Ever wanted to see something equivalent to the cycling Olympic Games? Well, in August, 2023, you’ll get your chance, as the UCI announced on Friday that Glasgow, Scotland will host a combined world championships over a two week period. That’s right: riders from road, mountain bike, downhill, track, BMX, indoor cycling, trials, Gran Fondo and paracycling disciplines will all throw down in Scotland.
— Anthony McCrossan (@antmccrossan) February 8, 2019
It’s the first time this multi-discipline rainbow jersey extravaganza has been attempted. Friday at the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome in Glasgow, UCI president David Lappartient said, “The creation and the implementation of this event was one of the commitments I had made during my campaign for UCI presidency and I am proud to have fulfilled it. Glasgow and Scotland have a great deal of experience in the organisation of major sporting events, notably multi-sports, such as the first edition of the European Sports Championships that it organised in 2018. I am convinced that the UCI Cycling World Championships will be a great success, and I look forward enormously to preparing them with our Scottish partners.”
Glasgow hosted UCI track cycling World Cup events in 2012 and 2016.
In 2019 the UCI mountain bike world championships will be held in Mont-Sainte-Anne in Quebec August 28 to September 11; the road world championships are in Harrowgate, England, September 22 to 29; while the track worlds start at the end of this month in Pruszków, Poland, where the competition was last held in 2009.