[Press Release]: 300,000 spectators watch an epic Scotland-wide Road Race along the route, as Mathieu van der Poel is crowned UCI World Champion.
Over 300k spectators lined the demanding 271km route, cheering on the best riders in the world as they took on hills, scenic vistas and changeable weather, in a dramatic fight for the rainbow jersey in the Men's Elite Road Race on Sunday 6 August.
The 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships wishes to thank the hundreds of thousands of fans who lined the streets to create a rousing atmosphere for riders and an unforgettable spectacle during the elite men’s road race from Edinburgh to Glasgow. The organisers have estimated the number of fans across the entire route was in excess of 300,000, with 190,000 of those turning out around the Glasgow Circuit specifically.
Avid cycling fans and curious locals of all ages showed their support for one of the showpiece races of the 11-day mega event - which encompasses 13 UCI World Championships - taking place in Glasgow and across Scotland.
The route from the capital to Glasgow, taking in Fife, Falkirk, Stirling, Clackmannanshire and East Dunbartonshire, was lined with spectators, culminating in a spectacular finish around a challenging 10 lap, 14.3km city centre circuit. Crowds cheered the epic finale in the heart of George Square, as Mathieu Van der Poel became the first men’s Dutch UCI World Champion in the road race for nearly forty years.
Paul Bush OBE, 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, Chair said “Firstly, I would like to pay tribute to the fans who came out in such huge numbers, in towns and cities across the Edinburgh to Glasgow route, to inspire the riders and create such a memorable men’s road race experience for everyone.
“The excitement and atmosphere generated reinforces Scotland’s status as a world-class major event destination and it was particularly heartening to see so many young people savouring the experience.
“The race was temporarily interrupted in the Carron Valley and was successfully re-started. It was clear from the enthusiasm of the crowds lining the streets that it did not detract from a memorable race against a backdrop of Scotland’s most stunning and iconic landmarks. “
Trudy Lindblade, Chief Executive Officer said “Today was a pivotal moment in this history-making Championships, with a magnificent spectacle on the road in front of thousands of fans and millions more watching on TV across the world.
“We now look forward to another week of world-class cycling across the country, culminating in next week’s showpiece event when the women’s road race brings the curtain down on this first-of-its-kind championships.”
The first four days of the Championships have been hugely successfully, as we now look forward to another seven days of world class cycling across Scotland, including BMX Racing at Glasgow BMX Centre, Para-cycling road racing in Dumfries and Galloway and the Individual Time Trial races in Stirling.
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Mathieu van der Poel (Gold), Wout Van Aert (Silver) and Tadej Pogacar (Bronze).