Louise Haston heads back to Glasgow in bid for more glory

Louise Haston returns to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome this weekend. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
Louise Haston returns to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome this weekend. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
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Capital cyclists will be out in force this weekend when the chase for Scottish track titles takes place at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.

Among the riders in action in the three-day racing programme, which gets under way tomorrow, will be a clutch of individuals whose last appearance at that venue was in the Commonwealth Games. Others making the trip west include several youngsters with aspirations to compete at a higher level.

City of Edinburgh rider Louise Haston – a double Commonwealth Games silver medallist in Paralympic events in the summer – will compete in individual events. Her opponents will include Edinburgh Road Club’s Alison Chisholm, who was in record-breaking form at last week’s World Masters Championships in Manchester.

Haston’s club-mates and fellow Commonwealth Games riders John Paul and Bruce Croall will look to add to title tallies.

The endurance events will offer Phil Trodden and Finlay Young of Rigmar Racers an opportunity to continue the medal- winning form they displayed at last month’s British Track Championships in Manchester.

However, one rider missing is Callum Skinner, who is currently racing in Great Britain colours at the UEC European Championships in Guadeloupe.

Skinner, who was in sparkling form as he won four British titles last month, hopes to use this week’s competition to stake a claim for a place in the Great Britain team sprint squad at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

“If you want to be at the Olympics doing the sprint or the Keirin you have to be in the team sprint and I’m kind of targeting man three,” he said.