Marco Librizzi

Date: 09/06/2014

As part of the Men's Team Sprint event, cyclist Marco Librizzi brought home bronze for Team Scotland at the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002. He also went to the Games in Melbourne 2006 and was a key member of the coaching team at Delhi 2010.

For racing cyclist, Marco Librizzi competing in the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester was a career highlight which absolutely "blew his mind".

And given that the Edinburgh athlete had officially retired from the sport eight years earlier, his whirlwind journey back into professional cycling is certainly something he'll never forget.

He said: "The Commonwealth Games in Manchester is definitely the competition I'll always remember most - the atmosphere, the support, being close to home,  just everything was incredible.

"You can't bottle something like that so to win a bronze medal there was like nothing I've ever experienced before. I can't put into words what it was like, it was pretty emotional."

Having being swept up in the BMX craze of the 80s as a kid, Marco grew up hooked on biking and soon moved on to road cycling having been inspired by watching the Tour de France on TV.

Working in an Edinburgh bike shop in his late teens, he was encouraged to join the local cycling club by the shop owner and quickly progressed, joining a specialist track club at 20 years old.

With his ability going from strength to strength, Marco competed in various world-class events and won numerous renowned titles throughout his career, including the British Championships, before his initial retirement in 1994.

He continued: "I thrived on competition but it felt right to stop in 1994, particularly as at that time there wasn't the funding or support there is now so it was a tough career in many respects.

"However, five years later Chris Hoy and Craig Maclean approached me to join the sprint team for the Manchester Games. While I wasn't sure at first, I was soon persuaded and in 2001, I started a fast-track programme to ensure I was ready for the following year. Winning bronze there definitely reignited my passion for cycling and I was very pleased I made the decision to go back."

Marco is now looking forward to Glasgow 2014 and what it will mean for the country as a whole.

He said: "Glasgow is already shaping up nicely, especially where cycling as a sport is concerned. The velodrome alone will change the landscape for track cycling up here and to have that investment is going to create a fantastic legacy for the sport.

"On a broader scale, to be able to showcase these facilities and Scotland with the world watching will highlight our country at its very best. I have no doubt that the crowds will be out in force and will bring the whole place to life throughout the Games. I hope people use the buzz as a means for action and feel encouraged to get involved and grasp the many opportunities being created."