Glasgow’s role as host of the inaugural UCI Cycling World Championships has been deemed a “huge success”, with more than half a million spectators showing up to cheer on world-class athletes from all around the world.
The biggest-ever cycling event across the globe drew to a close on Sunday, with the culmination of the women’s road race at George Square.
Belgium’s Lotte Kopecky claimed the top spot following a thrilling finish to the race that saw tens of thousands line the route between Balloch and Glasgow.
It was the first time the women’s elite road race has closed a UCI World Championship, with 207 riders taking on the 154.1km course.
It is estimated that more than 500,000 viewers enjoyed the world-class sporting action across 11 days by either lining the streets or at the city’s five cycling competition venues. Mathieu Van der Poel of the Netherlands celebrates winning the men’s elite road race. In addition to Glasgow, spectators lined roads, ramps, and routes at locations including Stirling, Edinburgh, Perth and Kinross, Dundee, Angus, Fife, Falkirk, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, and Dumfries and Galloway.
A total of 653 medals were awarded and 220 UCI Rainbow jersey races were raced.
UCI president David Lappartient said: “The inaugural UCI Cycling World Championships have taken our sport to new heights.“The 13 UCI World Championships that took place in Glasgow and across Scotland united all members of the wide cycling family, bringing together different disciplines, an unprecedented number of nations and a record number of television viewers worldwide.“The fantastic […]