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It has been announced today that the inaugural 2023 cycling world championships will be coming to Scotland.

Events will take place over two weeks in August of 2023, with all road, mountain bike and track events taking place across Scotland, primarily in Glasgow and the surrounding area.

In total, 13 disciplines will be brought together in this event, with the world’s best cyclists vying for the coveted rainbow jersey.

Glasgow has been on centre stage in recent years thanks to the successful delivery of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2018 European Championships, soon to be followed by the Solheim Cup 2019 and UEFA EURO 2020. Additionally, the annual mountain bike party that takes place in Fort William for the downhill world cup has made Scotland a hot destination for off-road cycling events.

This year, Yorkshire is set to host the UCI road world championships, making the UK an increasingly attractive destination for top-level cycling events.

The 2023 world championships will see cross-country mountain biking return to Cathkin Braes after a successful Glasgow Commonwealth Games event. Downhill racing will take place at Fort William, while the track events will take place at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow. Infrastructure has also been heavily invested in to create the BMX Centre in Knightswood.

Speaking at the annoucement UCI President David Lappartient, said: I am delighted that the UCI has today awarded the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships to Glasgow and Scotland. The creation and the implementation of this event was one of the commitments I had made during my campaign for UCI presidency and I am proud to have fulfilled it.

“I wish to thank EventScotland, Glasgow Life, UK Sport and British Cycling for their enthusiastic involvement in the very first edition of this historic event, which will uniquely showcase our sport and its different disciplines on an international stage. Glasgow and Scotland has a great deal of experience in the organisation of major sporting events, notably multi-sports, such as the first edition of the European Sports Championships that it organised in 2018.

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Isla Short at Gold Coast 2018.

Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said:“As the first ever host of this event, Scotland will cement its position as a leader and innovator in the planning and delivery of major sporting events. It builds upon the successes of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2014 Ryder Cup and last year’s European Championships.

“Our overall aim is for Scotland to become one of Europe’s top cycling nations with cycling firmly embedded across Scotland as the favoured way to travel to school and work, as an enjoyable leisure activity and an efficient way to improve health.”

“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.”

Posted by Ross Brannigan

“It is worth ascending unexiting heights if for nothing else than to see the big ones from nearer their own level.” - Nan Shepherd

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