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Glasgow to host first multi-discipline UCI Worlds in 2023

Joe Robinson
8 Feb 2019

Scottish city awarded first unified World Championships for road, track and mountain bike disciplines

The Scottish city of Glasgow has been awarded the 2023 UCI World Championships, the inaugural edition that will bring together the road, track and mountain bike races under one event.

The first ever UCI Cycling World Championships will take place over two weeks in August 2023 bringing together 13 World Championships events from across the varying disciplines. 

The choice of Glasgow comes as no surprise given its history hosting various cycling events in the past.

On top of hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and European Championships in 2018, Scotland's biggest city has also hosted major road cycling events around its city's streets and track and BMX events at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and BMX centre.

Additionally, Fort William is a staple of the downhill mountain bike World Cup scene, and hosted the MTB World Championships in 2007.

The 13 disciplines that will contest for the rainbow jersey during the event are as follows:

  • UCI Road World Championships
  • UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships
  • UCI Track Cycling World Championships presented by Tissot
  • UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships
  • UCI Mountain Bike Cross-country World Championships 
  • UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Championships 
  • UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships
  • UCI Mountain Bike Cross Country Eliminator World Championships
  • UCI Trials World Championships
  • UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Championships
  • UCI BMX World Championships
  • UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships
  • UCI Gran Fondo World Championships

This unified event sees the fulfilment of a pre-election promise from current UCI president David Lappartient.

'I am delighted that the UCI has today awarded the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships to Glasgow and Scotland.

'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,' said Lappartient. 

'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.'

Fiona Hyslop, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, also commented on the decision and how it should 'cement' Glasgow's place as a leader in European sport.

'As the first ever host of this event, Scotland will cement its position as a leader and innovator in the planning and delivery of major sporting events.

'It builds upon the successes of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2014 Ryder Cup and last year’s European Championships,' said Hyslop.

'Our overall aim is for Scotland to become one of Europe’s top cycling nations with cycling firmly embedded across Scotland as the favoured way to travel to school and work, as an enjoyable leisure activity and an efficient way to improve health.'

For now the various Worlds disciplines will only be combined in a single event every four years, with the three intermittent years reverting back to the current structure.

One notable exception from the list is cyclocross, since the cross season runs over the winter.

The 2019 UCI Road World Championships will also take place in the UK, with Harrogate in Yorkshire hosting the event this September.