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2023 UCI Cycling World Championships: Everything You Need to Know

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The 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships come to Glasgow and venues across Scotland in August.

Whether you wish to combine your love of Scotland and cycling or want to learn more about the event itself, we’ve pulled together a handy guide on dates and times, travel information, accommodation and things to see and do near host venues, to make your stay extra special.

What is the UCI Cycling World Championships?

For the first time ever, the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships will bring together all road, track, BMX, indoor, mountain bike and para-cycling world championships disciplines into one mega event. The world’s greatest riders will compete head-to-head for coveted rainbow jerseys in 13 individual championships, making it the biggest cycling event ever. The new collated worlds will happen every 4 years, just before an Olympic/Paralympic event.

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View the 11 day cycling events schedule

When and where is it?

The Championships will be held mainly in Glasgow but also at other venues across Scotland, from 3 – 13 August 2023. Some of these other venues have already been announced, with more to be confirmed soon. Venues so far include:

Peebles, Scottish Borders

Biking the cycle paths of Glentress Forest

Glentress Forest © VisitScotland / David N Anderson

The Mountain Bike Cross-country and Cross-country Marathon events will take place at Glentress Forest near Peebles in the Scottish Borders.

How to get to Peebles

By car from:

Ayr – 1 hour 55 minutes

Dundee – 1 hour 45 minutes

Edinburgh – 1 hour

Stirling – 1 hour 15 minutes

By Public Transport

By Bus:

Borders Bus runs an X62 service from Edinburgh city centre to Peebles and the journey takes approximately one hour.

Find out more information on how to get to Peebles

Other things to do in the Scottish Borders

With its rolling hills and stunning countryside, the Scottish Borders is full of treasures. Renowned for its mountain biking trails, rich manufacturing heritage and premium Scottish produce, it’s a wonderful place to stay during the event.

  • Lovat Mill is the place to go if you’re looking for premium tweed and cashmere.
  • If you have a sweet tooth, make sure to visit Cocoa Black in Peebles, where skilled chocolatiers will tell you about their delicious craft.
  • The 7stanes are seven world-class mountain biking centres that span the south of Scotland. Their award-winning trails offer some of the best mountain biking in the country and attract riders from far and wide. There are a wide range of routes to suit beginners and experts and some centres have an on-site café, bike hire and bike shop.

Enjoy a 2-Day Mountain Biking Break in the Scottish Borders

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Glasgow

A young person cycling an OVO E-Bike over the river Kelvin, Glasgow

A young person cycling an OVO E-Bike over the river Kelvin, Glasgow

Glasgow will host several World Championships including the BMX Freestyle Park, BMX Freestyle Flatland and Trials at Glasgow Green, BMX Racing at Glasgow BMX Centre, Indoor Cycling – artistic and cycle-ball at the Emirates Arena, Track and Para-cycling Track at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and the road cycling events will finish in the city’s George Square.

How to get to Glasgow

By car from:

Ayr – 55 minutes

Dundee – 1 hour 30 minutes

Edinburgh – 1 hour 20 minutes

Peebles – 1 hour 20 minutes

By Public Transport

By Train:

Glasgow has two train stations, Glasgow Central Station offering rail routes to the south and Glasgow Queen Street Station operating mainly to Edinburgh and the north.

If you’re staying in Glasgow for the day, purchase a Roundabout ticket, which offers one-day unlimited travel by ScotRail and Subway to over 110 stations within Greater Glasgow. Tickets are valid after 09:00 Monday to Friday, weekends and during Glasgow public holidays.

You can reach Glasgow by train from:

Aberdeen – 2 hours 25 minutes

Dundee – 1 hour 20 minutes

Inverness – 3 hours 20 minutes

Find out more information on ScotRail routes and timetables

By Bus:

First Bus operates over 80 routes across the city. A day ticket allows unlimited travel all day or if you’re staying longer, purchase a weekly ticket. Download the First Bus App to buy and store tickets on your phone, plan your journey in advance and check live timetables on the go.

Getting around Glasgow

By Bike:

OVO Bikes make it easy to explore Glasgow on two wheels. Simply register via the nextbike app or online and pick up a bike at one of the selected stations across the city.

