What to expect on day ten of the champs
We're scoring a perfect ten on day 10 of the World Champs with finals action in Glasgow, Glentress, Dumfries & Galloway and Loch Lomond today.
We’ve experienced nine days of outstanding competition here in Scotland and there’s no let-up heading into day ten which will see no less than SIX World Championships featured, with rainbow jerseys to be won in all of them.
The 2023 Cycling World Championships is the first of its kind, a totally unique event, and the biggest cycling event in history. Beginning on Thursday 3 August and continuing until Sunday 13 August, the Champs featured riders from over 130 countries across 13 different world championships, with over 200 rainbow jerseys to be awarded throughout the Championships.
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Here’s what you can watch on day ten of the Championships.
Events to Watch
MOUNTAIN BIKE CROSS-COUNTRY
The venue for four days of adrenaline-pumping off-road action is the Glentress Forest in the Scottish Borders, and the forest trails have already seen some thrilling contests. Day ten features the big guns of the men’s and women’s elite riders as they take on the gruelling cross-country Olympic course (XCO) in Peebles, in the dramatic finale to the mountain-biking programme.
Over the 3.5km long course, riders must employ expert bike handling, as well as endure 145m of ascent on every lap, as they work to gain the advantage and grit their teeth to hang on all the way to the line, where two rainbow jerseys are at stake.
The streets of Glasgow will once again come to life with the sights and sounds of road racing, as the Men’s Under-23 Road Race takes place around the city on Saturday morning. Beginning in Loch Lomond, the peloton will head back to the city to take on the devilishly tricky circuit, including the infamous ‘Mur de Montrose’ climb – get down early if you want to see the riders tackle the 200m ascent from a prime position.
It’s day four of action in the Para-cycling Road programme and there are a host more road races to enjoy, with 12 rainbow jerseys up for grabs on the roads of Dumfries & Galloway.
The men’s and women’s B category tandem races are both on the day’s schedule, along with all the cycle categories from C1 to C5, for both men and women.
The races are all free to attend so head along to the course to show your support for all of the athletes.
It’s the day of reckoning in the Trials event, as five categories will award rainbow jerseys on a packed day of action at Glasgow Green.
This unique event showcases gravity-defying skill, precision and control, and even better, it’s free to attend. So if you’re new to the sport and want to see what it’s all about, get yourselves down to take in the men’s junior 20” and 26” finals, the women’s open final, and the men’s elite 20” and 26” final throughout the day.
Check out our beginners guide for all you need to know about Trials, then head along to watch the drama unfold.
Day two of the Indoor Cycling programme at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena sees a full day of strength, balance, focus and determination as all eyes are on the Artistic Cycling discipline, with qualifying and finals in this gymnastics-meets-cycling mash-up that has us all gasping in surprise at just what these athletes are capable of doing on two wheels.
Learn more about this unique event with our beginner’s guide.
While the BMX riders have dazzled with their tricks and flips in the park and flatland events, it’s time to turn our attention to the speed monsters as the racing events take centre stage on the final weekend of the Championships.
The Glasgow BMX Centre’s 400m track has been specially built to test the speed, riding skill and race smarts of the world’s best BMX racers. Over four rounds, the riders are whittled down to the very best, with medals up for grabs in tomorrow’s finals.
Today sees the first round, last chance qualifiers and 1/8 finals to determine who will have the chance to race for gold on the final day of the Champs.
Don’t miss this edge-of-your-saddle action!
Athletes to Watch
The marquee event of the mountain biking cross country programme in Glentress sees the best off-road riders in the world gather to take on the Olympic distance event (XCO). It’s hard to look beyond multiple World Champion Nino Schurter (Switzerland) when seeking out favourites for the win, but Olympic champion Tom Pidcock (Great Britain) will be out to prove that he can rise to the big occasions in style. There’s other road royalty taking to the trails in the shape of former road race World Champion Peter Sagan (Slovakia), and current champion Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands), who takes on his first competitive mountain biking engagement of the year in the hope that he can hold rainbow jerseys in three disciplines simultaneously. Other riders to keep an eye on include France’s Jordan Sarrou, South Africa’s Alan Hatherly and Germany’s Luca Schwarzbauer, who are all likely to be at the pointy end of the action.
For the women, former World Champ Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) has proven in no uncertain terms she’s back in form, with a win in the short track on Thursday. She will face challenges from cyclocross superstar and World Cup winner Puck Pieterse (Netherlands), who has impressed on her first season as an elite level rider. Austria’s Laura Stigger and Dutch rider Anne Terpstra will push them all the way to the finish line.
In para-cycling, there’s plenty for home crowds to cheer about on the roads of Dumfries & Galloway as Fin Graham and Ben Watson take to the road in the C3 category, and Elizabeth Jordan takes on the women’s tandem road race.
Germany will look to impress in the artistic cycling as they seek to retain their World titles – they swept the board at last year’s event.