100 Days to Go and 23 Million Mile Challenge
We celebrated 100 days to go until the inaugural 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships on 25 April. This momentous occasion was celebrated throughout Glasgow, with celebrations held in George Square.
Showcasing Scotland as a place of invention and innovation, endurance athlete Jenny Tough and YouTuber Katie Kookaburra started their journey from The Crichton in Dumfries before cycling 94 miles towards Glasgow, cycling past the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, the venue for Track and Para-Cycling Track once they reached Glasgow. They also passed through Glasgow Green, the venue for BMX Freestyle (both Flatland and Park), and Trials before being joined by eleven-time UCI Track World Champion and six-time Olympic Champion Sir Chris Hoy and nineteen-time UCI Para-Cycling World Champion and eight-time Paralympic Champion Jody Cundy at the finish into George Square.
Static bikes were placed in George Square to kick off the 23 Million Mile Challenge, with passers-by encouraged to join the challenge and log the first miles. Cyclists across the UK are urged to complete as many miles as possible between April and the UCI Cycling World Championships taking place in August. Through the digital Love to Ride platform, cyclists can set goals, log their rides, track their progress, and connect with other riders through the network. Users can take part individually and contribute as few, or as many miles as they like. Individuals will earn chances to win prizes by riding their bikes and encouraging others to do the same. You can learn more about Love to Ride and sign up here - https://www.lovetoride.net/uk.
If you haven’t already read through the Get Ready Glasgow Business Ready Guide, you can find it here on the Get Ready Glasgow website.
The guide has been produced by event delivery partners to provide businesses located in and around the city with a variety of information related to the event, alongside useful contacts, potential opportunities, and areas they should be planning for, ahead of event time.
If you’re wondering what your business can do to prepare and how to get involved in the championships, here’s some ideas:
- 23-million-mile challenge and potential employee engagement activity – find out more here - https://www.cyclingworldchamps.com/get-involved/23-million-mile-challenge/
- Download public guidelines for business use from getreadyglasgow.com
- Check out the Cycling World Championships Business Toolkit
- Read the Visit Scotland Cycling Tourism Industry Guide
- Consider event-time offers you may want to promote
Road Race Championships
Loch’s, castles, iconic monuments, and stunning towns and cities from across Scotland will provide the perfect backdrop for 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships as further details of the World Championship Elite road routes were unveiled this week.
This announcement builds on the initial overview of road routes revealed last September during the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong, Australia. It includes new details and full routes for the road races (Men Elite, Women Elite and Men Under 23), Individual Time Trials (all categories) and Time Trial Mixed Relays.
Get Ready Glasgow has developed road closure maps - https://www.cyclingworldchamps.com/news/all-roads-lead-to-glasgow-and-scotland-as-further-road-route-details-announced/. If you haven’t already had a look at the road closure maps associated with the road race routes and in particular the Glasgow City Circuit, you can find them here - https://www.getreadyglasgow.com/cycling-worlds/traffic-and-travel on the Get Ready Glasgow website.
The Road Race World Championships competition dates:
- Saturday 5 August – Juniors
- Sunday 6 August – Men Elite
- Tuesday 8 August – Team Time Trial Mixed Relay
- Saturday 12 August – Men under 23
- Sunday 13 August – Women Under 23 & Elite and Para-Cycling
Hosting these road races with courses to build and large numbers of riders and spectators to manage will, inevitably, impact on city operations and being able to move around the city. Therefore, we are providing as much information as possible regarding the potential impacts, parking restrictions and road closures, to let people plan ahead.
Road closures, on or near the road race route, will come into effect from 0001hours, Friday 4 August until 2359hours, Tuesday 8 August and then again on 0001hours, Saturday 12 August until 2359hours, Sunday 13 August. Parking restrictions will be in place from 31st July to 14th August, with parking suspended on the race routes. If people park here during this time, they could be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice and have their car removed by parking attendants.
Road Race City Centre Circuit Access
Due to the extended period of road closures in the city centre and west end from 0001hours, Friday 4 August until 2359hours, Tuesday 8 August, and then again on 0001hours, Saturday 12 August until 2359hours, Sunday 13 August, event organisers are finalising plans to ensure that business owners and residents within the Glasgow city circuit can have vehicular access and service their premises and receive deliveries during specific periods.
Parking restrictions will be in place from 31st July to 14th August, with parking suspended on the race routes. If people park here during this time, they could be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice and have their car removed by parking attendants. The access plan will be available from beginning June and will be added to the Get Ready Glasgow website.
Future Engagement Activities
Following the first, successful, Get Ready Glasgow Engagement Event on 30 March at Platform, the team is preparing a follow-on, online event, on 12 July. Invites, through usual channels, will be issued shortly and advertised on the Get Ready Glasgow website.
This event will provide more detail on the potential impacts of the road races and road closures on certain days and how and when access will be provided while the road closures are in place. There will also be more information on resources for businesses and the Go Live! Programme that will run alongside the sporting competition.
Joint Drop-In Event with TRNSMT Organisers
The Get Ready Glasgow team took part in a community engagement drop in for Glasgow Green events, held at Calton Heritage and Learning Centre on Wednesday, 24 May. This drop in was for local businesses and residents, to hear more about the events taking place on Glasgow green over the summer.
Glasgow Green is a host venue for BMX Freestyle Park, BMX Freestyle Flatland, and BMX Trials throughout the 11-day championships.