UCI World Cycling Championships get under way across Scotland

'Action-packed' event to feature performances from KT Tunstall and other artists on Wednesday.

The UCI World Cycling Championships kicks off with a grand opening ceremony in Glasgow on Wednesday, August 2.

The “action-packed” event in the city’s George Square will feature performances from artists and community based organisations including a set from multi-award-winning Scottish singer KT Tunstall.

Acting as hosts are Scottish Commonwealth Games silver medallist Charline Jones and cycling commentator and Glaswegian comedian Alan Anderson.

The event is free and unticketed, serving as the official welcoming to the thousands of amateur and elite cyclists from more than 120 countries.

One of the world’s biggest and most important cycling competitions, the events will see some of the world’s best cyclists compete across 13 contests in the ultimate tests of talent, tenacity and toughness.

Over 8,000 cyclists are set to participate in the contests, from Thursday August 3 to Sunday August 13, at a variety of venues across the country.

George Square will also serve as the official fan zone and will host themed days, with Tuesday August 8 being a family day and on Friday August 11 as Surge festival day.

Charline Jones, ex Scottish Cyclist and Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist said: “This is where everyone will have the opportunity to play a part in setting the atmosphere for the event.

“Having competed at major international races I know how much the crowd can help in spurring athletes on. I can’t wait to be a part of it from another dimension.”

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