We didn’t spend £millions on our slogan but we think it’s effectve.
James McCallum introduces our slogan: “Letsbuildit”
We want to help people of all ages and abilities improve their physical and mental health, providing a safe environment to increase cycling confidence and creating a more sustainable, healthier, happier and better connected community.
Nicola Hogan from West Lothian Clarion dipped her toe into cycle racing in 2019, here she explains how she got on.
Last year I decided to get myself a British Cycling Race Licence for the first time and sign up to some races! It seemed daunting at first, but it’s been a lot of fun and I’ve learnt new skills, made new friends and got fitter.
I’ve loved the range of competitive and well organised events in beautiful Scottish countryside. My first road race was the Women’s Lake of Menteith Australian Pursuit Race (APR) (handicapped start waves), put on by the Glasgow Nightingales which was a lot of fun.
Towards the end of 2018 a friend invited me to her cycling club’s training session at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and shortly after that my husband and I did our velodrome accreditation. We began going to training sessions at the velodrome and it was there that it was suggested to me I give road and crit racing a go.
I raced one circuit race (aka criterium or “crit”) in March and finished towards the back of the group. I realised that this discipline takes a bit of practice. It’s high paced, close racing with lots of tight bends and corners.
The Linlithgow Cycle Circuit would be a very popular central Scotland venue for road cycling crit races. Many cyclists like me would come to train on the circuit to improve their crit racing skills. Summer evening race series could be held here and would be popular for all ages and stages.
It would be somewhere cycling enthusiasts like me could try racing for the first time and discover a new passion.
The West Lothian Cycle Circuit will be great for triathletes too
Cycling and running are activities that will benefit from access to the cycle circuit for coaching, training and events.
But what if you put the two activities together and make use of the swimming pool that already exists at Xcite?
Triathletes will be a group keen to use the the circuit says Andrew Fish, head coach of West Lothian Triathlon “The circuit is an amazing opportunity, as a club we would be keen to use the venue to develop bike skills and to run faster paced training and chain gang sessions.”
“If we can make use of the pool, the facilities will be perfect for transition practice (swim to bike and bike to run) and coaching could incorporate group riding skills, drafting and developing cornering and braking skills for beginners and youths.”
“There is also the potential to run triathlon events at the site along with time trials and bunch races.”
“The circuit will help bring the enjoyment of cycling and triathlon to a wider community, utilising a safe environment to learn and understand all aspects of cycling.”
We’ve pulled together this infographic to give you an idea of what things cost and what your donations will be used for.
Our campaign is raising money to pay for the circuit’s floodlights. They’re an essential part of our planning that will allow folk to use the circuit all year round, in the evening or before work (or school!) in the morning.
But did you know one light costs £1,185? We need 27 for the perimeter of phase 1, so our £30k #Letsbuildit crowdfunder will be a massive boost with your help.
Here’s a run down of other costs (Can you believe a gate costs £1,000!)
1 metre of kerb £15 1 metre of fencing £31 1 metre² access path £42 1 metre² track £58 1 metre of 6m-wide track £346 1 floodlight £1,185 1 pedestrian gate £1,000 (We need 3 of these) 1 vehicular access gate £1,500 (2 of these) 1 storage unit £2,700
The local cycling community has shown amazing support for of our plans to build a 1km traffic-free, floodlit cycle circuit in Linlithgow.
West Lothian Clarion Cycling Club have backed the project from the beginning and have contributed almost £13,000 to the campaign. £6,000 is directly from club funds with the remainder from fundraising activities like races, merchandise sales and calendar sales.
We’re overwhelmed by the support that the Clarion has given us: crucially the club stepped in at critical points over the last 6 years, making sure enough funds were available for a business plan and planning application.
Club President Diane Clayton-Chisholm said “West Lothian Clarion are backing this project because it will create more opportunities for people to ride their bikes. It will bring new people into the sport, benefiting local clubs and creating an environment where women and children, especially, can develop their skills and confidence.
The project team are incredibly grateful to the local cycling community who have been so generous with their support, Matthew Ball from the project said “Local cycling clubs have been so encouraging, they can see the benefits their members will get from having this cycle circuit, not just for today but for generations to come.”
The Clarion aren’t the only local club to back the project. Edinburgh RC donated £2,500. Club president Phil Darby said “We want to support more facilities in Scotland to keep up with the number of youngsters and new riders taking up the sport”
Falkirk Junior Bike Club recently donated £1000. Club chair Mark Drackford said “Providing a regular opportunity for our riders to develop their road cycling skills in a safe environment has long been an aspiration of the club, and therefore we are keen to demonstrate our support for the Circuit, ”
Falkirk adult bike club donated £1,000 on behalf of the Tom Anderson Memorial Fund in 2018. The fund was set up in memory of the former captain of Falkirk Bicycle Club.
Livingston Cycling Club and Kinross Cycling Club have each donated £500 and the National Clarion Cycling club have donated a further £1000
Matthew Ball said “I’d like to reach out to other cycling clubs and ask them to donate to this amazing cause. If we want to secure cycling for today’s members and also future generations, we must act now to build a diverse cycling infrastructure.