UCI cycling bolsters Scotland's international reputation - Angus Robertson
The Scottish model is one that other countries have learnt from and want to share best practice with.
All eyes are currently on the forthcoming UCI World Cycling Championships which will take place in Scotland from 3rd to the 13th August this year. Not only will 13 individual world championship disciplines take place at the same championships in the same country, it will be the biggest ever cycling event. More than 190 world champions will be crowned and 2,600 athletes will be in Scotland to compete with a further 8,000 cyclists taking part in a mass participation event. The interest in the competition is growing at home and internationally.
That is why I was recently in Brussels to promote Scotland as a great venue for major events in general and the forthcoming UCI World Championships in particular. A round-table meeting was held at Scotland House, involving the European Commission, French and German permanent representations to the EU, Event Flanders, Event Scotland – Visit Scotland and Trudy Lindblade the Chief Executive of the 2023 UCI World Championships in Scotland.
Scotland House, the Brussels-based office of the Scottish Government, then hosted a fantastic reception to promote the cycling world championships to an audience from the international community. Proof, if ever it was needed, that Scotland’s international network does a fantastic job promoting the country around the world.