Scotland To Host Inagugural Revamped Cycling World Championships

2023 UCI competition to combine 13 existing cycling worlds into one mega event.

Taking over as the sport’s biggest global event, the new property plans to bring together 13 existing World Championships cycling disciplines to create one mega event for the first time.

The World Championships were given the green light by cycling’s global governing body last year with the intention of holding the event every four years, one year prior to the Olympics.

The first edition of the World Championships will be staged predominantly at venues in the city of Glasgow and further across Scotland for two weeks in August 2023. It is expected that the event will be held using existing infrastructure, with city centers to play host to competitions in disciplines such as time trials.

The World Championships will feature road, cross-country, marathon, and downhill mountain bike events, as well as track cycling and BMX disciplines. Para-cycling road and track events, Gran Fondo and indoor cycling will also take place.

“Glasgow and Scotland have a great deal of experience in the organization of major sporting events, notably multi-sports, such as the first edition of the European Sports Championships that it organized in 2018,” said UCI president David Lappartient. “I am convinced that the UCI Cycling World Championships will be a great success, and I look forward enormously to preparing them with our Scottish partners.”

The Cycling World Championships is the latest major event to be awarded to Scotland, which last year co-hosted the inaugural multi-sport European Championships with Berlin, while Glasgow hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

“Securing a competition of this global magnitude reinforces Scotland’s position as the perfect stage for events and one of the world’s leading sporting destinations,” added Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s director of events.

“The competition will once again provide another significant opportunity for both visitors and locals to celebrate some of the world’s elite cycling talent across a range of events. We look forward to working closely with UCI and wider partners to deliver this landmark event for Scotland.”

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