13 October 2023

2023 The Herald & GenAnalytics Diversity Awards 2023 - Results

2023 UCI Cycling World Championships have been named winners of the Diversity by Design Award and the Diversity in Sport Award.

Diversity Award Presentation

The Championships were celebrated for their work driving awareness and highlighting the importance to equality, diversity and inclusion through the vehicle of a major event.  

On Thursday evening, 12 October, the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships attended the Herald & GenAnalytics Diversity Awards, taking place at the Doubletree by Hilton. The event was an evening of celebration and recognition for outstanding achievements across Scottish organisations for their trailblazing work in diversity, equity and inclusion. 


The Championships were commended on their inclusive design process for spectators and athletes at the inaugural mega-event held in Glasgow and across Scotland from 3 to 13 August 2023.  

An ambitious Equality, Diversity and Inclusion framework was developed to guide event planning to ensure this event could be for everyone.  The Championships were a once in a lifetime opportunity for Glasgow and Scotland to bring together people from all walks of life around one common goal – the power of the bike and removing all barriers for attendance. 

 There have been many successes across the Championships with the team showing huge commitment to creating an event that builds a sustainable, inclusive future for cycling in Scotland.  Key to this commitment was the development of the EDI Pledge, with the aim to deliver a world class event that embodies the spirit of community, belonging and equal respect. 

 The Championships worked with each of its event delivery partners and venues across Scotland to deliver inclusive and sustainable actions from the framework that met local community and environmental needs.  Each of these venues was able to tell their own successful EDI story and be proud of their achievements at a local, national and international level. 

 The 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships has enabled the creation of a series of templates that can be used as a model for future events which we are very proud of.  

Trudy Lindblade, CEO of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships said

“Winning these awards truly recognises the impact made by positioning equality, diversity and inclusion at the beating heart of the inaugural Championships.  I am filled with pride for everyone involved.   

These awards are truly a collective achievement, and thanks must go to all our Host Partners and stakeholders who joined us in signing the Pledge and who continue to proactively embed equality, diversity and inclusion into all aspects of their organisations now and in the future.  It really does demonstrate the power of the bike.”  

Fraser Johnston, Head of Development (Clubs and Coaching) of Scottish Cycling said: 

“The Championships quite simply allowed us to accelerate our ambition to make cycling more inclusive and accessible for all. Scottish Cycling has launched an ambitious refreshed strategy in 2023 which sets out our aspirations to continue to embed equality, diversity and inclusion across our work, it is a golden thread throughout all that we do.” 


Aneela McKenna, Mòr Diversity and EDI Advisor for the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships said:  

 "These awards recognise the ambitions of ensuring that this inaugural event was inclusive in its delivery with opportunities for local communities to take part and get involved.  We were committed to making a difference through the power of the bike and we hope the work done at the Cycling Worlds is a springboard for future best practice at major sporting events."