CYCLISTS will hope to benefit from a new £8 million cash injection into biking facilities in Scotland.

Sport Scotland announced the new fund which will see more money going to councils and cycling clubs for investment in facilities, such as training and sporting event facilities.

The fund is made up of £4m from Sport Scotland’s National Lottery.

Standalone projects can bid for up to £100,000 from the pot, while cycling clubs and community hubs can net up to £500,000.

Craig Burn chief executive of Scottish Cycling said: “Today’s announcement is hugely significant and reinforces our shared ambition and commitment to ensure the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships make a lasting impact and will benefit local communities and clubs across Scotland. Dedicated cycling facilities provide safe, traffic-free environments for any cyclist of any ability to participate, train, compete and - most importantly - have fun whilst riding a bike.

“The fund will provide a catalyst to inspire the nation to participate in cycling and give children and adults the opportunity to improve their skills, confidence and ultimately bring about behavioural change and wider health benefits. By investing in community facilities up and down the country, we will use the power of cycling to help more people enjoy its benefits and get active.”