"To have this facility here now in Scotland, it guarantees the future of track cycling for the country because until this point we've only had Meadowbank and Caird Park and they are both outdoor tracks, so as soon as it rains you can't use them.
"But having this velodrome means that we now have a chance to really develop the sport, to host major championships, to train future champions and to let school kids and club level cyclists come down, try it out and enjoy it.
"It's not just about producing champions, it's about getting more people interested and involved in the sport and enjoying it, and that's what can happen here."
The Scottish Track Championships started on Friday and are being held over three days with 14 titles to be won.
Craig Burn, chief executive of Scottish Cycling, said: "It's fantastic that the Scottish Track Championships will be the first competitive event in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Scottish Cycling is committed to developing the sport at every level and we are delighted that we are able to incorporate the Thunderdrome into the weekend and support the Braveheart Fund."