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Article published 08/02/2023

In just over a week’s time Scottish Olympic Champion and Zwift Ambassador, Sir Chris Hoy, will join a live studio audience at the 2023 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships ‘In Real Life’ final in Glasgow on Saturday 18 February.

Up to 10 riders (five men and five women) including the Great Britain Cycling Team’s Lucy Harris, Lizi Brooke, Charlotte Colclough, Natalie Stevenson, Andy Nichols, Jimmy Kershaw and Joseph Rees will vie for the coveted rainbow jersey.

They take part in the IRL final as part of 2023 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships, bridging the gap between the real-world physical efforts of the riders and the virtual race on Zwift – the global online training and racing platform for cyclists.

Eleven-time UCI World Champion and six-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy will take part in a question and answer session with the studio audience as well as providing expert insight into the racing action on Zwift throughout the night.

Tickets are on sale now for the chance to be part of an exclusive live studio audience, which will kick off at 4.30pm (doors open) at The Engine Works, a former steel works from the 1800s located on the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal in Glasgow.

In addition to the cycling action, the audience will also be able to enjoy entertainment by a DJ from Funkwagen, merchandise giveaways from the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships and the official IRL Final drinks partner Electric Spirit Co, and street style food from Inside Out Catering whose offering includes BBQ and middle eastern food made from Scottish produce.

Visit the EventBrite website to buy tickets.

Glasgow graffiti writer, Taio, will also be there on the night, creating a piece that encapsulates the spirit of the event along with aspects of the newly created 'Scotland World'. This piece will feature at 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships venues in Glasgow in August.  

I’m looking forward to joining the live studio audience in Glasgow on Saturday 18 February for the 2023 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships ‘In Real Life’ Final.

It is going to be so exciting to watch the athletes compete in person as they take on the virtual peloton, bridging the gap between real-world effort and the virtual race.

I’m especially excited to see the riders take on the new Scotland map that has been specially created for this UCI Cycling Esports World Championships. I look forward to seeing everyone there.

Sir Chris Hoy

2023 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships

The 2023 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships will take place on the all-new Scotland map, the first time a virtual destination has been created specifically for a cycling esports competition. It will consist of three short and explosive events: The Punch, The Climb and The Podium, which will be contested on three separate routes.

This innovation will make the annual flagship event of cycling esports even more exciting and spectacular, with the new format the same for both men and women. The two pelotons will each consist of a maximum of 100 riders who will have earned the right to start through a qualification system.

The 2023 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships IRL Final is being delivered by our EventScotland team, Glasgow Life, 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in partnership with the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and Zwift.

It will provide the perfect kick-off for Glasgow and Scotland, as the new Scotland map takes inspiration from the Scottish landscape and the city of Glasgow, which alongside other venues across Scotland will play host to the inaugural UCI Cycling World Championships in August this year.

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