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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 in August next year.

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, fabulous accommodation and even exciting things to see and do nearby to make your stay here extra special.

What is the UCI Cycling World Championships?

The UCI World Championships are annual competitions promoted by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) to determine world champion cyclists. Each year, different individual styles of racing are held annually in different countries to compete for a rainbow jersey which is worn by the reigning world champions in the road race and individual time trials. The jersey is white with green, yellow, black, red and blue bands around it.

For the first time ever, the UCI Cycling World Championships will bring together road, track, BMX, mountain bike and para-cycling races into one event. The world’s greatest riders compete head-to-head in 13 individual UCI World 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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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.

It’s no surprise Scotland has been chosen, as we’re home to some of the most iconic sports venues and beautiful landscapes plus we’ve hosted world-class sporting events before including the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and European Championships in 2018.

Various venues across Scotland have 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 is at Glentress Forest in 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

Fort William – 3 hours 30 minutes

Perth – 1 hour 25 minutes

Stirling – 1 hour 15 minutes

By Public Transport

By Bus:

Borders Bus runs an X62 service from Edinburgh city centre to Peebles, the journey takes approximately one hour and is a great way to soak in the scenic views of the Scottish Borders.

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 are on the look-out for the best in quality tweed and cashmere – why not pick up a few gifts while you are there?
  • Born in the Borders Visitor Centre near Jedburgh brings together the very best of the region’s handmade crafts, cuisine and more, making it a great place for discovering the area’s hidden delights.
  • If you have a sweet tooth, make sure to visit Cocoa Black in Peebles, where you will have the opportunity to meet the skilled chocolatiers and learn more about their delicious craft.
  • The 7stanes are 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 far and wide. You don’t have to be an experienced mountain biker to enjoy these famous trails. There are a wide range of routes to suit beginners and experts. Plus, many of the centres also have skills areas for you to practise your technique.

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

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

  • The Freestyle Park, Freestyle Flatland and trials is at Kelvingrove Park
  • The BMX Racing (Elite and amateur Challenge categories) is at Glasgow BMX Centre in Knightswood
  • Indoor cycling (artistic and cycle-ball) is at Emirates Arena
  • Track and para-cycling track is at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome
  • The finish line of the road cycling events will be at George Square

How to get to Glasgow

By car from:

Ayr – 55 minutes

Dundee – 1 hour 30 minutes

Edinburgh – 1 hour 20 minutes

Fort William – 2 hours 55 minutes

Perth – 1 hour 10 minutes

Stirling – 35 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 plan on staying in Glasgow for the day, make sure to purchase a Roundabout ticket which gives you one-day unlimited travel by ScotRail and Subway to over 110 stations within the Greater Glasgow Area. All tickets are valid after 09:00 Monday to Friday, weekends and during Glasgow public holidays.

You can also 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 all ScotRail routes and timetables

By Bus:

First Bus is the leading bus operator in Glasgow and operates over 80 routes across the city. A day ticket allows unlimited travel all day or if you’re staying that wee bit longer, make sure to purchase a weekly ticket. Why not download the First Bus App? You’ll be able to buy and store tickets on your phone, plan your journey in advance and check live bus timetables while you’re on the go.

How to get around Glasgow

By Subway:

The Subway is a great way to get around the city centre, west end and southside of Glasgow. Services run every four minutes and takes just under half an hour to complete the whole circuit of the 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

By Bike:

OVO Bikes has just made it easier 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.

Rent an OVO Bike today

Other things to do in Glasgow

Stay in the heart of the action as cycling fever is set to sweep Scotland’s biggest city. You’ll find everything from museums and galleries, cool street art and delve into its world-class music scene.

  • When it comes to family cycle routes, you’re truly spoilt for choice in and around Glasgow. The Cuningar Loop provides good quality paths and is open throughout the year. There is even the opportunity to hone your cycling skills even further along its three bike tracks which include a balance bike loop, a pump track and a skills building loop. The Strathkelvin Railway Path is another excellent traffic-free cycle path and you’ll be treated to magnificent views of the Campsie Fells while cycling enroute. Looking for more cycling routes with mesmerising views? The Auchinstarry Loop might just be the ticket! The route is mostly flat but we recommend having a bike with wide tyres as surfaces can vary from tarmac to gravel.
  • Having undergone a major refurbishment, The Burrell Collection has reopened its doors to the public. Inside, you’ll find over 9,000 works of art donated by Sir William Burrell, making it one of the greatest art collections ever amassed by one person. We’re big on sustainable travel and getting there has never been easier. Catch the train to Glasgow or cycle from the city centre following route 7 and 75.
  • Admire beautiful pieces of 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. Whether you’re a sucker for hip hop or can’t get enough of rock, there are lots of well-known music haunts around the city for a great night out.

Discover more about Glasgow

Fort William, Scottish Highlands

Mountain Bike Championship, Fort William

Mountain Bike Championship © VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins

The Mountain Bike Downhill events will take place at Nevis Range in 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

Perth – 2 hours 20 minutes

Stirling – 2 hours 30 minutes

Peebles – 3 hours 30 minutes

By Public Transport

By Train:

Fort William has its own train station. There are normally four trains that run per day from Glasgow Queen Street Station to Fort William Station with a journey time of approximately 3 hours 52 minutes.

You can also reach Fort William by train from:

  • Edinburgh (Waverley) – 4 hours 56 minutes

Other things to do in Fort William

  • Show your adventurous spirit and take on the dizzying heights of Ben Nevis. Scaling at an impressive 1345 metres, it is Britain’s highest mountain. We recommend that Ben Nevis should only be climbed by experienced walkers with lots of experience under their belt.
  • Mountain biking and Fort William go together hand in hand. The Outdoor Capital of the UK is famed for its good quality single tracks and has hosted the Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup since 2003.
  • Raise a glass to Scotland’s national drink at the Ben Nevis Distillery. Established in 1825, it is one of the oldest licensed distilleries recorded in Scotland, a tour here will cover history and beauty in a perfect blend.

