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  1. amir
    Member

    Anyone know anything about the world champs bring in Scotland in 2023?
    https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/show/Search_View.aspx?id=NOV433637

    Posted 1 year ago #
  2. amir
    Member

    Ah
    https://www.cyclingworldchamps.com/

    Posted 1 year ago #
  3. crowriver
    Member

    Full details of all the events in Glesca here:

    https://www.cyclingworldchamps.com/news/two-years-to-go

    Nowt for Embra folk to enjoy alas. Unless you want to trek west to see the events in person. For the rest, there's Eurosport...

    Posted 1 year ago #
  4. SRD
    Moderator

    trek west? It's less than an hour on the train? I think we can cope?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  5. crowriver
    Member

    Only under an hour if you live above Waverley Station and just going to Arrivée of the road race in George Square. Be about 2 hours to get to the velodrome from inner Edinburgh by public transport. Nearest station Dalmarnock, I think. About the same to get to the BMX centre, but a different direction once you're in Glasgow. Emirates Arena or Kelvngrove about an hour and a half. So potentially up to four hours round trip to see some track cycling for instance.

    Probably simpler to drive to the more outlying events, but not an option for this household. Anyway another year and a half to make plans (or not, as the case may be).

    Posted 1 year ago #
  6. SRD
    Moderator

    glass half-full - omg there's an amazing, incredible range of cycling going on within our (small) country

    glass half-empty - they're not all on my doorstep. guess i'll watch it all on (subscription) tv instead

    Posted 1 year ago #
  7. crowriver
    Member

    Whatever.

    It's great the World Championships are coming to Scotland, just a pity it's all happening in Glasgow. Understandable as that's where all the facilities are now. The prospect of a four hour round trip to the velodrome is a deal breaker for me frankly. More dedicated cycling fans may not feel that way of course. Music fans often travel to see gigs in Barrowlands, SECC, etc.

    It was a similar story during the recent Commonwealth Games. Except we had the swimming on our (figurative) doorstep.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  8. PS
    Member

    Nowt for Embra folk to enjoy alas.

    There was some speculation that the road races (perhaps only the really long ones) might start in Edinburgh before going somewhere hilly to then finish with a city centre circuit in Glasgow. I've no idea when they will actually announce the routes.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  9. Murun Buchstansangur
    Member

    If Edinburgh wanted to host any of the events, maybe the powers-that-be should have done something about it, apart from, y'know, demolishing the main cycle sport facility in the city in order to build more flats to end up on AirBnB.

    Well done Glasgow for going out and achieving, and I'll be attending as many events as possible.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  10. crowriver
    Member

    @MB, there were some vague noises when demolition was announced about a replacement facility (more of an outdoor cycling track on the Dundee / Fife model than a velodrome) up by the Jack Kane Centre in Craigmillar.

    That was back in 2013. Demolition took place five years later. Naturally, no replacement facility has actually been built. Yet. Perhaps never will.

    Lest we forget:

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    Sir Chris Hoy laments loss of Meadowbank velodrome

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/commonwealth-games/25360327

    Posted 1 year ago #
  11. deckard112
    Member

    There is still a huge amount of information to be released on 2023 and there will be events all over Scotland, not just in Glasgow (although granted not in Edinburgh). There are 13 disciplines to accommodate and there should also be inclusive non-competitive events and activities in support given the scale of the event. The fact a UCI event of this scale is coming to Scotland is phenomenal.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  12. acsimpson
    Member

    I'm not sure that Scotland could justify two world class international velodromes. However a single velodrome does nothing for grass roots level sport. No one starting out in Edinburgh is going to want to travel to Glasgow for training 2 or more times a week, let a alone Aberdeen or further north. What is needed for grass roots sports is lots of smaller venues. These needed have spectator space but would need to be all weather facilities, either indoors or outdoors with an all weather surface.

