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Article published 26/07/2023

All roads lead to Glasgow and Scotland

The 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships will bring together 13 existing UCI World Championships into a new mega event in Glasgow and across Scotland from 3 to 13 August. It will see more than 8,000 cyclists and para-cyclists from over 120 countries taking part.

The Championships will be more than just an event – it will be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the power of the bike and promote Scotland globally with over a million spectators expected to travel here to watch the Championships.

There’s a variety of world-class action on show over the 11-day event. With everything from Track Sprints and Mountain Bike Downhill races to BMX Freestyle and Indoor Cycling Acrobatics. Here are some of the events happening across Scotland to let your visitors know about.

All you need to know

Want to know more? As Glasgow and Scotland get ready to host the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, now is the perfect time to start planning so that you’re ready too. 

Visit the UCI Cycling World Championship website to read everything you need to know. From what the event is, to when and where it will be held, travel news, venue details and more. 

This online hub provides the most up-to-date information and the tools you need to plan, prepare and enjoy the Cycling Worlds. 

Get ready for the championships

Events across Scotland

  • 3 – 5 August: Mountain Bike Downhill, Fort William

    It’s all downhill in Fort William where riders take on jumps, bumps, berms and rock gardens against the clock at white-knuckle speeds of up to 80km/h. The most fearless will bomb their runs. Others will bail. Only the fastest will win the Rainbow Jersey.

  • 3 – 8 August: Para-Cycling Track, Glasgow

    Old records will fall and new heroes will rise at the The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Only the strongest survive the trials of track racing, where six events will test the power, poise, strategy and stamina of the planet’s best para-cyclists.

  • 3 – 9 August, Track, Glasgow

    The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome will be a cauldron of noise, tension and kinetic energy as riders (cyclists and para-cyclists ) reach warp speeds as they race for a place in the record books. Eleven events will be contested, each of them a unique challenge of power, poise, strategy and stamina.

  • 4 and 7 August: Gran Fondo, Perthshire, Dundee and Angus

    Gran Fondo (which translates as “Big Race”) is a long-distance, mass participation event that celebrates competitive cycling. This event alone is expected to attract thousands of participants from more than 50 nations. In both Time Trials and mass start Road Races, riders of varying ages and abilities take on a beautiful but challenging course.

  • 5 – 6, 8 – 13 August: Road cycling, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and Loch Lomond

    The Road Races pits riders against each other in an all-out battle for supremacy of Scotland’s roads. Throughout these events, the world’s best cyclists will savour some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery, with racing taking place across the country. These races will be a real highlight of our sporting calendar with stars from across the world competing.

  • 6 August: Mountain Bike Cross-Country Marathon, 8 – 12 August: Mountain Bike Cross-Country, Tweed Valley

    The Mountain Bike Marathon is unique for many reasons, but the mass start - where elite riders go first, then anyone brave enough to follow - makes it special. Elite or amateur, the distance brings a mountain of challenges… literally.

    Cross-Country races sees a massive crowd of riders pour off the start line, with rough terrain, steep slopes and mud-based mayhem the order of the day as they jostle for position, biding their time to attack in sprint finishes that separate the wannabes from the medal winners.

  • 8 – 10 August: BMX Freestyle Flatland, 5 – 7 August: BMX Freestyle Park, 6 – 9, 12 – 13 August: BMX Racing, Glasgow

    Glasgow is where the BMX-ing is at. Visitors can watch breakdancing on bikes with riders performing dizzying routines of skill and creativity. There’s also BMX runs on a skatepark-like course. And if that’s not enough, there’s the toughness and top speeds as BMX riders clash in sprint races.

  • 9 – 12 August: Trials, Glasgow

    Riders hop, hook and wheel jump their way up, down and over purpose-built obstacles designed to test the extremes of bicycle-based agility and technical skill. Bike handling is everything as they compete for “clean” rounds where they conquer rocks, blocks and more without ever putting a foot on the floor.

  • 9 – 13 August: Para-Cycling Road, Dumfries & Galloway and Glasgow

    This is where the rubber meets the road for the world’s fastest and most fearless para-cyclists. Every mile matters in ruthless contests of speed, stamina and guts. Smart racing will win the day as riders battle for every tactical advantage that will take them to gold medal glory. 

  • 11 - 13 August: Indoor Cycling, Glasgow

    Prepare to be seriously wowed by Artistic Cycling where riders perform handstands on handlebars and ride their saddles like surfboards in spectacular feats of bravery, balletic balance and physical strength. The beautiful game on bikes, Cycle-Ball will be more familiar, but no less thrilling. Riders must use their wheels to control, pass and strike the ball - no feet allowed.

How to get tickets

Tickets for the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships are available to buy now.  Either bag yourself some or let your visitors know where they can get their hands on them to enhance their visit this August.

Tickets are on sale from as little as £8, with concessions priced at £5 (over 60 and under 16), plus there are many free events to watch throughout the Championships.

Go to the UCI Cycling World Championships website for tickets

The biggest cycling event ever: 3 - 13 August 2023


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Glentress Forest in the Tweed Valley will welcome the world’s best MTB riders to tackle the MTB Marathon (free) and MTB Cross-Country (ticketed) events - and everyone is invited!

In order to make the events (taking place between 6 – 12 August) a huge success, we’re calling on local businesses to get behind our ongoing campaign so that we have as many people as possible visiting the local area, making the most of this short window of opportunity.

Resources are available for you to use online and in person to help create as much noise around the inaugural UCI Cycling World Championships. There’s social media copy and images, posters and links for sharing.

Check out the toolkit on Google docs

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Make the most of the cycling market

Scotland is made for cycling with interest in the activity booming and that is set to grow as Glasgow and venues across Scotland gear up to host the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships.

Our industry guide will give you advice on how to engage with this rapidly growing market. Get advice on the scale of this opportunity, how best to reach new cycling visitors and useful resources to get you started.

Cycling industry guide

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