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World’s only pop-up cycle racetrack brings big crowd

Velodrome 16 Brian McGill Barrhead

A giant crowd of bike fans enjoyed high-speed racing thrills at the weekend when the world’s only pop-up track-racing event came to Paisley town centre.

StreetVelodrome was making a return to the town after a successful debut last year, with Saturday’s event the first of several on a summer-long UK tour.

The day saw amateur riders sign up to race against the clock during a series of qualifiers, with the best going into the final to compete alongside professionals including John Paul, who represented Team Scotland at Glasgow 2014.

Velodrome 16 Brian McGill Barrhead

The day saw a men’s and women’s contest, as well as finals at under 16, 12, 10 and eight levels.

The top three men on the day were Dave Johnson, Mario Presi and Jack Ravenscroft, while the top women were Jess Stone, Anna Glowinski and Sarah Bradford of local club Johnstone Jets, who were competing as a guest team.

A film crew was there on the day to capture the best of the action, with a programme set to air later in the year on BT Sport and Eurosport.

Velodrome 69 spin class

Renfrewshire Council laid on a day of sport-themed family fun in the town centre throughout the day – attractions included bubble football, unicycle stunts, street athletics, a smoothie bike and Paisley Farmers’ Market, as well as outdoor spin classes run by Renfrewshire Leisure.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan, who was there on the day, said: “StreetVelodrome is a really exciting event and you could see how much it grabbed the attention of residents and passers-by alike.

Velodrome 195 Womens medalists L-R bronze Sarah Bradford, gold Jess Stone and silver Anna Glowinski

“We are working hard to establish Paisley and Renfrewshire as key destinations on Scotland events map and being able to stage days out like this is a big part of that.

“That work will take on more and more importance over the next two years as we build up to Paisley making its bid for UK City of Culture status in 2021, which would really put us in the international spotlight.”

Velodrome 35 L-R lance corp John quinn, Emily Eaton (presenter street velodrome) and Sapper Anton Williamson. from 71 Eng Reg based Hawkhead Rd

StreetVelodrome is the first part of a double-header of major cycling events in Paisley this summer, with the town set to host the British Cycling Youth National Circuit Championships on Sunday 12 July.

That event – taking place in Scotland for the first time – is being run by Renfrewshire Council and a partnership of local cycling clubs, and will see the sport’s stars of the future compete on a circuit around the town centre.

For more information on local events, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events

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World’s only pop-up race-track on way back to Paisley

Velodrome 13

Cycling fans are gearing up for a treat when the world’s only pop-up track racing event returns to Paisley as part of a day-long festival of sport.

Street Velodrome will be back in Paisley’s County Square on Saturday 30 May as the first of seven UK tour dates, after a successful debut last year.

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Amateur riders can sign up to race against the clock with the fastest reaching the final to be coached by and race alongside professionals including John Paul, who represented Team Scotland during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The event – which also features local club the Johnstone Jets – will be televised, and broadcast later in the year on BT Sport and Eurosport.

Riders can sign up on the day but interest is already high, so to guarantee a place sign up now at www.streetvelodrome.co.uk

Registration will be open from 9am, with amateur qualifying in the morning, a session for community groups over lunchtime, and the six finals (men’s, women’s, and under 8s, 10s, 12s and 16s) taking place from 4 to 6pm.

Renfrewshire Council has arranged a series of sport-themed events in the town centre on the day to help get families involved.

Attractions include bubble football, unicycle stunts, street athletics, a smoothie bike, and Paisley Farmers’ Market in its usual place at Paisley Cross from 10am to 2pm.

There will be free outdoor spin classes between 10.30am and 4pm, run by Renfrewshire Leisure’s Ricky Taylor, with special RL ‘yellow jerseys’ for the winners.

There will also be a team from Street Velodrome’s official charity partner Re~Cycle, collecting unused and unwanted bikes and sending them to vital projects in Africa.

Renfrewshire Council leader Mark Macmillan said: “Street Velodrome made a successful debut last year and this year’s event will serve up even more high-speed racing thrills.

“It is the first of two major cycling events we have this summer in Paisley town centre – with the sport’s stars of tomorrow en route for the British Cycling Youth National Circuit Championships on Sunday 12 July.

“Those events are high-quality additions to a programme already including established favourites like Sma’ Shot Day and the Pipe Band Championships.

“We and our partners will look to expand that programme further as we build up to Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and continue establishing the town as a key destination on Scotland’s events map.

“That bid is the key strand of a wider set of plans aimed at using the town’s internationally-significant cultural and heritage offering to transform its future.”

Carl Thompson, Street Velodrome series director, added: “It is so exciting to be coming back to County Square in Paisley.

“Last year saw some great racing with an enthusiastic and supportive crowd and it should be a great atmosphere once again. We expect the local riders competing to get the loudest cheers.”

For more information on local events, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events