What to expect on day eight of the champs
Seven amazing days of cycling action done and there's plenty more to come. Here's what's coming up on day eight.
This unique event, the first of its kind and the biggest cycling event in history, began on Thursday 3 August and continues until Sunday 13 August, and features riders from over 130 countries in 13 championships, with over 200 rainbow jerseys to be awarded throughout the Championships.
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More new events get underway with rainbow jerseys to be won across the country, with plenty more opportunities to spectate for free in Dumfries & Galloway, Stirling and Glasgow, so come on down and see the action.
Events to watch
BMX FREESTYLE FLATLAND
It’s finals day in the BMX Freestyle Flatland competition and get ready to have your jaw firmly on the floor at this free-to-attend event on Glasgow Green.
Kicking off with the women’s elite final at 15:00 and closely followed by the Men’s Elite an hour later, expect amazing balance, bike control mastery and unbelievable skills from the best in the business.
MOUNTAIN BIKE CROSS-COUNTRY
At the halfway point of the off-road thrills and spills in Glentress Forest, it’s the turn of the men’s and women’s elite cross-country short track (XCC) and men’s and women’s junior cross-country Olympic.
The former will see the best in the world go head-to-head on a fast and furious 0.9km loop, while the juniors have the full 3.5km lap with 145m of ascent to contend with.
The speed-merchants return to Stirling for the second day of against-the-clock individual time trials starting and finishing in the historic city.
The women’s junior individual time trial kick things off at 11:15 on a 13.4km out-and-back circuit, while from 13:40 it’s time for the women’s elite on the 36.2km. The first time most of the women’s elite field has raced since the Tour de France Femmes, expect some blisteringly fast times from the best in the women’s WorldTour peloton.
It’s also the second day of the Para-cycling Road schedule with more individual time trialists taking to the roads of Dumfries & Galloway. After yesterday’s handcycle and tricycle categories, today sees the turn of the C (1-5) and B athletes. The C1-C3 riders will be competing on a 16.9km course, while the C4-C5 and B individual time trialists face an extended 28.1km loop.
Back on Glasgow Green, there’s eight hours of free-to-attend trials semi-finals to sink your teeth into. The men’s junior 20” get the ball rolling, with the men’s junior 26” and women’s elite open also on the agenda.
If you’re yet to experience trials in the flesh too, you’d be mad to miss it. Check out our beginners guide here.
Athletes to watch
The finals of the BMX Freestyle Flatland will see the best in business take to Glasgow Green for the last time. Reigning champion Aude Cassagne (France) will have her work cut out for her against the Seigneur twins in the women’s elite finals, while the reigning men’s elite champion Ito Masato (Japan) will face stiff competition from Matthias Dandois (France) and Kio Hayakawa (Japan).
Over in the Tweed Valley, it’ll be the first time that we see some of the world’s fastest cross-country riders between the race tape in Glentress (as well as a few familiar faces from Sunday’s elite men’s road race…). In the women’s XCC, reigning world champion and current World Cup XCC leader Pauline Ferrand-Prévot is going to be tough to beat, but Great Britain’s Evie Richards and Laura Stigger (Austria) will be aiming to upset the odds. With the road race world champion Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) pulling out of the short course, it's hard to look beyond Great Britain’s Tom Pidcock.
In Stirling, fans will be treated to some of the world’s best female time trialists. And with reigning champ Ellen van Dijk currently expecting a baby, it is likely to be between the 2023 Tour de France Femmes winner Demi Vollering (Netherlands) and Marlen Reusser (Switzerland).
Down in Dumfries & Galloway, there’s plenty for the British fans to cheer in the second day of Para-cycling Road competition. Fin Graham (men’s C3 ITT), Frances Brown (women’s C1 ITT) and George Peasgood (men’s C5 ITT) will all be defending their world titles, while Sophie Unwin and Jenny Holl will be going for their third rainbow jersey of the champs.