    Taking the public transport to the SCH velodrome is under an hour and a half from Edinburgh which isn't much more than driving, parking and walking to the venue. However what will make most car owners choose to drive will be the cost which is likely to be far more for public transport.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  13. crowriver
    Member

    @acsimpson, door to door about two hours, depending on where exactly you live, wait time for train, etc. Could be longer if not living near a station. Cheaper by bus but slower. Used to get the 900 to Glesca quite a lot when younger as train was expensive at peak times - possibly still is.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  14. acsimpson
    Member

    For a good chunk of the city the bus is quicker too. Primarily if you live beyond Murrayfield and near the A8 for instance.
    From my house Google suggests between 1.30 and 1.40 including walking to Maybury to catch the bus.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  15. crowriver
    Member

    Peak ("Anytime") day return to Dalmarnock is currently £27, which is a fair whack. Off-peak £15, which makes it competitive with 900 Citylink, £10 return to Buchanan Street but then either local train or bus to Dalmarnock.

    If west of Corstorphine bus is a no brainer right enough.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  16. deckard112
    Member

    @acsimpsom - the Cycling Facilities Fund of £8m was launched last year to put grassroots facilities in place across the country and a large number of applications are progressing well https://sportfirst.sportscotland.org.uk/articles/cycling-facilities-on-track/

    There is also Fife Cycle Park in Lochgelly and the West Lothian Cycle Circuit which is also progressing well in its fund raise.

    There were also plans to build an outdoor velodrome at the Jake Kane centre although I'm not sure what's happening with that.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  17. SRD
    Moderator

    We take our bikes on the train. easy run to the velodrome from the station. as @acsimpson says, no more than an hour and a half. main problem we found was actually getting velodrome time.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  18. crowriver
    Member

    @deckard112, the BMX pump track at Jack Kane has opened I think, but there was apparently a funding shortfall for the outdoor track / velodrome. That was in 2019, not sure if Sport Scotland has come up with any money since then to progress the plans.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  19. fimm
    Member

    Just been announced that the race for the elite men will start in Edinburgh:
    https://www.cyclingworldchamps.com/news/2023-uci-cycling-worlds-set-for-stunning-road-races-amid-scotlands-most-iconic-landmarks/
    looks like they'll be going over the Forth Bridge.
    The women and U23 men start by Loch Lomond. Everyone does the same finishing circuit (while I'm assuming as the same as or very similar to the one used in the Commonwealth Games.)

    Posted 2 months ago #
  20. Murun Buchstansangur
    Member

    "The Men Elite road race will be held on Sunday 6 August 2023 starting at the awe inspiring dormant volcano, Arthur’s Seat, and then progress through Edinburgh’s Old Town, passing close Edinburgh Castle before crossing the Firth of Forth and taking in the breathtaking coastline of Fife.

    Riders, spectators and the global TV audience will next take in views including the stunning sculpture of The Kelpies and then the National Wallace Monument before proceeding down the popular cycling route of the Crow Road on the way to the thrilling, technical circuit in Glasgow, where they will finally cross the finish line alongside George Square in the heart of the city.

    The Women Elite road race – including the Women Under 23 road race - as well as the Men Under 23 road races will see the starting line placed along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, with the peloton leaving the gateway to the Loch Lomond &Trossachs National Park and heading towards

    Fintry. Riders will then climb as they pass through Stirlingshire and then onto East Dunbartonshire, following the route as they head into the final 62 km stretch to the Glasgow circuit.

    Entering from Glasgow’s west end, the road race route navigates the city starting with a climb to Park Circus and panoramic views across Kelvingrove Park before heading in to the city centre, passing the internationally recognised Glasgow School of Art, University of Strathclyde, the historic Glasgow Cathedral and stylish Merchant City."

    Posted 2 months ago #
  21. acsimpson
    Member

    That sounds like a good route. I've been hoping they would use the FRB for racing since they closed it.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  22. paddyirish
    Member

    Very much looking forward to it and also riding the routes in advance. Rode most of the 2018 Route in Innsbruck (only 1 lap of the finishing circuit!) and it was really cool to see the pros floating up hills I struggled up.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  23. paddyirish
    Member

    Watched the last 2 hrs of the women's road race and it was a cracking race. The strongest riders had two chances, but didn't work together and will be kicking themselves. The final 1km was stunning and worth hunting on BBC.

    AVV is the road rider of the year and one of the best years put together by any rider, male or female.

    Posted 2 months ago #

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