BC lines up Glasgow bid for 2023 Worlds
Scottish city favoured by British Cycling and UK Sport, reports Vern Pitt
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.
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