UCI World Cycling Championships Men’s Elite Road Race

The route for the UCI Men’s Elite Road Race has been announced. This forms part of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, the “biggest cycling event ever.”

The race will begin in Edinburgh on Sunday 6 August 2023 at 9.30am. We expect the event to attract many visitors from across the world to follow the race as it makes its way from the capital to Glasgow. The city will be busy and some roads will be closed as the event passes through.


Competitors will start off in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat and the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood Park. The race then heads up the Royal Mile and through Edinburgh's Old Town, passing under Edinburgh Castle. They will then head down the Mound and towards Stockbridge before moving onto Queensferry. Competitors will then cross the Firth of Forth via the Queensferry Crossing. The race will eventually finish in Glasgow’s George Square, covering a distance of 270km.

You can find more information, on the event website 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships. If you have any questions, please email


Information for visitors            

Spectators are welcome to attend the event. Please stand on the pavement along the route. You will not be able to park along the route of the race - please park in recognised car parks nearby. Vehicles parking on the route will be towed away. If possible, please use public transport to get to the event or use the network of paths and cycleways in the area.

Information for residents

  • Household refuse collection will not be affected as we do not collect on Sundays.
  • Our street cleaning teams will be collecting litter during and after the event.
  • Please park away from the route for the short duration of the event. Please use a recognised car park or a safe location in compliance with the Highway Code.

If you would like more information, please join us at one of our information sessions

  • Thursday 13 July, 10am to 12:30pm, Stockbridge Library 11 Hamilton Pl, Edinburgh, EH3 5BA.
  • Thursday 13 July, 1:30pm to 4pm, Central Library, 7-9 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EG.

We will also have an online information session whch will involve a short presemtation on the race route, road closures, oportunities to spectate followed by a chance to ask questions.

  • Wednesday July 19, 7pm to 8pm. Find out more and sign up for this session.

Information for businesses

Businesses may wish to promote the event to engage spectators. The event o rganisers have developed digital toolkits to help businesses maximise the opportunity with ready-to-use content. You can get more information UCI’s Business Marketing Toolkit.

Public transport

We expect some localised disruption to public transport on the morning of the event. Keep up to date with bus, tram, and train services: