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Cyclist Jenny Davis marks Glasgow 2014 celebrations

Jenny Davis at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome
Image caption Jenny Davis won a silver medal in the team sprint at Delhi 2010

The first bicycle has been taken into Glasgow's indoor new velodrome to mark three years to go until the next Commonwealth Games.

Scottish track cyclist Jenny Davis took a racing bike to the 250m (820ft) track at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

The venue, which is due to be completed next year, will host the track cycling at the Glasgow 2014 games.

The opening ceremony for the Games will take place on Wednesday, 23 July 2014, beginning the 11-day event.

Ms Davis, who won a silver medal in the team sprint at Delhi 2010, said: "Scottish cyclists have waited a very long time for an indoor velodrome and to see this fabulous facility taking shape is absolutely fantastic.

"For me, Glasgow 2014 will probably be the biggest event of my career and the sooner we can get in here and use the track the more we will be able to realise our potential and take advantage of a home Games."

The "Three Years to Go" celebrations will include sporting challenges at the Merchant City Festival in Glasgow this weekend.

'Feel the excitement'

Glasgow 2014 chairman Lord Smith of Kelvin said: "Glasgow 2014 is no longer a distant prospect.

"The venues and infrastructures are rising from the ground in Glasgow and across Scotland people are getting involved and starting to feel the excitement that the Games will bring in three year's time."

Lord Smith and Sports Minister Shona Robison maintain that Glasgow is on-track and on-budget to deliver a world-class Commonwealth Games for Scotland.

The announcement follows the resignation of the Games' former chief executive John Scott last month.

Glasgow City Council is conducting an inquiry into the governance of the 2014 project, which has a budget of more than £500m.

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