One of the 10 biggest sporting events in the world coming to the borders


GLENTRESS Forest, which is in the Tweed Valley, has been named as one of nine current host venues for the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships.

Some of the world’s best mountain bikers will tackle its famous terrain when it hosts the Mountain Bike Cross-country and Mountain Bike Cross-country Marathon as part of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships taking place in Glasgow and across Scotland in August 2023. .

The championships will be the first time that Glentress Forest has staged an event of such international scale despite its legendary status among mountain bike enthusiasts as one of the famous 7Stanes trail centers and its reputation as a breeding ground for classy riders. world.

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Taking place over 11 days from August 3-13, 2023, over one million spectators are expected along with a global TV audience of around one billion, making it one of the top 10 sporting events in the world.

Councilor Euan Jardine, Head of Scottish Borders Council said: “I am extremely proud that by working with a number of partners, including South of Scotland Enterprise and Forestry and Land Scotland, we have been able to bring these World Championship events UCI in Scotland. Borders.

“This will not only enhance the reputation of the Tweed Valley as one of the best mountain biking locations in the world, but also the Scottish Borders in general as Scotland’s premier cycling destination.

“Glentress has been a catalyst for change and growth for a number of years, bringing cyclists to the area, boosting tourism, investment and jobs, and getting more people to ride. The communities of the Tweed Valley, their support and enthusiasm have also been instrumental in making it such a special and unique place for cycling.

“The short and long term benefits of hosting the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championship will be significant for our local economy and that is why we are so determined to bring more events of this scale to the region.”

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John Dougan, Regional Director of Forestry and Land Scotland, said: “Hosting these two UCI World Championship events will be a tremendous inauguration for the new updated Glentress layout which is currently under development.

“Our refreshed offering will include a new skill area, new trails and new trail features, all implemented as part of our Glentress Master Plan. This work will bring the site and its 45 miles of mountain bike trails up to national and international racing standards.

“We look forward to the 2023 events and are sure it will be a huge success and mark the start of an exciting new chapter for Glentress, hoping it will host many more top-flight events in the future. ”


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