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Edinburgh announced as the starting line for the 2023 World Cycling Competition – Edinburgh City Council

The world’s best cyclists will enjoy some of Scotland’s most spectacular sceneries next year with the men’s and women’s road races at Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat.

For the first time ever, this unique competition – which brings together 13 of the current UCI World Championships in a new mega event taking place in Glasgow and across Scotland – will also conclude with the Women’s Elite Road Race on Sunday 13 August 2023.

Edinburgh and Loch Lomond were revealed today (Friday, September 23) as the official venues and starting locations for the Elite and Under 23 classes of road races for the 2023 World Cycling Championships. This was announced at the 2022 UCI World Road Championships in Wollongong, Australia.

The Elite Men’s Road The race will take place on Sunday 6 August 2023 starting at Arthur’s Seat, then progressing through Old Town, passing near Edinburgh Castle before crossing the Firth of Forth and taking a breather on the Fife Coast.

Cyclists, spectators and the global TV audience will then catch sights including the stunning statue of The Kelpies and then the Wallace National Monument before proceeding on the famous Crow Road cycling path en route to Glasgow’s exciting artistic circuit, where they will finally cross the finish line to George Square in the heart of the city. There will be volunteer opportunities in all places.

Paul Busch, President of the UCI 2023 Cycling World Championships said:

“The announcement of Edinburgh and Loch Lomond as the starting location for the inaugural 2023 UCI World Cycling Championships further proves that this truly is a pan-Scottish event for all to come and enjoy.

Glasgow and Scotland are world leaders in providing innovative and world-class mega events. Against the backdrop of some of the country’s most famous and exciting cities and locations, these historic tournaments are sure to captivate the imaginations of athletes, spectators and audiences around the world and showcase why we are the perfect theater of action.

Scottish athlete Nea Evans Said who became the first Scottish woman to win three medals at the same Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this summer, including a silver in the road race:

“When I started cycling, I trained on the roads around Wallach. I am so excited for the best riders in the world to compete in some of the most scenic surroundings in Scotland as part of the 2023 Cycling World Championships. It would be an honor for the Elite Women’s Road Race to conclude cycling’s biggest event. in history “.

Chancellor Val Walker, Coordinator for Culture and Communities at Edinburgh City Council, said:

“We are very much looking forward to hosting the main event of the inaugural UCI Cycling World Championships.

“Edinburgh’s architecture, recognized worldwide, will provide a beautiful backdrop to the city’s landmark events for 2023, as cyclists, resident and visiting enthusiasts come to see and support the sporting elite. In addition to the visual landscape of the tournaments, the event will also help support the mobility plan in The city is amplified and promoted active and sustainable travel.

“As with previous city cycling events, the race will be run in full consultation with our public safety and road teams, as well as Police Scotland and summer festival partners, to ensure everyone enjoys a safe and exciting event.”

The 2023 Cycling World Championships welcomes thousands of the world’s top cycling athletes as well as fans from around the world and will not only showcase the amazing places and cities hosting events across the country, but will also highlight Scotland as a prime destination for elite cycling and riding tourism. bicycles.

The recently announced full schedule of events for the 2023 UCI World Cycling Championships, including all 13 UCI World Championships, can be found here.

The 2023 UCI Cycling Championships will take place over 11 days from 3 to 13 August 2023 at venues and venues in Glasgow and across Scotland. This is the first time all 13 UCI World Championships have been combined into one mega event, making it a cycling event unparalleled in terms of scale and scale. Over a million spectators as well as a global TV audience are expected in over 160 markets, making it one of the UK’s hottest events next summer.


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