BC lines up Glas­gow bid for 2023 Worlds

Scot­tish city favoured by Bri­tish Cy­cling and UK Sport, re­ports Vern Pitt

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Bri­tish Cy­cling is work­ing on a bid to host the com­bined cy­cling World Cham­pi­onships in 2023 with Glas­gow top of its list of po­ten­tial venues, it has emerged.

The com­bined cham­pi­onships would in­cor­po­rate road rac­ing, track rac­ing, BMX, down­hill and moun­tain bike events.

The UCI be­lieves that host­ing all the dis­ci­plines to­gether at the same time will help to boost the pro­file of the Worlds.

A sim­i­lar strat­egy was used at this year’s Eu­ro­pean Cham­pi­onships, hosted by Glas­gow, which were sched­uled along­side Eu­ro­pean swim­ming and ath­let­ics com­pe­ti­tions. The suc­cess of that is part of the rea­son why the UCI granted BC and Glas­gow a pe­riod of ex­clu­sivit y to bid ear­lier this year.

BC’S Glas­gow plans al­ready have the sup­port of UK Sport and it is in talks with the Scot­tish and lo­cal gov­ern­ment. It is ex­pected to cost tens of mil­lions of pounds to host.

The gov­ern­ing body is very keen that the bid in­cludes ways to en­sure the event has a legacy, like the Tour de France Grand Dé­part in York­shire in 2014, which spawned the Tour de York­shire race.

Easy ac­cess to ap­pro­pri­ate venues for down­hill moun­tain bik­ing are a ma­jor part of why Glas­gow is BC’S pre­ferred op­tion.

Although BC has a pe­riod of ex­clu­siv­ity to put to­gether its bid, Switzer­land, France and Italy are also queue­ing up to host the 2023 Worlds.

The min­utes of BC’S July board meet­ing added that Si­mon Mor­ton, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer at UK Sport, Julie Har­ring­ton, chief ex­ec­u­tive of BC and Jonathon Rigby, BC com­mer­cial di­rec­tor, had been en­gaged in look­ing at the fea­si­bil­ity of host­ing the event.

A de­ci­sion from the UCI on who will host it is ex­pected early next year.

Mean­while, Bri­tish Cy­cling is cur­rently in the mid­dle of a ten­der process to de­cide who will run the Tour of Bri­tain in fu­ture.

The race has been run by Bri­tish or­gan­iser Sweetspot since its in­cep­tion, in its cur­rent form, in 2004.

BC con­firmed that it had re­ceived bids from three other or­gan­is­ers along­side Sweetspot. Though BC would not con­firm the iden­tity of the bid­ders, Tour de France or­gan­iser ASO has pre­vi­ously ex­pressed an in­ter­est in run­ning the race when it was put out for ten­der in 2013. ASO cur­rently runs the Tour de York­shire in col­lab­o­ra­tion with lo­cal tourism pro­moter Wel­come to York­shire.

Glaswe­gian streets are no stranger to cy­clists

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