickets for the Scottish Track Championships and the Thunderdrome can be purchased from the Glasgow Concert Hall website or by phoning 0141 353 8000.

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