Scotland to host first-ever multi-discipline UCI Worlds in 2023

Road, track, mountain bike and gran fondo races brought together for the first time

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Scotland will host the first-ever combined UCI World Championships in August 2023, bringing together all cycling disciplines (road, track, MTB and BMX) into a single event over a two-week period. While Glasgow will host the track and BMX events at its existing venues, other championships will be spread across Scotland at to-be-announced venues.

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From 2023 the championships will be held every four years in each pre-Olympic year. It will bring together 13 different championships, including the Road, Para-cycling road, track, MTB cross-country, marathon and downhill, trials, BMX and gran fondo.

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. I wish to thank Event Scotland, Glasgow Life, UK Sport and British Cycling for their enthusiastic involvement in the very first edition of this historic event, which will uniquely showcase our sport and its different disciplines on an international stage.

“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.”

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