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By Subway:

Subway services run every four minutes and it takes just under half an hour to complete a circuit of all 15 stations. Buy a single ticket or for the best deals, get a Subway Smartcard and top up online before setting out on foot.

Check out the latest Subway timetables

Other things to do in Glasgow

Stay in the heart of the action as cycling fever sweeps through Scotland’s biggest city. There’s everything from museums and galleries and cool street art to a world-class music scene.

  • There are lots of great family cycle routes in and around Glasgow. The Cuningar Loop offers great trails including a balance bike loop, a pump track and a skills-building loop. The Strathkelvin Railway Path is a traffic-free route with amazing views of the Campsie Fells. The Auchinstarry Loop is another fine route with lovely views.
  • Following a major refurbishment, The Burrell Collection has reopened. Inside, you’ll find over 9,000 works of art donated by Sir William Burrell, making it one of the greatest collections amassed by one person. We’re big on sustainable travel, so why not catch the train to Glasgow or cycle from the city centre following route 7 and 75?
  • Admire beautiful artwork adorning city buildings along the City Centre Mural Trail.
  • Glasgow never misses a beat when it comes to live music – it is a UNESCO City of Music after all.

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Fort William, Scottish Highlands

The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Nevis Range near Fort William

The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Nevis Range near Fort William © VisitScotland/CutMedia

The Mountain Bike Downhill events will take place at Nevis Range near Fort William.

How to get to Fort William

By car from:

Ayr – 3 hours 15 minutes

Dundee – 2 hours 45 minutes

Edinburgh – 3 hours 20 minutes

Stirling – 2 hours 30 minutes

By Public Transport

By Train:

Four ScotRail services per day run from Glasgow Queen Street to Fort William with a journey time of around 3 hours 50 minutes. Rail services also run from Edinburgh Waverley to Fort William (with a change at Glasgow Queen Street) and take around 4 hours 50 minutes.

Other things to do in Fort William

  • Mountain biking is synonymous with Fort William. A round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup has been hosted here since 2002, the Witches’ Trails offer some great singletrack riding and the new Fort William Bike Park is on the way.
  • Fort William and Lochaber is the Outdoor Capital of the UK and there’s an amazing range of outdoor activities to enjoy in this unmatched adventure playground.
  • Why not call into the Ben Nevis Distillery for a tour and a dram? Established in 1825, it is one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland.

Discover more about Fort William

Stirling

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

The Time Trial events will take place in Stirling.

How to get to Stirling

By car from:

Ayr – 1 hour 20 minutes

Dundee – 1 hour 10 minutes

Edinburgh – 1 hour 10 minutes

Perth – 45 minutes

By Public Transport

By Train:

Stirling has excellent public transport links and is just a 35-minute rail journey from Glasgow and 50 minutes from Edinburgh. The city centre is a two minute walk from the station.

You can also reach Stirling by train from:

Aberdeen – 2 hours 10 minutes

Dundee – 1 hour 10 minutes

Inverness – 2 hours 50 minutes

Perth – 35 minutes

By Coach:

There are hourly coach services from Glasgow and Edinburgh which take approximately one hour. There are also regular bus services to Scottish cities and towns like St Andrews and Perth.

Find out more information on timetables

Getting Around Stirling

By Bike:

Like Glasgow, Stirling also champions sustainable travel with an e-bike scheme. Located at the railway station, the Stirling Active Travel Hub can answer all your cycling queries and help you get around the city on two wheels. Sign up and hire a bike via the nextbike app.

Travel by bike

Other Things to do in Stirling

When it comes to history, Stirling certainly packs a punch. There’s lots more to discover too, from stunning scenery and shopping to amazing food and drink and local cycling routes.

  • Discover the staggering beauty of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park along the Lochs and Glens Way. A  short day trip section of the route from Callander to Strathyre or Killin is a favourite amongst cyclists with plenty of cafés along the way.
  • Stirling is home to many independent shops and boutiques with lots of gifts and souvenirs to buy at affordable prices.

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Dumfries and Galloway

Glen Trool © VisitScotland / Airborne Lens

The UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships will be held in Dumfries and Galloway.

