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Article published 22/03/2022

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Organisers of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships marked 500 days to go to the inaugural event by announcing that famed-Scottish cyclist Sir Chris Hoy will serve as an official ambassador.

The 11-time UCI World Champion and six-time Olympic gold medallist will support the 11-day event, which will combine the 13 existing UCI World Championships into a first-of-its-kind mega-event, taking place in Glasgow and across Scotland from 3-13 August 2023.

Chris Hoy celebrated the milestone by visiting the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow, which is one of five Glasgow host venues of the 2023 UCI Cycling Worlds, to launch Champions of the Worlds, a new initiative inviting enthusiasts from cycling clubs and communities across Scotland to become local representatives for the 2023 UCI Cycling Worlds.

Chris Hoy inside the Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow

It is an honour to become an ambassador for the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships and I’m proud that such an historic event will be held for the very first time in Glasgow and across my home country of Scotland.

Not only will it be the biggest cycling event ever seen, it is a unique opportunity to unite the global cycling family and to showcase the incredible breadth of our sport.

Sir Chris Hoy

About the event

Creating the biggest cycling event ever held, the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships will welcome more than 8,000 amateur and elite cyclists from over 120 countries with more than 190 UCI World Champions crowned.

The 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships will feature 13 UCI World Championships including BMX Freestyle Flatland; BMX Freestyle Park; BMX Racing; Gran Fondo; Indoor Cycling; Mountain Bike Cross-country; Mountain Bike Downhill; Mountain Bike Marathon; Para-cycling Road; Para-cycling Track; Road; Track; Trials.

Glasgow will provide five venues for the 2023 UCI Cycling Worlds, with Dumfries & Galloway (para-cycling road) and Stirling (time trial) also hosting events across Scotland. Additional venues and locations will be confirmed in the coming months to ensure a pan-Scotland delivery and to capture the imagination of the entire country.

More than one million spectators are expected to attend the Championships throughout Scotland, with a global TV audience of around one billion making it one of the Top 10 watched sporting events on the planet.

The 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships are being delivered in collaboration between the UCI, Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council, UK Sport, British Cycling, Glasgow Life and VisitScotland. The partnership aims to create a blueprint for future editions by ensuring the inaugural event is authentic, innovative and distinctive.

Visit the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships website for more information on the event

Join the #PowerOfTheBike conversation

For more information on the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships follow them on Facebook @cyclingworldchamps  and on Twitter @CyclingWorlds.

And use the hashtags #PowerOfTheBike and #GlasgowScotland2023 on your social media.

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