Scotland will host the inaugural combined UCI World Championships in 2023 ©Event Scotland

Scotland has been chosen to host the first edition of the International Cycling Union’s (UCI) combined World Championships in 2023.

The World Championships was approved by the governing body last year with the aim of holding the event every four years, prior to an Olympic year.

The Championships will feature road, cross-country, marathon and downhill mountain bike events, track cycling and BMX events.

Para-cycling road and track events, Gran Fondo and indoor cycling - artistic cycling and cycle-ball - would also take place.

The UCI have confirmed Scotland will host the inaugural edition in 2023, with events largely set to take place in Glasgow.

The announcement was made at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, which will provide the venue for track cycling competition at the Championships.

The Championships is the latest major event to head to Scotland, following on from Glasgow hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Glasgow co-hosted the inaugural multi-sport European Championships with Berlin last year.

A BMX centre was constructed for the Championships, which will now be utilised in 2023 for the UCI World Championships.

The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup has regularly been held at Fort William, while Scotland has also held stages of the Tour of Britain and the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in recent years.

Competition is expected to take place over two weeks in August.

"I am delighted that the UCI has today awarded the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships to Glasgow and Scotland," David Lappartient, the UCI President, said. 

"The creation and the implementation of this event was one of the commitments I had made during my campaign for UCI presidency and I am proud to have fulfilled it.

"I wish to thank EventScotland, Glasgow Life, UK Sport and British Cycling for their enthusiastic involvement in the very first edition of this historic event, which will uniquely showcase our sport and its different disciplines on an international stage.

"Glasgow and Scotland has a great deal of experience in the organisation of major sporting events, notably multi-sports, such as the first edition of the European Sports Championships that it organised in 2018.

"I am convinced that the UCI Cycling World Championships will be a great success, and I look forward enormously to preparing them with our Scottish partners."

It has been claimed the Championships will help to provide a boost to Scotland by accelerating local and national policies in areas such as health, transport, sport and tourism.

When the concept was unveiled last year, the UCI envisaged that 120 countries, 2,600 elite athletes, 6,000 amateurs and 10,000 accredited individuals, including 700 journalists, would attend the event.

It was claimed the event will act as a platform to expose cycling's different disciplines, along with allowing fans to watch several World Championships in the same area.

The Championships are planned to be held using existing infrastructure, with city centres expected to host competitions in disciplines such as trials.

There will be no facilities required to be built in Scotland to host the Championships, it has been claimed.

Glasgow co-hosted the inaugural combined European Championships last year ©Getty Images
Glasgow co-hosted the inaugural combined European Championships last year ©Getty Images

"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," Sir Chris Hoy, the six-time Olympic champion, said. 

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

The Championships will take place with one-year to go until the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris. 

British Cycling hope this Championships will support athletes in their preparation and qualification for the Games.

"At British Cycling, we do not judge the success of major events only by the medals won, but by the numbers of people inspired to get active by getting on their bikes," said Frank Slevin, British Cycling chair.

"Hosting the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships reflects the pioneering success of Scotland’s national events strategy, Scotland the Perfect Stage, and also represents an amazing opportunity to transform a whole nation’s relationship with the bicycle.

"We look forward to working with our colleagues at Scottish Cycling to ensure the benefits of this event will be felt in Scotland long after the final race has been won."