Stirling prepares for arrival of UCI Cycling World Championships

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Stirling Council has advised residents and businesses to “start planning ahead” for the UCI Cycling World Championships.

As the city centre prepares to host three time trials in the cycling world championships, locals are warned of road and parking disruptions.

Roads closed during this period are Albert Place; Baker Street; Bank Street; Bow Street; Broad Street; Castle Wynd; Corn Exchange Road; Dumbarton Road; King Street; Murray Place; Queen’s Road; Port Street; and Spittal Street.

Wednesday, 9 August will bring the Men’s U23 time trial and will see closures from 6.30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Closures will take effect from 6.15 a.m. – 6.45 p.m. on Thursday, 10 August for the Women’s junior and elite trials.

The Men’s junior and elite trials will take place on Friday, 11 August with closures from 5 a.m. – 9.30 p.m.

A parking suspension will also take place on King Street and Murray Place from Tuesday, 8 August (5.30 p.m.) until Friday, 11 August (9.30 p.m.)

Three road races will pass through Stirling’s surrounding areas but will only require “short term rolling road closures”.

Local residents have also been warned of a change to household waste collection but are due to receive another letter from Stirling Council with further information.

2023 UCI Time Trial Events Routes. Image Credit: yourstirling
Stirling Time Trial Events Routes. Image Credit: yourstirling

The Championships

Previously, the UCI held various Cycling World Championships in multiple locations across the year.

However, this year is the first instalment of combined Championships, as Scotland stages 13 events across ten days. This will be the biggest cycling event – not just in Scotland, but in the world.

It will bring more than 8000 athletes from 200 countries to Scotland’s central belt – in comparison to the 176 riders who competed in the Tour de France this year. One million spectators are expected to attend in person.

The Championships officially begin with an opening ceremony at Glasgow’s George Square from 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 2 August. This will include performances by Scottish artists and headlining act, KT Tunstall.

From then on, George Square will be a hub for fans to enjoy live entertainment and keep up with the elite athletes.

Stirling will be bustling during the Championships and Stirling Council leader, Councillor Scott Farmer has another reason to be excited: “It’ll once again provide inspiration for people of all ages and abilities to get active and live healthier lifestyles.

“We can all be inspired by watching world class athletes in action, on our very doorsteps.”

Find information at www.stirling.gov.uk/unichamps, or visit www.cyclingworldchamps.com for a closer look at the Championships and cycle routes.

Featured Image Credit: British Cycling

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