Glasgow to host inaugural edition of multi-discipline cycling event

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has announced today (Friday) that the Scottish city of Glasgow will host the inaugural edition of the UCI Cycling World Championships in 2023.

The competition will take place over two weeks in August 2023 and will bring together 13 UCI World Championships for different cycling disciplines.

The UCI first revealed plans for such an event last June as part of its ‘Agenda 2022’ initiative. At the time, the UCI stated that preliminary studies suggest the event would attract no fewer than 120 participating countries, 2,600 elite athletes, 6,000 amateurs and 10,000 accredited individuals, including 700 journalists.

Today’s announcement follows months of collaboration between the UCI, EventScotland, Glasgow Life, UK Sport and British Cycling.

The UCI Cycling World Championships will be held every four years, in each pre-Olympic year. The UCI noted that the 2023 event would not require new venues to be built in Glasgow, with the city already boasting the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and the Glasgow BMX Centre.

Glasgow and Scotland have experience in hosting international cycling events, having staged annual rounds of the Mountain Bike World Cup and the 2007 Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships in Fort William, as well as the Track Cycling World Cup and cycling events during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

UCI president David Lappartient said: “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.”

He added: “Glasgow and Scotland have 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. 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 award of an event such as this represents a wonderful opportunity to encourage cycling as a form of daily mobility, ensuring a sustainable future for both urban and rural areas and their populations. Glasgow and Scotland share this vision and will leverage these Championships to encourage this on their territory.”

The UCI currently stages annual World Championships in each of its disciplines in different host cities around the world.

The 13 events that will be brought together under the new competition are the Road World Championships, Para-cycling Road World Championships, Track Cycling World Championships, Para-cycling Track World Championships, Mountain Bike Cross-country World Championships, Mountain Bike Downhill World Championships, Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships, Mountain Bike Cross Country Eliminator World Championships, Trials World Championships, BMX Freestyle Park World Championships, BMX World Championships, Indoor Cycling World Championships and Gran Fondo World Championships.

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