About the 2023 UCI Cycling Worlds

Glasgow and Scotland host the biggest cycling event EVER. 13 World Championships. 11 days. 1 mega event.

Riders on the BMX track

Introduction

In the first event of its kind - never seen nor cycled before - the world’s greatest riders will come together in Glasgow and across Scotland in August 2023 to compete at the highest level over 13 UCI World Championships.

There will be time trials, bunny hops, crashes, climbs, insane chases, snapped chains, blood, sweat and gears, legs out of breath, lactic acid and dangerous levels of extremely tight lycra, mud, mayhem, and the toughest miles known to two wheels.

Records will be broken, minds (and tyres) blown, medals won, national anthems belted out, and dreams will become reality.

Many will fall. Heroes will rise. Fewer still will wear the rainbow jersey.

But together we all celebrate the power of the bike.

Locations

Over 8000 elite and amateur cyclists will participate. Bringing their bikes from more than 120 countries. 13 World Championships will be contested. 11 days will determine the best from the rest.

All at ONE mega event.

  • BMX Freestyle Park (Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow) 
  • BMX Freestyle Flatland (Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow) 
  • BMX Racing (Glasgow BMX Centre, Glasgow) 
  • Gran Fondo (TBA) 
  • Indoor (Emirates Arena, Glasgow) 
  • Mountain Bike Cross Country (TBA) 
  • Mountain Bike Downhill (TBA) 
  • Mountain Bike Marathon (TBA) 
  • Para-cycling Road (Dumfries & Galloway)  
  • Para-cycling Track (Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow) 
  • Road (Road Race Start: TBA, Road Race Finish: George Square, Glasgow, Time Trial: Stirling) 
  • Track (Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow) 
  • Trials (Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow) 
Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome
Stirling Castle, Stirling
Emirates Arena
Nevis Range, Fort William
Glentress Forest
Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow
George Square, Glasgow
Drumlarig Castle, Dumfries & Galloway

History

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the world governing body of cycling,
recognised by the International Olympic Committee. It was founded on 14 April 1900 in
Paris, France. The UCI has 201 National Federations, spread across five Continental
Confederations.

Thousands of UCI events have taken place in its long history, but the 2023 UCI Cycling
World Championships in Glasgow and across Scotland is a true world first. This is the
inaugural edition, and will be followed by subsequent events every four years, in the
year preceding the Summer Olympic Games.

This event represents a true innovation for cycling, thanks to the vision of UCI President
David Lappartient, who began working towards this goal as soon as he was elected to
the head of the Federation in 2017.

Upholding the values of unity, sharing and openness, this unprecedented event enables elite cyclists and para-cyclists, amateur riders, cycling enthusiasts and fans to be part of an unforgettable celebration of the bike, and all it stands for.