Glasgow, Scotland will host the first edition of the International Cycling Union (UCI) Combined World Championships in 2023 for all cycling disciplines – including Gran Fondo World Championship events.

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The new Combined “Mega” World Championship format will award over 200 coveted rainbow striped world championship jerseys to champions in each discipline, with the aim of holding the Mega World Championships every four years – just like the Olympics.

UCI president David Lappartient hopes that combining the cycling disciplines in one world championship event will promote and elevate the sport to a new higher level in the world. “Bringing our existing UCI World Championships together at the same time and in one venue every four years was one of my visions before my election as UCI President in 2017.”

The championships will feature 14 cycling disciplines in Glasgow over 11 days from 3 -13 August 2023.  Events include Gran Fondo, road, cross-country, marathon, downhill, velodrome track, BMX, artistic/cycle-ball and Para-cycling events.  It is unclear if the sports newest discipline, gravel racing, will be included.

Galsgow expects 2700 Pro athletes, 3000 Elite amateurs, 700 international journalists and over 5000 gran fondo amateurs to attend.  Plus, over one million spectators are expected.

Amateur gran fondo participants from across the globe will need to qualify at UCI Gran Fondo World Series events beginning in late 2022.