SPORTS and tourism bosses are hailing the recent cycling championships — but critics claim they have been taken for a ride.
The blockbuster bike tournament clawed in around £70million for the economy and was hailed the “biggest ever” by organisers paving after taking over Glasgow city centre for a fortnight. UCI chiefs say around a million people turned out to watch the cycling with even more following along at home Residents and businesses were left frustrated with more than 140 road closures across the tournament Scotland’s greatest ever road racer Pippa York, 64, says bike legends, local clubs and volunteers were forgotten by organisers An estimated million spectators turned out for races — but locals say businesses took a hit, while road closures caused inconvenience for those living by routes.
Host chiefs say the city is ready to host further international competitions, with the World Indoor Athletics Championships taking centre stage next spring.
Paul Bush, director of events at tourist agency VisitScotland Director of Events, said: “Scotland is a world-class events destination and has a proven track record in delivering major events.
“These have helped bring a number of economic and social benefits to Scotland . Read more Scottish news
“As a country, we continue to successfully attract and deliver some of the world’s biggest events alongside our enviable portfolio of annual events and festivals .
“Looking ahead, we already have an exciting number of major events in the pipeline including the 2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships, The 152nd Open at Royal Troon, and […]