14 February 2018News Flash
North rider Kyle Gordon has officially been selected to be part of the Scotland Squad at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Kyle has been selected as a member of the Endurance squad and will ride all the endurance events on the track, the road race and possibly the time trial. All at Hivelo would like to congratulate Kyle on his selection.
Picture by Harry Tweed.
31 January 2018Kyle Gordon
LATEST UPDATE :
Kyle rode 4.24 at the British Championships in Manchester on the 26th January. He’s now met the Scottish qualification standard for the Commonwealth Games making him eligible for selection. The dream lives on ………..
24 January 2018Katie Archibald
The bid to bring track cycling facilities to the North of Scotland as part of the Arena project received another boost this morning.
Taking a break from her training build-up to this weekend’s British Championships, Katie Archibald MBE, advised:
"The success of British track cycling is facility driven; you can plot the hometowns of Britain's best and see the obvious trend. Building a velodrome in Inverness will open the door for the Highlands to share in the nation's passion, and in turn its success, in this sport."
Katie hails from Glasgow and began competitive cycling on the Highland Games grass track circuit in 2011. She quickly graduated onto the velodrome and began a stellar career which to date includes seven British, ten European and two World championships all achieved by the age of 24. In 2016 she took Olympic gold riding as part of the GB Team Pursuit squad in Rio and was subsequently honoured in the Queen’s birthday list.
07 January 2018Press Release
HIGHLAND ARENA CAMPAIGN GETS UNDERWAY
The Highland Arena is an exciting and innovative project that will transform lives right across the North of Scotland. It combines ‘state of the art’ regional sports and wellness facilities with a large-scale community entertainment and events space. As a bold addition to the established leisure complex at the Bught, Inverness, it will include –
ATHLETICS : Indoor sprint track, jumps/throws, warm up facilities
CYCLING : 250m UCI standard velodrome
GYMNASTICS : Pitted gym suitable for all Olympic disciplines
JUDO : Dojo with 2.5 mat areas
TENNIS : Four indoor tennis courts
WELLBEING : Strength & conditioning suite, studios, sports science support
ARENA : Showcase Conference/Events venue catering for over 3000 persons
Conceived by the Highland Council, the new Arena could be ready and open for community use by 2020. The projected cost of £23m. can be substantially offset by extensive grants from sportscotland, public agencies, ERDF and charities, plus donations from business, philanthropic and community sources.
The new Arena facilities promise other substantial economic and regional development benefits from their unique ‘perched’ design. Many concerts, shows, exhibitions and conferences currently bypass the Highlands for want of a suitably large performance space. A flexible cultural venue with capacity for up to 3-5000 people would attract significant new business to the region.
Highland Council will shortly be completing a major review of their five-year Capital Programme. Difficult decisions will be taken at the budget meeting on the 15 February 2018. The wider financial outlook is seriously constrained. However, the Highlands still require continuing investment to meet the wide-ranging needs of the whole community. That demands a balance of schemes – schools, roads, affordable housing, social care and leisure projects - when and where suitable opportunities arise. There are also sound economic reasons why such capital investment for the future needs to be increased during times of austerity.
Speaking recently, John MacMillan, chair of local cycling charity HiVelo, outlined the benefits that the new facilities would bring to that particular sport,
“The proposed Arena is crucial to our ambitions to grow every branch of cycling here in the North of Scotland for the benefit of future generations.
The velodrome and associated facilities will provide a safe all-weather training and fitness venue for enjoyment by users of every type and persuasion. It will fundamentally improve our sport by dispensing with the requirement for Highlanders to make long and expensive journeys south to ride on tracks which are already over-subscribed. It will open up new experiences and opportunities for our young people in particular.
The Highlands are especially deficient in regional performance sports facilities compared to the rest of Scotland, and the new Arena will fix that glaring ‘black hole’ – it’s a real gamechanger.”
The window of opportunity for the Highland Arena is unfortunately closing rapidly. A longstanding offer of £7m. grant from national agency sportscotland will expire if the project is not included in the Council’s programme. Potential European finance must also be spent by 2020, and other donors will need confirmation to maintain momentum. The corresponding local authority investment could be spread over three financial years. HiVelo is therefore urging its supporters and indeed, all those who enjoy any sports & leisure activities, to register their support with local Councillors before the meeting in February. The Trust has produced a helpful ‘toolkit’ to allow representations to be emailed to local elected Members.
04 January 2018Special Bursary
Picture by Harry Tweed
North time trial enthusiasts need no introduction to the exploits of KYLE GORDON (RT23). Despite heavy offshore work commitments which have meant only intermittent race opportunities during 2017, Kyle has recorded some of the fastest times in Scotland breaking both 50 minutes for the 25-mile TT and the 20 minute barrier in the 10TT.
Kyle has since taken the decision give up work for 6 months to try to qualify for the 4000m track pursuit at the next Commonwealth Games (Australia 2018).
He raced at the Glasgow velodrome during October after very limited track time and did a 4.36, which was 11 seconds off the qualifying time. He rode again at the Scottish Championships in November and took the Silver medal with a fastest time of 4.29 in his qualifying ride. John Archibald won the Gold and met the standard for the Games with a 4.21.
Kyle was then invited to train alongside the Scottish Squad for the next 5 weeks which has given him valuable track time. To qualify he has to achieve a time of 4.25 or better at two recognised UCI events. At the meeting held in Switzerland on the 20 December, he put together a qualifying ride of 4.23, so now requires one more such effort with upcoming opportunities at the British championships (January) and an event in Newport.
Kyle’s current focus and dedication involves considerable outlay on food, accommodation, kit and travel which is self-funded from savings. HiVelo is therefore pleased to announce an exceptional award of £500 made in recognition of his achievements and sacrifice. A native of Alness, Kyle has been a long-time supporter of the campaign to build a second velodrome here in the North of Scotland. He feels strongly that it would greatly benefit the fitness levels and skills of riders from all over the Highlands, especially during the long winter season. In particular, it would remove much of the burden of travel and expensive overnight stays otherwise involved with irregular forays down to Glasgow. A local track will also enable use by schools leading to the creation of a North youth track development squad and future medallists.
28 December 2017Winter Stars award
STARS AWARD – Winter 2017
The latest young North rider to be recognised with a coveted STARS bursary is
GEORGIA MANSFIELD (RT23)
This year I had a rough start to my racing season as I broke my wrist in a crash over the winter, and then a few months later injured my back. I had to focus on rest for a month or two before building into the training again but the first weekend of June made it worthwhile. I won the Scottish Junior womens’ road race champs on the Saturday and then the next day raced the Scottish 25TT champs and broke the female junior record on tired legs.
The last few months I have been on the track, breaking the Scottish junior female record in the 3km Individual pursuit and got two 4ths and a 5th in my events at the Scottish senior track champs. I couldn't have done it without Peter Ettles who gives me so much guidance and support and deserves a mention.
I am really grateful to be receiving this award and hope to use it to help fund my racing kit for next year, as I have just joined a womens’ racing team called Torelli who are based in Manchester. It is going to be a really expensive year as I will be getting the chance to race all over the UK and Europe with my new team. My main track objective will be to get selected to ride at the Revolution UK series. This award will go a long way to help me try and achieve my ambitions and I'm really excited.
The next couple of years I will be focused on achieving good results at both the British track and road champs, as well as getting experience at UCI level races over in Europe.