A new mural has been unveiled in Glasgow city centre ahead of the UCI Cycling Championships.

The brand new vibrant and colourful 250m design sits on the east end of George Street. 

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Artists from Glasgow's SWG3 Yardwork Project were commissioned to redesign the side of the car park on George Street and transform it into "bold, gallus, friendly and vibrant" artwork for the cyclists to pass during the road championships.

Laura Frood, Yardworks GRID Programme Manager, said: “We were delighted to work on such an interesting brief and site in the city centre.

"Yardworks' ethos is to develop the skills of our homegrown talent and to have been able to support some of Glasgow’s emerging artists to deliver this mural for such a high-profile event is a proud moment.”

Glasgow Times: George Street mural in the east end of the city George Street mural in the east end of the city (Image: Colin Mearns)

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The mural is inspired by retro cycling jerseys, 90s kids’ bikes and the legendary ‘Old Faithful’ bike owned by Scotland’s own racing champion, Graeme Obree.

The design also wraps around the building from George Street onto Montrose Street, the most challenging part of the circuit, with the steep incline testing participants' endurance and stamina.

This section incorporates design elements that honour Scottish mountain bike rider, Rab Wardell, who tragically died last year just days after competing at, and winning, the Scottish MTB XC Championships.

Glasgow Times: Rab Wardell tribute on the George Street muralRab Wardell tribute on the George Street mural (Image: Colin Mearns)

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Through collaboration with Rab’s family, his name is used on this section of mural with an image of a mountain bike, as a nod to a famous wheelie he once did on Montrose Street.

Councillor Ruairi Kelly, Convener for Neighbourhood Services and Assets at Glasgow City Council, said: “The new mural on George Street - inspired by the forthcoming 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships - is a fantastic addition to Glasgow’s City Centre Mural Trail. 

“Like the other murals on the trail, the new piece brings new life to this site, with a striking design and bright colours that will look great to spectators watching the championships over the next couple of weeks, and for everyone passing this part of the city centre in the years to come.”