FANS are being encouraged to bring Saltires to the upcoming World Cycling Championship events in Scotland to mimic the scenes witnessed in the Basque Country during the recent Tour de France.

This year’s UCI World Cycling Championships is due to kick off in Glasgow on August 3.

Cyclists will compete in 13 events across 11 days in numerous venues across Scotland, including the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glentress Forest and the BMX Centre in Glasgow.

Events include road cycling, BMX racing and even cycle-ball.

Many of the stars of this year’s Tour de France are set to take part in the Elite Men’s and Women’s Road Race and Time Trial events.

However, cycling fan Eric Anderson wants Scots to turn out with Saltire flags in a bid to show the country’s appreciation and love of the sport.

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During this year’s Tour de France competitors spent three days racing through the Basque Country – an autonomous community in Northern Spain.

Basques turned out in their thousands to line the route of the race, many of them waving the distinctive red, green and white Ikurrina flag.

“It struck me while watching it just how proud people were to be Basque,” said Anderson.

“And it made me think that we’ve got this huge event coming to Scotland and we really shouldn’t miss the opportunity show that same kind of passion.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to highlight the beauty and friendship of our country on an international stage.

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“When the men’s road race departs from Edinburgh on August 6, it’s a pity that the aerial footage will show the Union Flag flying on many of the capital’s most prominent buildings.

“But in the tradition of cycling road racing, it’s the fans along the way who capture the imagination.

“So, bring your Saltires along as you stand by the road, wave them passionately as you encourage the competitors, but most of all respect the riders, give them space and make these world championships the most memorable yet!”

Tickets for many of the events can be purchased on the UCI Cycling World Championships website.