ScottishPower has placed a six-figure investment in Scottish Cycling's youth work, also becoming the 'official partner' of the organisation.
The sponsorship is the largest of its kind ever committed to Scottish Cycling and will go towards developing home-grown talent and improving the quality of outdoor facilities available throughout the country.
Speaking at today’s announcement, Keith Anderson, chief corporate officer of ScottishPower, said: “We hope our commitment to cycling in Scotland will help to inspire a new generation of riders following a tremendous Olympic Games in London and the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in our hometown of Glasgow.
“Cycling can play a huge part in leading a healthy, active and greener lifestyle, so in addition to supporting the best young riders in the country, we’re already looking at ways to help get more people, of all ages, outside and having fun on their bikes.”
Craig Burn, chief executive of Scottish Cycling, added: “Today’s announcement is a significant boost to the sport of cycling in Scotland. The ScottishPower National Youth Racing Series will enable our best young riders compete against each other on a regular basis and our development officer will be able to support event organisers and volunteers to put on the highest quality competition opportunities for youngsters throughout the season.
“Not only that, but the commitment from ScottishPower to help us improve outdoor facilities and encourage people of all ages and abilities to get on their bikes is very encouraging. Scottish Cycling is looking forward to working with such a proactive partner in the years ahead.”
Today’s announcement was backed by professional cyclist Rab Wardell and Delhi 2010 road race competitor Eileen Roe – both of whom are aiming to be selected for Glasgow 2014. They were joined at Strathclyde Park - where they will be competing at the Scottish National Cyclo-cross Championships on Sunday (10 February) – by some of the young cyclists who will benefit most from the investment.