Scottish Cycling

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Scottish Cyclists' Union
Logo of Scottish Cycling.jpg
Sport Cycle racing
Founded 1952
Affiliation British Cycling

Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome Emirates Arena 1000 London Road Glasgow

G40 3HY
President Alasdair MacLennan
Official website

Scottish Cycling, legally the Scottish Cyclists' Union (SCU), is the internationally recognised governing body for cycle sport in Scotland and is affiliated to British Cycling.[1]

Scottish Cycling is currently located in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow. It covers road bicycle racing, track cycling, mountain bike racing, cyclo-cross, BMX racing and time trialing.

Scottish Cycling introduced the MBLA award scheme (previously (Scottish Mountain Bike Leader Award)), qualification in the UK for leading organised groups on mountain biking rides. This award is now simply called the Mountain Bike Leader Award.

Scottish Cycling has a performance department to help train and develop Scottish athletes. It also enters Scottish teams for events such as the Commonwealth Games and Tour of Britain.


In 1931, Scottish cycling clubs formed a loose association named the Scottish Amateur Racing Association (SARA), which concerned itself with organisation of amateur road time trials. In 1936, a meeting of all Scottish clubs resolved to form a new body to represent all road time-trialling. This body, the Scottish Amateur Cycling Association (SACA), took over from the SARA in 1937.

In the same year, the National Cyclists' Union (NCU) formed a Scottish section to regulate mass-start road and track cycling. Racing on the open road had been discouraged by the NCU since the 19th century for fear that it would jeopardise the place of all cyclists on the road. Mass races were held on private circuits and consequently there were few races.

A desire to race on the open road led some clubs to affiliate to the rival British League of Racing Cyclists (BLRC) in 1945. The following year, the Scottish section of the NCU reformed itself into an autonomous body affiliated to the NCU, the Scottish National Cyclists' Union (SNCU). In response, in 1947, the Scottish BLRC reconstituted itself into the Scottish Cyclists' Union (SCU), an automous body affiliated to the BLRC. The inaugural meeting at the Clarion Rooms in Queen's Crescent, Glasgow, on 8 December 1946, resolved to ask the Union Cycliste Internationale, the world governing body, for recognition as the governing organisation in Scotland.[2] The first president was Tom Cook, Member of Parliament for Dundee.

In 1952 the SCU, SNCU and SACA amalgamated into a single body, which kept the Scottish Cyclists' Union name. That has since been shortened to Scottish Cycling (SC).


Board & Operational Responsibilities[edit]

The Board’s primary responsibility is to lead the strategic direction and policy of the organisation. It is also responsible for reviewing the progress being made towards the strategic aims. The organisation operates on a day-to-day basis through employed staff and a number of sub-committees or individual appointments. Matters of policy and strategic direction, together with matters specifically referred to within the rules, are reserved for the Board; other matters are delegated to operational levels. On a day-to-day basis, the Chief Executive is responsible for all aspects of the organisation and for ensuring the effective delivery of the organisation’s corporate strategy. The current Chief Executive is Craig Burn.


In 2011 the number of Scottish members increased by 12.7% to over 4364 in the 12 months to September 2011. There was a steady level of Junior and Youth membership with an increase of 11.1% to Under 12 riders. There was a 26.3% rise in Female Membership. Ride Membership for non racing cyclists, increased by 147.9%.

Area Category 2010 2011 (%) Change ‘10 - ’11
Membership TOTAL 3873 4364 12.7
Gold 854 852 -0.2
Silver 2161 2272 5.1
Bronze 566 516 -8.8
Ride 292 724 147.9
Age Category Senior 3113 3784 14.2
Junior 131 131 0
Youth 249 249 0
Under 12 180 200 11.1
Gender Male 3358 3715 10.6
Female 513 648 26.3

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Scottish Cycling Annual Report 2011
  2. ^ The Bicycle, UK, 18 December 1946, p19

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