Riders in the women’s road race compete in the streets of Glasgow, which belied concerns about the city’s suitability as host. Less than 12 months from the opening ceremony of the Paris Olympic Games, British cycling’s good health was evident across the UCI Cycling World Championships, which ended in Glasgow on Sunday afternoon.
From Tom Pidcock’s gold medal in the men’s Olympic mountain biking event, to Elinor Barker and Neah Evans ’s world title in the women’s madison, Josh Tarling ’s bronze in the men’s time trial and Beth Shriever’s gold in the BMX supercross, there were stellar performances across the multidisciplined event from rapidly maturing talents.
Cycling World Championships 2023 – in pictures
British athletes claimed 100 medals in the world championships, including 34 world titles, across the road, para-road, track, para-track, BMX racing, BMX freestyle park, mountain bike cross-country and downhill disciplines.
Glasgow, depicted by traditionalists as an inappropriate location for the 10 days of frenzied competition in the first “super-worlds”, in fact rose to the occasion with the steep slope of Montrose Street, or the “Mur de Montrose”, and the dramatic setting of Glentress Forest becoming focal points.
However, in a packed schedule of events there were also logistical issues, as British Cycling’s performance director, Stephen Park, acknowledged. “When we arrived here we were a little bit apprehensive.” Park said. “Thirteen world championships, all together – organisationally, practically, it’s been really difficult.“We obviously have a huge team of people, 20 mechanics on site, doing the different disciplines. We’ve had over […]