Scottish Cycling

Scottish Cycling, legally the Scottish Cyclists' Union (SCU), is the governing body for cycle sport in Scotland and is part of British Cycling, the national governing body in Britain.[1]

Scottish Cyclists' Union
Logo of Scottish Cycling.jpg
SportCycle racing
AffiliationBritish Cycling
HeadquartersSir Chris Hoy Velodrome

Emirates Arena 1000 London Road Glasgow

G40 3HY
PresidentTom Bishop
Operating income£1.7 million
Official website

Scottish Cycling is currently located in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4] 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).

As of 2015, the organisation has an annual budget of around £1.7 million, around half of which is provided by sportscotland.[2]


Board & Operational ResponsibilitiesEdit

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.[2]


Scottish Cycling is a membership organisation and has seen a steady growth in membership over the last few years as cycling continues to grow in popularity. It measures its membership numbers by those who take out a British Cycling membership & live in Scotland. Scottish Cycling campaigns on behalf of all cyclists and has a comprehensive benefits package, local clubs (172) provide additional support for members, organising many activities and promoting many of the 600 plus events.

Area Category 2010 2015 (%) Change ‘10 - ’15
Membership TOTAL 3873 9098 134
Gold 854 1013 18
Silver 2161 3795 75
Bronze 566 1039 84
Ride 292 3194 994
Age Category Senior 3113 7996 14.2
Junior 131 203 55
Youth 249 384 54
Under 12 180 505 180
Gender Male 3358 7669 116
Female 513 1428 178

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Scottish Cycling Annual Report 2011
  2. ^ a b c Dorsey, Kirsty (8 June 2015). "Interview: Craig Burn on Scottish Cycling's influence". The Scotsman. Retrieved 18 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Scottish Cycling MBLA". British Cycling. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  4. ^ The Bicycle, UK, 18 December 1946, p19

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