How to get to Dumfries and Galloway

By car from:

Ayr – 1 hour 40 minutes

Edinburgh – 2 hours 10 minutes

Stirling – 1 hour 45 minutes

Peebles – 1 hour 25 minutes

By Public Transport

By bus and coach:

Stagecoach run regular coach services from Glasgow and Edinburgh. From Carlisle, there are local bus services operating from Carlisle and Dumfries too.

More details of local bus services and timetables in Dumfries and Galloway

Other things to do in Dumfries and Galloway

This big playground is a haven for outdoor adventurers. Make a splash with windsurfing or yachting or if you prefer to stay on dry land, there are lots of gentle walks and cycles to enjoy.

  • There are over 450 miles of signposted cycle routes in this region, with a variety of easily accessible cycle routes. If you prefer more adrenaline-fuelled fun, head for the 7Stanes cdntres at Ae Forest, Dalbeattie, Glen Trool and Mabie Forest.
  • Enjoy some family-fun at Galloway Activity Centre with a great selection of activities, from paddleboarding and a Wobbly Waterpark during the day to laser tag at night.
  • Discover one of our greatest medieval fortresses. With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, mighty Caerlaverock Castle is one of Scotland’s finest castles.

Discover more about Dumfries and Galloway

Places to stay near the Events

Whether you’re looking to splurge on a luxury hotel stay or somewhere more modest, World Championship host venues offer a range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.

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Other places to visit

Edinburgh

There is a real buzz about the capital in summer as the city hosts a number of summer festivals including the Edinburgh International Festival. This kicks off at the beginning of August and includes comedy and circus performances, theatre, cabaret and more.

  • Take a revitalising climb up Arthur’s Seat, standing at 251 m high. You’ll be rewarded with the best views of the city.
  • It’s showtime when the Fringe comes to town! Book tickets to see a show at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre – choose from opera and comedy to ballet and musicals.
  • Get a taste for whisky at the Johnnie Walker Experience in Princes Street. Enjoy a 90-minute immersive tour led by an expert guide where you will have the chance to sample three whisky drinks tailored to your flavour preferences.

Plan a day trip to Edinburgh

Perthshire

Visit Scotland’s ancient capital and you’ll find lots of things to see and do, from historic sites and green spaces in the city to the lush forests, rushing rivers and waterfalls of Perthshire.

  • Discover Perth’s hidden gems. Step back in time and uncover Balhousie Castle’s turbulent past or enjoy a walk up Kinnoull Hill for rewarding views over Perthshire.
  • Work up an appetite at Ballintaggart Farm, near Grandtully. The Cook School will bring out your inner chef as you create dishes using the finest Scottish produce.
  • Go kayaking or wild swimming at Clunie Loch, between Dunkeld and Blairgowrie. You can even visit Clunie Castle on an island in the loch, which is said to be haunted.
  • For hillwalkers, there are plenty of local Munros to bag. Schiehallion is one of the region’s best known and offers rewarding views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Perthshire is known as Big Tree Country and at The Hermitage, you can take a scenic walk to Pine Cone Point – you might even spot some red squirrels and roe deer.

Planning a break to Perthshire? Follow our 4 day itinerary for lots of travel inspiration.

Ayrshire & Arran

Easy to reach and even easier to explore, Ayrshire & Arran sits on the west coast of Scotland with its wonders of island, rural towns and sandy shores. This is the region that gave us our National Bard, Robert Burns. Explore the great Burns attractions, take a wander around an ancient castle, or learn about the Vikings who once set foot on these very shores.

  • See the world’s most important collection of Burns artefacts at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, and visit the humble cottage where he was born and raised.
  • With gardens, beaches, and woodland trails to explore, there’s no doubt you’ll have a fantastic day out at Culzean Castle. Designed by Robert Adam in the late 18th century, the castle is filled to the turrets with treasures that tell the stories of people who lived there. The guided tour will take you through the best features of the castle.
  • Head to Vikingar! as storytellers guide you through 500 years of Viking history. Then enjoy an amazing 20-minute, 5-screen film presentation following one Viking family through generations of turmoil, battle and adventure, until the Battle of Largs in 1263.

Discover some of the region’s best kept secrets

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