08 March 2022

Stirling to host 2023 UCI Cycling Worlds Time Trial

Stirling will provide the stage for some of the world’s best cyclists after being announced as the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships time trial venue.

A view near the entrance to Stirling Castle.

Stirling to welcome world's quickest

Stirling will provide the stage for some of the world’s best cyclists after being announced as the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships time trial venue as part of the biggest cycling event ever held.

The historic city and surrounding area is the 7th location to be announced as a host of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, taking place in Glasgow and across Scotland from 3-13 August 2023.

The 11-day inaugural event will create cycling history by combining 13 existing UCI World Championships into one mega-event for the first time, creating one of the world’s top 10 sporting events.

Also raced at the Olympic Games, the Elite Individual Time Trial will be among the highlights of the UCI Cycling World Championships with riders setting off at one-minute intervals against the clock around a set course.

Stirling’s iconic landscape will provide a fitting backdrop, with the city also having held the opening time trial as part of the inaugural Pru Tour in 1998, won by cycling legend Chris Boardman.

To celebrate the return of world-class cycling to Stirling, Boardman revisited the scene of his triumph 24 years on alongside current Team GB time trial athlete Anna Shackley.

Boardman, who won an Olympic gold medal in 1992 and is now a policy adviser at British Cycling as well The Commissioner of Active Travel England, said: “I’m thrilled Stirling will host the time trial as part of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships. I have great memories of winning the time trial stage of the PruTour when it was here. The castle is a spectacular backdrop that adds drama and showcases the heritage of the region. It is the perfect stage for an extra special World Championship that brings together so many disciplines for the first time. As well as this historic setting for a historic event, I hope the UCI 2023 World Championships will give us a platform to remind people what a wonderful machine the bicycle is for simply getting to shops schools and workplaces under our own steam. Be it entertainment or utility, bikes make our lives better!”

Scottish rider Shackley was born just 30 miles from Stirling and made her Olympic debut in the time trial in Tokyo in 2021 as part of Team GB. She added: “Competing in the Olympics gave me a real taste for international competition at the highest level and made me determined to make the team for the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships. Combining the Championships for the first time ever will be absolutely huge and a really positive step for the sport of cycling. I’m proud that they will be held in Glasgow and across Scotland for the first time and it would be a huge honour for me to compete in front of a home crowd.”

Paul Bush, Chair of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, said: “I am delighted to confirm Stirling as our second location outside of Glasgow to host the inaugural 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, further showcasing this as a truly pan-Scotland mega event. In Glasgow and across Scotland we have proven ourselves as world-class hosts of major events. We are incredibly proud the UCI has entrusted us with hosting the first ever UCI Cycling World Championships and to play our role in creating cycling history. We want the whole of Scotland to get behind the Championships and I have no doubt that by utilising iconic locations such as Stirling we will capture the imagination of not only people across Scotland but globally.”

Stirling’s involvement in the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships will give a major boost to its bid to become UK City of Culture, showcasing the city and the region to a global audience.

Stirling Council Leader, Councillor Scott Farmer said: “It’s a massive win for Stirling to see this great sporting spectacle coming to our streets. I am sure that local communities will embrace the event and line the course to support the cyclists.

“Not only will it continue to establish Stirling as a world-class events destination, it’ll once again provide inspiration for people of all ages and abilities to get active and live healthier lifestyles. We can all be inspired by watching world class athletes in action, on our very doorsteps, to take advantage of the wide range of opportunities available in Stirling to be active, participate in sport and live well.”

Depute Leader, Councillor Chris Kane, said: “As one of the host venues for the biggest cycling event ever held, this feast of sporting action will deliver a significant economic and tourism boost for Stirling, allowing us to showcase the area to a world-wide audience as a must-visit destination.

“Stirling Council is aiming to change lives through sport, physical activity and healthy living by making Stirling one of the best places to be active in Scotland. We have made a commitment to support access to physical activity and sport for everyone, changing people’s lives for the better, and this event will demonstrate how cycling can be a fun and accessible way to improve your health.”

Skyline of Stirling with the castle beneath moody skies.

The 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships will welcome more than 8,000 amateur and elite cyclists from more than 120 countries with more than 190 UCI World Champions crowned.

More than one million spectators are expected to attend the Championships, with a global TV audience of around one billion making it one of the Top 10 watched sporting events on the planet.

The 13 UCI World Championships included in the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships are: BMX Freestyle Flatland; BMX Freestyle Park; BMX Racing; Gran Fondo; Indoor Cycling; Mountain Bike Cross-country; Mountain Bike Downhill; Mountain Bike Marathon; Para-cycling Road; Para-cycling Track; Road; Track; Trials.

The time trial in Stirling will form part of the overall UCI Road World Championships as part of the combined 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships.

To date, six venues have been announced in Glasgow, with Dumfries & Galloway (para-cyling road) and Stirling (time trial) also hosting events across Scotland. Additional venues and locations elsewhere in the country will be confirmed in the coming weeks and months to ensure a pan-Scotland delivery and to capture the imagination of the entire country.

The 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships were confirmed for Glasgow and across Scotland as a result of significant previous experience hosting high-profile sporting events. Glasgow and Scotland have become a sporting hotspot by welcoming unforgettable competitions such as UEFA EURO 2020 matches, the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the multi-sport Glasgow 2018 European Championships as well as cultural events including the world-renowned Edinburgh Festivals.

Since the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, participation sessions at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome have experienced positive uptake and cycling numbers have risen across Scotland. It is hoped the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships can continue the increase of pedal power in Scotland, inspiring the next generation of riders across a variety of cycling disciplines.

The 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships are being delivered in collaboration between the UCI, Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council, UK Sport, British Cycling, Glasgow Life and VisitScotland. The partnership aims to create a blueprint for future editions by ensuring the inaugural event is authentic, innovative and distinctive.

The UCI, cycling’s world governing body, currently stages annual World Championships in each of its disciplines across the year in different host cities around the world. The UCI Cycling World Championships will bring these championships together every four years, the year prior to the Olympics, starting with the inaugural event in 2023.