Glentress will host two mountain bike events at the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships

Most events take place in Glasgow, but some take place elsewhere, and Glentress has been selected as the ninth venue for the Championship in Scotland from August 3-13.

Glentress Forest – located just over 90km south-east of Glasgow, between Peebles and Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders – is the fourth venue announced outside Glasgow.

Dumfries and Galloway will host the para-cycling road competitions, Stirling is set to host the road time trials and Fort William has been selected for the downhill mountain biking.

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Elena McGorum in action at Glentress, where the world’s best will compete in the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships next year. Photo: Jeff Holmes

With 13 existing UCI World Championships combined for the first time to create a mega event for the first time, organizers expect over one million spectators.

Elena McGorum, who is from nearby Peebles and has cycled at Glentress from a young age, is listed as an up-and-coming cross-country racer.

She said: “I’m really excited. I have so many fond memories of riding here, so to think there is an opportunity to compete in a World Championship at Glentress is special. It’s not something we ever get the chance to do to compete alongside every other cycling discipline.

Scottish rider Charlie Aldridge, the 2019 UCI men’s mountain bike junior world champion, added: “To have the opportunity to compete in a world championship in front of a local audience would be an incredible experience.”

Charlie Aldridge in action at Glentress, where the world’s best will compete next year

Maria R. Newman