18 Feb 2019
Glasgow is set to continue its sporting legacy by hosting the new combined UCI Cycling World Championships, running over two and a half weeks in August 2023.
The competition will span 13 cycling disciplines including track, road, mountain biking and BMX and Para-cycling.
The championships have been planned by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the sport’s governing body, to take place every four years, always occurring in a pre-Olympic year.
Previously home to the European Championships, the World Gymnastic Championships, track cycling’s World Cup, the World Badminton Championships and the Commonwealth Games, the city has a strong history of hosting multi-disciplinary sporting events.
Glasgow city councillor David McDonald commented: “Our city is one of the top five sporting cities in the world, and events like the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships will help us continue to climb these rankings and realise our big aspirations.
“This event will be the biggest event staged in the city, and indeed the country, in the coming years – and we cannot wait to welcome athletes, officials and spectators from around the world to Glasgow.”
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.
“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.”