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UCI Mountain Bike Cross Country World Championship Glasgow 2023

6th August 2023

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Mountain Bike Cross-Country 

6th August the Mountain Bike Marathon will take place between the 8th-12th August, the worlds best cyclists will attack the trails in the legendary Glentress Forest famous for technical climbs and fast descents. 

Mountain Bike Cross-Country Marathon

After a mass start the riders will take on this epic course covering 100km it will push the riders to their limits across road, gravel, punishing climbs and long descents.  Line the trails and cheer on these unbelievable cyclists and witness a new world champion take the rainbow stripes! 

Mountain Bike Cross-Country 

With a mixture of events there is something for everyone to enjoy watching. The riders will take on this challenging terrain testing their strength, endurance and grit over the duration of the race which lasts over an hour long. Cross-Country short track burns the riders legs for a intense 20 minute race with laps of 1-1.5KM long. Riders can share the pain with the Cross-Country Team Relay. Extra technical sections will be added for the riders taking on the course with Electric Mountain bikes but don’t be fooled this is still a challenging race with the help of electric! 

Don’t miss out on this epic trip!  

More About the Event

The 2023 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships will take place in Glasgow and Scotland. the venues for the two events will be confirmed at a later date.  The event brings together qualifying cyclists from all over the world. The winner in each age group will have the honour of wearing the coveted rainbow jersey for a year as official UCI Gran Fondo world champion.

Launched in 2011, the UCI Gran Fondo World Series (formerly known as the UCI World Cycling Tour) is a series of UCI-sanctioned road races held all over the world. Throughout the 2022-2023 season, a series of events will qualify the top 20% in each age group for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. The age group winners of the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships are awarded the UCI rainbow jersey. The qualifier events are open to riders of all levels: those who aim to make the podium and others who wish to cross the finish line in the best possible time.  For more information:

The Gran Fondo and Medio Fondo take place on Friday 4th August 2023 with a route that starts and finishes in a location to be confirmed in Scotland. The Time Trial takes place on Monday 7th August in a location TBC.

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Amateur riders can be world champions too! Qualify at a series of events worldwide and represent your country in Scotland at the 2023 UCI Grand Fondo World Championships and Time Trial.

Track Cycling

Enjoy the atmosphere at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow. Take your seat track side and be there for the various disciplines of the fast and furious sport of track cycling.

MTB Downhill

The stunning surroundings of Nevis Range and Fort William also provide an awe-inspiring backdrop for both athletes and visiting spectators from around the world.

BMX Racing

BMX Racing heads to the Glasgow BMX Centre in Knightswood, where fans will see the world’s best compete in high-speed sprint races across a purpose-built racetrack.

Road Races

The city’s  famous George Square will play host to the finish line of the road cycling events. The roads and landmarks around the city will showcase the exciting event which traditionally attracts huge crowds of spectators. 

Time Trials

Stirling will provide the stage for some of the world’s best cyclists after being announced as the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships time trial venue as part of the biggest cycling event ever held.

MTB Marathon and Cross Country

The variety of technical terrain at Glentress will challenge even the most seasoned MTB Marathon and Cross Country riders.

BMX Freestyle and Parkland

Kelvingrove Park will be packed with action as it welcomes cycling’s newest Olympic discipline, BMX Freestyle Park as well as BMX Freestyle Flatland and trials.

Para Road Races and Time Trials

The world’s best para-cyclists take on Scotland’s roads in Dumfries and Galloway, on the road and time trials.

Artistic Cycling and Cycle-Ball

The Emirates Arena will come alive with cycling’s awe-inspiring disciplines of artistic cycling and cycle-ball.


Riders hop, hook and wheel jump their way up, down and over purpose-built obstacles designed to test the extremes of bicycle-based agility and technical skill. 

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