As part of Scotlands six-year plan to become the European leader in mountain biking, the country will host the very first UCI Cycling World Championships consisting of 13 existing world championships. Taking place over two weeks in August 2023, the country aims to have a winner in each event.
Renowned for holding the annual Mercedes Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at Fort William, the 2007 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships and several other cycling events the UCI has awarded Scotland and Glasgow with the opportunity to host the inaugural UCI World Cycling Championships in August 2023.
The Championships will attract thousands of class-leading riders to compete for the coveted yellow jersey. The event is promised to become the worlds largest cycling event which is planned to become a staple fixture in the cycling calendar, being held once every four years and televised internationally.
The festival-like event will showcase 13 existing World Championships together for the first time, making excellent use of Glasgow's already cemented world-class cycling infrastructure and big event hosting experience after hosting the likes of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The event comes in aid of The Strategy For Scottish Mountain Biking, a six-year plan to expand mountain biking in the nation developed by Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBiS). As such, the country will strive to have a Scottish rider atop the podium after each event as a result of the implementation of cycling clubs and incentivised coaching.
The UCI World Cycling Championships is the perfect platform to highlight DMBiS's strategy and support Scotlands goal of becoming Europes top cycling nation. It'll also aid British athletes to prepare for the Paris 2024 Olympic games.
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