While the first ever combined “UCI Mega World Championships” for all cycling disciplines will take place in Glasgow, Scotland next August, the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship event is expected to moved to the small town of Perth – 100 kilometers north of Glasgow – according to The Courier local news.

3000 – 4000 amateur gran fondo cyclists, and their entourage, are expected to descend on Perth (population 40,000) on Friday 4 August for the time trial race and depart Monday 7 August after the gran fondo and medio fondo road races.

The local council has preliminarily approved hosting the world championship event, with a final decision dependent on environment, infrastructure and economic development committee recommendations. Costs to host the event are expected to be £280,000, including £100,000 to repair road surfaces.

While the exact course has not been revealed, it will start and finish in North Inch Park and possibly include much of the lumpy 159km and 77km Highland Perthshire cyclosportive course that begins just outside of town at the airport. The annual ride attracts 800+ riders and has used the popular and proven course for almost a decade.

Keep in mind Perth could be a very, very busy small town on that first weekend in August, with the annual Perth Agriculture Show, which attracts upwards of 20,000 attendees, also planning to take place alongside the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.

With only 16 hotels, Perth has a very limited number of rooms to let, 736 total. They are sure to sell-out quickly, so those planning or hoping to attend the world championships should not delay and make (cancellable) reservations now.

Photos: Perth, Highland Perthshire Challenge, Perth Show