Cuts, bruises, a broken collarbone - and a chunk ripped out of the boards

Three cyclists have been taken to hospital after they crashed having a beginner's session at the new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.

One broke a collarbone, and repairs have had to be made to the track in the wake of the crash, even though the facility only opened last month.

A spokesman told the Daily Record: “Anyone who uses the track must be fully accredited and undergo extensive training from a fully qualified coach before they are allowed on.

“We have had 5000 members of the public use the track in the last three months and only three needed hospital treatment.

“Every session is supervised and safety is paramount.

“The cost of the repairs was only a few pounds.”

The 5000-seater facility sits in the grounds of the Emirates National Indoor Sports Arena, which can host athletics, basketball, gymnastics and badminton. It cost £113million to build.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.