Almost 200,000 fans flocked to Stirling to watch the UCI Cycling World Championships individual time trials Almost 200,000 spectators flocked to Stirling for the three days of the UCI Cycling World Championships individual time trials last week.
Thousands more lined the route to cheer on the world’s top bike riders as they plotted their way across the region.
The events started on Wednesday and fans from around the globe thronged to the city streets to watch the world’s best cyclists climb up to the finish on Stirling Castle esplanade on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Millions also tuned in on TV around the world to watch the action with many of the area’s top landmarks a key feature of the broadcasts.
Footfall counters, installed by Go Forth Stirling BID, recorded a 61 per cent increase in visitors during the three days the city hosted the event compared with the previous week.
Across the three days, a total of 192,475 visitors were counted – an additional 74,935 people compared to the 117,540 recorded the week before.
Friday was the busiest day for spectators with 80,000 people heading into the city to soak up the atmosphere – 62 per cent more than the week before.On the final day the city centre was a vibrant hub of activity, as supporters donned their national colours, fancy outfits, flags and wigs for the men’s elite individual time trial.Spectators from Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Italy, USA, Ireland, Slovenia and South Africa joined supporters from the home nations and local Stirling cycling enthusiasts.The […]