Sports Minister Maree Todd opened the facility A £1.25m world-class community outdoor cycling circuit which was built to promote and encourage grassroots cycling and improve physical and mental health has been officially opened.
The West Lothian Cycle Circuit, which has been supported by the likes of Sir Chris Hoy, Katie Archibald and Ben Rowlings is a 10 year vision from the local community who were at the heart of its inception.
Delivered with investment from the Cycling Facilities Fund, the 1km traffic-free, tarmac circuit made up of four loops is fenced and floodlit for safe all year round use.
Linlithgow Community Development Trust (LCDT) has created the circuit to support both professional cyclists – 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 – and the local community.
It’s taken just over a year to build the circuit in south-east Linlithgow, but it’s been over a decade in the planning after LCDT first conceived the plan at community consultation in 2012.
Carole Racionzer, chair of LCDT, said: “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 […]