Sportive Breaks

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From 3rd August to 5th August the world’s best cyclists will charge downhill in Fort William in the adrenaline-filled discipline of MTB Downhill. The riders take on a course of jumps, bumps, berms and rock gardens reaching speeds of up to 80km/h. 

The course stretches 2.8km long and drops a whopping 550m. It takes concentration to conquer this course and one stray rock or wrong move will cost the rider the ultimate prize, the Rainbow Jersey. 

Watch the video to see what you can expect! 

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2023 UCI Cycling World Championships
3 - 13 August

In the first event of its kind - never seen nor cycled before - the world’s greatest riders will come together in Glasgow and across Scotland in August 2023 to compete at the highest level over thirteen world championships. Across various venues in Scotland we will celebrate cycling and cycling culture for the first time with this many cycling disciplines on show in the same location. Don't miss out and be part of this once in a lifetime event with Sportive Breaks

Available packages for the 2023 UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Championships in Fort William


Choice of hotels in Perth

Guided Rides

Recons of Gran Fondo courses

Included Meals

Room Only or breakfast included. Dinners at selected hotels



Mechanics available throughout your stay at our event hub in Perth

Guided Warm Up Ride

Ride the day before both ITT & Gran Fondo

Bike Transport

Overland Bike Transport Service in the UK available with our event partners


Group transfers available from Glasgow and Edinburgh Airport. Private transfers also available

Tour Itinerary

Day To Day

Airport Transfers – 

Available from Edinburgh Airport – £ 40 single and £ 80 return and Glasgow Airport £45 single and £90 return.

Please make your own arrangements to arrive at your chosen hotel in Perth today or make use of our airport transfers. We provide a regular service from both Edinburgh (EDI) and Glasgow (GLA) airports. We will welcome you at the airport at our welcome desk and your coach will be waiting outside the terminal. We will also transport your bike in its box or bag. Transfers start at 10.00 and will be every two hours until 18.00 so 10.00, 12.00, 14.00, 16.00 and 18.00.


Transport of Bike Boxes – Available at £20 per bike per journey

If you are travelling with a bike box or bag, then we offer transportation at £20 per bike per journey. Please book this in advance to ensure that there is space on our vehicle.


Our hotels

We offer a large selection of hotels in Perth to suit every budget. All our hotels are in Perth, so you are close to the location of the event registrations, the start, the finish, the podium ceremonies, and the after-party. From hostel accommodation to 4-star hotels and from self-catering to bed and breakfast and half board. Please refer to the hotel details page of your chosen hotel to find out more about what’s included.


What about my bike?

We are operating a centrally located bike store with continuous service from our team of bike mechanics. The bike store is within easy cycling distance of most hotels and close to all important venues in Perth. Bikes can be safely stored either at the hotel or at our bike store. Please check each hotel’s description for the details of where your bike will be stored.

Our mechanic will be available this afternoon at the hotel to assist you with fitting your rental bike or building your own bike after travel.

Evening meals will be available at your hotel if you have booked a hotel that includes this. Alternatively Perth has many restaurants to enjoy.

After breakfast, please ensure that you register for tomorrow’s event. We also offer a guided ride on the Gran Fondo route.

Event Registration

  • 09.00 – 18.00 Registration and collection of race packs – Headquarters in Perth at Perth Concert Hall
  • 09.00 – 15.00 – Technical briefing for Gran Fondo and Medio Fondo – Headquarters in Perth at Perth Concert Hall.

Guided Ride

After breakfast and any final bike adjustments, we will take you on a supported, guided ride exploring the Gran Fondo course. A short coffee spin has been organised to keep your legs moving, but nothing too strenuous the day before the sportive.

After the ride, please make your way to the event expo in Perth to collect your race pack and attend the technical briefing for tomorrow’s Gran Fondo.

Today is the day!

Getting to the start

For some of you, your bike will be stored at our event hub in Perth which is located within easy walking distance of your hotel and the start and finish. Please come and collect your bike in plenty of time.

For those of you who have your bikes stored at your hotels, it’s just a short roll out from each of our hotels to the start line. Please make your own way to the start this morning, based on your own start time. Our staff will be on hand this morning if you have any last-minute mechanical issues, or if you need directions to the start line.

Provisional itinerary

  • 10.00 – 16.30 Gran Fondo
  • 10.30 – Medio Fondo races
  • 11.45 – Start of the public 100m mile Sportive
  • 14.15 – Start of the short distance Sportive
  • 17.00 – 2023 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships Podium ceremonies – Perth

After breakfast, please check out of the hotel and depart. Our airport transfers to Glasgow or Edinburgh Airport depart after breakfast.

Edinburgh Airport

We will run 3 transfers back to Edinburgh airport today in line with the most popular departure flight times. Our first departure transfer leaves at 07.00 and will arrive at the airport at 08.30 in time for flights departing after 11.00. Our second transfer departs at 09.00 for flights departing after 13.00 and our third and final transfer departs Perth at 11.00 for flights departing Edinburgh Airport after 15.00.

Glasgow Airport

Departure transfer information TBC

Alternatively join us for a 2-night extension to watch the road races in Glasgow.

Glasgow extension

The Junior Road Races take place on Saturday 5 August. The men’s Elite Road Race takes place on a route between Edinburgh and Glasgow on Sunday 6 August. Join us for a two-night stay in the centre of Glasgow and be right in the heart of the action of the finish of the Men’s Elite Road Race.

We will depart Perth after breakfast, and we’ll arrive in Glasgow before all the day’s action starts.

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More About the 2023 UCI Mountain Bike Downhill in Fort William

The 2023 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships will take place in Perth, Scotland.  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 25% 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: Gran Fondo and Medio Fondo take place on Friday 4th August 2023 with a route that starts and finishes in Perth. The Time Trial takes place on Monday 7th August in Dundee.


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