Scotland’s place as a world-leading host for primary occasions has lately (8th February) been reaffirmed with the announcement that it’s been awarded the inaugural Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Biking Global Championships in 2023.
The Championships, which can happen at venues in Glasgow and throughout Scotland over two weeks in August 2023, has been awarded in reputation of the rustic’s confirmed experience in turning in world-class and ground-breaking occasions.
The imaginative and prescient of UCI President, David Lappartient, this ancient and leading edge match will deliver in combination 13 present person Global Championships biking disciplines into one mega match for the 1st time. The Championships will deliver in combination hundreds of the arena’s absolute best cyclists all vying to win the long-lasting rainbow jersey, in what’s going to turn out to be the arena’s greatest biking match, broadcast to an international target market.
Talking at lately’s announcement on the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, UCI President David Lappartient, stated: I’m overjoyed that the UCI has lately awarded the 2023 UCI Biking Global Championships to Glasgow and Scotland. The advent and the implementation of this match was once one of the most commitments I had made all the way through my marketing campaign for UCI presidency and I’m proud to have fulfilled it. I need to thank EventScotland, Glasgow Existence, UK Game and British Biking for his or her enthusiastic involvement in the first actual version of this ancient match, which can uniquely show off our recreation and its other disciplines on a global level. Glasgow and Scotland has a substantial amount of revel in within the organisation of primary carrying occasions, particularly multi-sports, akin to the 1st version of the Ecu Sports activities Championships that it organised in 2018. I’m satisfied that the UCI Biking Global Championships can be a perfect good fortune, and I glance ahead greatly to making ready them with our Scottish companions.”
Each Glasgow and Scotland’s information are self-evident in the case of turning in mega occasions, having hosted one of the most global’s greatest carrying occasions lately; together with the 2014 Commonwealth Video games, the 2014 Ryder Cup and Glasgow 2018 Ecu Championships, with the 2019 Solheim Cup and UEFA EURO 2020 to come back over the following 18 months.
It’s this unrivalled occasions revel in, which additionally comprises such biking occasions as the yearly Mercedes Benz UCI Mountain Motorbike Global Cup at Citadel William, the 2007 UCI Mountain Motorbike Global Championships, OVO Power Excursion of Britain and the Tissot UCI Observe Biking Global Cup lately, which made Scotland the UCI’s vacation spot to host the maiden version of what’s destined to turn out to be each and every 4 years an excellent fixture of the global biking festival calendar.
Blended with Glasgow’s present funding in world-class biking infrastructure such because the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and the Glasgow BMX Centre in Knightswood, this guarantees that Scotland will be capable of host this match with no need to construct any new venues.
The chance to be the first-ever hosts of the UCI Biking Global Championships may also supply a visual center of attention to beef up the acceleration of a spread of native and nationwide coverage tasks around the spaces of well being, shipping, recreation and tourism, and which might see Scotland aspire to turn out to be one among Europe’s best biking international locations.
Reacting to the scoop, Cupboard Secretary for Tourism, Tradition and Exterior Affairs Fiona Hyslop stated: “As the 1st ever host of this match, Scotland will cement its place as a pacesetter and innovator within the making plans and supply of primary carrying occasions. It builds upon the successes of the 2014 Commonwealth Video games, the 2014 Ryder Cup and remaining yr’s Ecu Championships.
“Our total goal is for Scotland to turn out to be one among Europe’s best biking international locations with biking firmly embedded throughout Scotland because the favoured option to shuttle to college and paintings, as an stress-free recreational job and an effective option to fortify well being.”
Sir Chris Hoy, six-times Olympic gold medallist, stated: “To look Glasgow construct at the legacy of the Commonwealth Video games in 2014 – and extra lately the Ecu Championships – to turn out to be the 1st town to host a mixed biking global championships is an actual coup for town and Scotland. I’m taking a look ahead to witnessing first-hand what I do know can be any other unbelievable match no longer handiest at the velodrome observe in 2023, however throughout all disciplines of our nice recreation.”
