HISTORIC: Sections of Clacks were chosen for routes in the Men’s Elite Road Race as part of the UCI Cycling World Championships. Pictures provided by Scott Barron Photography. THE UCI Cycling World Championships were simply dazzling.
Over 11 days, a million people roared on competitors around Scotland. So many iconic sporting moments will be remembered on courses which were a stunning showcase of what Scotland has to offer.
It was wonderful to see the men’s road race go over the Clackmannanshire Bridge and to see the Ochils on TV.
The "Power of the Bike" was the championship’s headline and it lived up to all expectations, powering up tourism and getting unprecedented global coverage.
There was something special about the feel of all the events I attended. Thousands of avid cycling fans from across the world were brought together with huge numbers of folk who were just inspired by what was happening right on their doorstep.
Many visitors I spoke to said they will be coming back to Scotland again to explore our country.
But what will the long term legacy from the championships will be? Do major sporting events really encourage active healthy lifestyles?Previous cycling championships around the world have seen the image of cycling improve and better elite sports facilities built.However, that hasn’t always translated into people getting on their bikes to head to work or the shops. Can the world championships leave a better legacy this time?The Scottish Government has already established the £8million Cycling Facilities Fund that’s putting in place some great […]