Meadowbank Grand Prix bites the dust

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Organisers have been forced to cancel the Meadowbank Cycling Grand Prix, an event which has been held annually since the London Road Velodrome was built ahead of the 1970 Commonwealth Games. The meeting was scheduled to take place on June 8-9.

The track is now managed by a group that also has responsibility for organising the weekly track league and the grand prix. Members of the group sought the assistance of the governing bodies, British Cycling and Scottish Cycling, to resolve a dispute relating to the transfer of funds from the association that was previously responsible for racing at Meadowbank, as well as other events in the East of Scotland.

However, with no resolution forthcoming and a consequent shortfall in funding, the meeting, which has in recent years featured riders from around the world as well as British Olympic stars like Sir Chris Hoy, Craig MacLean, Ross Edgar, Jamie Staff and Jason Kenny, has been called off.

A statement from the organisers said: “It is regrettable that in the circumstances it was not possible to obtain the necessary co-operation of the governing bodies to ensure the promotion of this year’s event.”