SCOTLAND has been announced as the inaugural host of what will be the world’s largest cycling competition.

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Cycling World Championships will take place at venues in Glasgow and across Scotland over two weeks in August 2023.

It has been awarded in recognition of the country’s proven expertise in delivering world-class and groundbreaking events.

The event will bring together 13 existing individual world championships into one event for the first time.

Thousands of the world’s best cyclists, all vying to win the iconic rainbow jersey, will come to Scotland to compete as the competition is broadcast to a global audience.

Commenting on the announcement made at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, the six-times Olympic champion Hoy said: “To see Glasgow build on the legacy of the Commonwealth Games in 2014 – and more recently the European Championships – to become the first city to host a combined cycling world championships is a real coup for the city and Scotland.

“I’m looking forward to what I know will be another fantastic event not only on the velodrome track in 2023, but across all disciplines of our great sport.”