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Article published 14/04/2022

Whether it's mountains, roads or gravel, Scotland is the perfect stage for cycling and this year we have a range of exciting events taking place across the country, kicking off next week with the UCI Track Nations Cup.

Supported through our EventScotland International and National Event Programmes, they will provide the ideal warm up to next year’s inaugural UCI Cycling World Championships, the biggest cycling event in the world. 

Scotland is the perfect stage for cycling with great stretches of open roads, challenging climbs and exciting off-road trails for cyclists of all abilities to come and enjoy.

As we build towards the next year’s UCI Cycling World Championships, we’re delighted to be supporting these cycling events to showcase exactly what Scotland has to offer while also supporting wider recovery of tourism and events across the country.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events

2022 Tissot UCI Track Nations Cup

21 to 24 April (Glasgow)

Track cycling returns to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome when its hosts the opening round of the Tissot UCI Track Nations Cup.

It will be the first elite-level international track cycling event to be held at the velodrome since December 2019 and will bring together the best riders, including Scotland’s own Olympic Champions Katie Archibald, Neah Evans and Jack Carlin. With seven pulse-raising sessions to choose from, there is something for everyone.

Visit the Tissot UCI Track Nations Cup 2022 website to find out more and to buy tickets for the event.

Muck n Mac Fest

29 April to 1 May (Tweed Valley)

This unique gravel riding festival weekend - all staged at Traquair House in the heart of the Tweed Valley - features two fantastic days of gravel riding across some of the most epic gravel trails and roads Scotland has to offer. 

Both days' riding start and finish at the Festival Village at Traquair House and each feature multiple Enduro-style timed stages. Once you've completed the ride, you'll be treated to an array of live music, talks and various family friendly activities from Friday through to Sunday. 

Visit the Muck n Mack Fest website for more information on the event.

Tour Series

4 May (Galashiels) and 12 May (Stranraer)

Now in its 13th year, this fun, free and family-friendly cycling event visits Scotland for two of the six rounds of this unique professional men’s and women’s team-based cycling race.

Galashiels is first as they host round two on 4 May. This new-for-2022 round will take place on a technical circuit, which starts and finishes adjacent to the idyllic Bank Street Garden on Livingstone Place.

In another new round for 2022, Stranraer will host round 4 on 12 May, starting and finishing adjacent to its harbour and marina. Riders will also pass by the Castle of St. John, which dates back to the 16th century, and the Stranraer Museum during the 1km (0.6mi) lap that twists its way through the town.

Visit the Tour Series website for more information on the event.

2022 UK National BMX Series

21 - 22 May (Cumbernauld)

The best BMX riders in Britain will head to Broadwood Stadium for round 5 and 6 of the UK National BMX Series. With male and female age groups starting from under 7 years old and going up to 50+ years, this free-to-attend event is sure to be action packed.

Visit the British Cycling website for more information on the 2022 UK National BMX Series.

Mercedes Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

21 to 22 May (Fort William)

Returning to the slopes of Anoach Mor for the first time since 2019, crowds are set for two days of exciting action on the second leg of the 2022 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup series.

Having been held in Fort William, the mecca of mountain biking in the UK, annually since 2002, this multi-award winning event is the second longest serving round on the World Cup calendar and is a firm favourite with fans and riders.

Due to incredible demand, Saturday and Sunday tickets with Gondola access are now sold out. Single tickets without Gondola access are still available but selling fast so don’t miss out.

Visit the Mountain Bike World Cup website for more information on the 2022 event.

Mountain Bike World Cup artwork showing rider jumping over "Back in the Fort" logo

UCI BMX Racing World Cup

28 to 29 May (Glasgow)

The UCI BMX Racing World Cup is one of the newest and most exciting international cycling events out there and this May its coming to Scotland.

The Glasgow BMX Centre will play host to rounds one and two of this adrenaline packed event, with GB Olympic heroes Beth Shriever and Kye Whyte taking to the track as they embark on their path to Paris 2024.

This will be the first international BMX event to take place in the city since the 2018 European Championships, where Kyle Evans and Kye Whyte secured a famous British one-two in front of a raucous home crowd.

Visit the Ticketmaster for more information and to buy tickets for the UCI BMX Racing World Cup website.

Enduro World Series

2 to 5 June (Innerleithen, Tweed Valley)

The EWS Tweed Valley will see international professionals compete on Scotland’s best loved mountain bike trails alongside a huge amateur race scene and one of the UK’s biggest bike festivals.

Enduro World Series (EWS) and EWS-E (the e-bike equivalent) is the highest level of Enduro racing on the planet and one of the hardest to win titles in the sport of mountain biking. It represents the ultimate combination of racing and adventure.

The festival will include top cycling and adventure brands from around the world, kids racing and entertainment, local food and drinks, a global film premier, bike ride outs, yoga, the Tweed Valley Makers Market, live music and much more. Festival entry and spectating is free (on-site parking charges apply).

Visit the Tweed Valley Enduro World Series website for more information on the event.

British National Road Championships

23 to 26 June (Dumfries and Galloway)

Combining the time-trial, circuit and road race championships, the 2022 British National Road Championships promises to be three days of scintillating racing as it heads to Dumfries and Galloway for the first time.

The region, which has a proud track record of hosting major cycling events including the Tour Series and Tour of Britain, will see the nation’s top riders do battle for the coveted red, white and blue national champions’ jerseys.

The championships will begin with the time-trials, starting and finishing on the picturesque Crichton Estate in Dumfries, with riders taking in Caerlaverock Castle and Nature Reserve on Thursday 23 June.

The circuit races will then take place on Friday 24 June on a fast but technical 1km circuit around the historic port town of Kirkcudbright. Lincoln-based Jo Tindley took a famous home victory in the 2021 championships, while Hayter added to his time-trial title in a thrilling battle under the lights. Finally, the road races will start and finish in Castle Douglas on Sunday 26 June.

Visit the British Cycling website for more information on the British National Road Championships.

Ride the North

27 August (Elgin)

Ride the North is back with a strong Speyside flavour for 2022 with two routes – 100 miles and 57 miles – will start and finish from the event hub in Elgin.

This will be the 10th Ride the North and it is set to be the biggest, celebrating all that is good about cycling in the beautiful North East of Scotland. The non-timed, non-competitive event offers a great atmosphere for cyclists of all abilities, including those who may have discovered cycling over the last two years.  

Visit the Ride the North website for more information on the event.

Cyclist celebrates win with outstretched arms

Tour of Britain

4 to 11 September (Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and the Scottish Borders)

Scotland will host the two opening stages of this year race, with Aberdeen becoming the third Scottish city to host the start when the Tour of Britain’s most northerly Grand Départ to date takes place there on Sunday 4 September.

Not only will this stage feature an entirely new route compared to last year’s finale in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, it will also include the first-ever opening day summit finish in modern race history. The Old Military Road climb from Auchallater to Glenshee measures 9.1 kilometres long, with the final five kilometres averaging a gradient of 4.8%.

The Scottish Borders will host a full stage for the second time in three editions on day two of this year’s race. Hawick, famous for its knitwear and the first whisky distillery to open in the region since 1837, will be the starting point of stage two.

The race’s eighth visit to the Borders will feature a mix of roads old and new to the event, before a first-ever finish in Duns. The stage winner will be crowned in the shadow of the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum, which celebrates the two-time Formula 1 world champion who lived nearby.

Visit the Tour of Britain website for more information on the event.

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