Katie Archibald, Olympic gold medallist and three-time global champion, stated: “I’ve competed in a couple of primary occasions in Scotland, and they’re among a few of my profession highlights because of the fantastic beef up myself and my group associates get from the house crowd. The UCI Global Championships 2023 sounds truly thrilling, it’ll be the yr prior to the Paris Olympics, that means the entire international locations can be ramping up their arrangements so the racing can be nice to look at. I additionally like the speculation of having the ability to beef up my group associates from different disciplines of their global championships.”
Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Existence and Depute Chief of Glasgow Town Council, stated: “This can be a large announcement and fulfillment for town. Being the 1st ever hosts of this match – which can turn out to be the top of the global biking festival calendar – will cement Glasgow and Scotland’s place as a global chief and innovator within the making plans and supply of primary carrying occasions.
“Our town is likely one of the best 5 carrying towns on the earth, and occasions just like the 2023 UCI Biking Global Championships will assist us proceed to climb those scores and realise our giant aspirations. This match would be the greatest match staged within the town, and certainly the rustic, within the coming years – and we can not wait to welcome athletes, officers, and spectators from around the globe to Glasgow.”
Nowadays’s announcement follows months of labor through EventScotland, Glasgow Existence, UK Game and British Biking to safe the development after the UCI introduced its ambition to create this logo new biking thought again in 2018.
Dame Katherine Grainger, Chair of UK Game stated: “UK Game is overjoyed to look that Scotland has been selected as the 1st ever host of the thrilling new thought that’s the 2023 UCI Biking Global Championships.
“The verdict from the UCI demonstrates as soon as once more that the United Kingdom stays a worldwide main innovator in the case of web hosting international carrying occasions in addition to an open and alluring position for athletes, coaches and fanatics around the globe.
“This transfer supplies actual self belief as we glance to ship our formidable match web hosting technique and I want to thank Nationwide Lottery avid gamers for his or her beef up as a result of it’s their backing that can let us deliver extra of the arena’s best carrying festival to the United Kingdom.”
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Occasions, stated: “We’re overjoyed that Scotland has been selected to host the inaugural UCI Biking Global Championships in 2023. I’d love to thank President Lappartient and the UCI for awarding the development to Glasgow and Scotland and for trusting us to deliver the imaginative and prescient of this thrilling and ancient new match to fruition. Securing a contest of this international magnitude reinforces Scotland’s place as the easiest level for occasions and one of the most global’s main carrying locations.
“The contest will as soon as once more supply any other vital alternative for each guests and locals to have fun one of the most global’s elite biking ability throughout a spread of occasions. We look ahead to operating intently with UCI and wider companions to ship this landmark match for Scotland.”
It’ll additionally supply alternatives together with volunteering and personnel building, in addition to supporting British athletes of their preparation and qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympic Video games.
Frank Slevin, Chair of British Biking, stated: “At British Biking, we don’t pass judgement on the good fortune of primary occasions handiest through the medals received, however through the numbers of folks impressed to get lively through getting on their motorcycles. Website hosting the 2023 UCI Biking Global Championships displays the pioneering good fortune of Scotland’s nationwide occasions technique, Scotland the Easiest Degree, and in addition represents an ideal alternative to turn into an entire country’s courting with the bicycle. We look ahead to operating with our colleagues at Scottish Biking to verify the advantages of this match can be felt in Scotland lengthy after the general race has been received.”
Nowadays’s announcement highlights the continuing good fortune of Scotland’s nationwide occasions technique, Scotland the Easiest Degree, in making sure a forged pipeline of occasions which ship sustainable have an effect on and global profile for the rustic. The 2023 UCI Biking Global Championships will sign up for a portfolio of primary occasions within the coming years, together with The 2019 Solheim Cup and UEFA EURO 2020 and can proceed Scotland’s adventure to being the easiest level for occasions.