Find more unmissable things to do in Fort William

Stirling

Stirling City Centre

The time trials 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

Peebles – 1 hour 15 minutes

By Public Transport

By Train:

Stirling has excellent public transport links and is just a 35-minute journey from Glasgow Queen Street Station and 50 minutes from Edinburgh’s Haymarket and Waverley stations. When you arrive, it’s only a two-minute walk to the city centre.

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 is an hourly coach service from Glasgow and Edinburgh which takes approximately 1 hour including regular bus services to Scottish cities and towns like St Andrews and Perth.

Find out more information on timetables

How to Get Around Stirling

By Bike:

Like Glasgow, Stirling also champions more sustainable travel options with its own e-bike scheme. Located at the railway station, the Stirling Active Travel Hub are on hand to answer all your cycling queries and give guidance to help get your bearings around the city on two wheels. Sign up and rent a bike via the nextbike app and get ready to cycle to your heart’s content.

Travel by bike

Other Things to do in Stirling

When it comes to history, Stirling certainly packs a punch. There’s plenty more to discover too including its stunning scenery, shopping experiences, amazing food and drink places and of course lots of cycling routes to keep the momentum going.

  • Discover the staggering beauty of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park by following the Lochs and Glens Way (NCN7). It is the perfect route to break up into shorter day trip sections with the Callander to Strathyre or Killin a favourite amongst many cyclists. There are also plenty of cafés to visit enroute to help keep those energy levels up.
  • Looking for some retail therapy? Stirling is home to many independent shops and boutiques with lots of gifts and souvenirs to buy at an affordable price. It’s very unlikely you’ll be going home empty-handed.

Discover more about Stirling

Dumfries and Galloway

Glen Trool © VisitScotland / Airborne Lens

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

How to get to Dumfries and Galloway

By car from:

Ayr – 1 hour 40 minutes

Dundee – 2 hours 45 minutes

Edinburgh – 2 hours 10 minutes

Perth – 2 hours 20 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.

Find out more details of local bus services and timetables in Dumfries and Galloway

Other things to do in Dumfries and Galloway

Discover the beauty of south Scotland with Dumfries & Galloway. This big playground is a haven for outdoor adventure seekers. Make a splash with windsurfing or yachting or if you prefer to stay on dry land, there are plenty of gentle walks and cycles to be enjoyed.

  • Enjoy a family holiday full of fun at Galloway Activity Centre and experience an array of outdoor pursuits. From Stand Up Paddleboarding, windsurfing and mountain biking during the day to laser tag at night.
  • Discover one of Scotland’s greatest medieval fortresses. With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, the awe-inspiring Caerlaverock Castle is the epitome of the medieval stronghold and one of the finest castles in Scotland.
  • There are over 450 miles of signposted cycle routes within the region with a variety of cycle routes that are easily accessible. If you prefer more adrenaline-fuelled fun, make sure to head to the 7Stanes world-class mountain biking centres in Ae Forest, Mabie Forest, Dalbeattie and Galloway Forest Park.

Explore the natural splendour of Dumfries and Galloway

Places to stay near the Event

Whether you’re looking to splurge on a luxury hotel stay or something cheap and cheerful, our hosts for next year’s Championships have a range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets to help you get a good night’s rest.

Find accommodation in Dumfries and Galloway

Find accommodation in Glasgow

Find accommodation in Fort William

Find accommodation in Stirling

Other places to visit during the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships

Edinburgh

There is a real buzz about the capital in summer. The city proudly presents a whole host of summer festivals including the Edinburgh International Festival which kicks off at the beginning of August entertaining live audiences from comedy and theatre to circus and cabaret and much more.

  • If you’re looking for a revitalising walk, be sure to climb up Arthur’s Seat. Standing at an impressive 251 m high, you’ll be rewarded with the best views of the city landscape.
  • It’s showtime when the Fringe comes to town! Book tickets to see a show at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre which range 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 it has its fair share of things to see and do. From historic castles, buildings and museums in the city to the lush forests, rushing rivers and tumbling waterfalls of Perthshire.

  • Discover Perth’s hidden gems. From stepping back in time to Balhousie Castle’s turbulent past to visting the longest hedge in Britain. The city is full of wonderful surprises!
  • Work up an appetite at Ballintaggart Farm, near Grandtully. The Cook School will help bring out your inner chef as you learn how to make delicious recipes from scratch using the finest of Scottish ingredients.
  • At Loch Clunie, between Dunkeld and Blairgowrie, you can take a kayak out to explore the waters. If you’re feeling brave enough, you can even visit the island that is home to Clunie Castle, which is said to be haunted.
  • For hillwalkers, there are plenty of Munros to bag. Schiehallion is one of the region’s best known and those who take up the challenge will be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Perthshire is known as Big Tree Country and at The Hermitage, near Dunkeld, 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, countryside towns and sandy shores. This is the region which 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 woods 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 and once the former playground of David Kennedy, 10th Earl of Cassillis, the castle is filled to the turrets with treasures that tell the stories of the people who lived there. The guided tour will take you through the best features of the castle, including Adam’s masterpiece, the oval staircase, as well as a fine collection of paintings and furniture.
  • Head to Vikingar! as storytellers guide you through 500 years of Viking history, brought to life through sight, sound and smell. Then take your seat for an amazing twenty 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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