A virtual Glasgow is set to host the UCI Cycling Esports World Championships tomorrow ©UCI

The International Cycling Union (UCI) Cycling Esports World Championships is set to take place tomorrow in a new three-stage knockout format.

The third edition of the Cycling Esports World Championships is set to take place in a virtual Glasgow, the Scottish city due to host the inaugural Cycling World Championships across 13 disciplines from August 3 to 13.

Men's and women's competition is powered by virtual platform Zwift, with 85 male and 87 female riders set to take part.

The first stage is the 14.2 kilometres punch, featuring two elevation climbs totalling 106 metres and gradients of up to 14 per cent.

After a 10-minute break, the top 30 then advance to the 8.6km climb, featuring three climbs and a total elevation change of 166m.

From the second stage, the top 10 are then set to compete in the 12.3km podium stage, featuring four climbs and an elevation change of 133m.

The podium is an elimination race, culminating in a battle between the final three riders on the last lap.

Australia's Jay Vine and The Netherlands' Loes Adegeest triumphed at last year's Cycling Esports World Championships.

The women's start list includes last year's champion Loes Adegeest of The Netherlands and bronze medallist Zoe Langham of Britain.

Defending champion Jay Vine of Australia is not defending his title, but the 2020 winner and 2022 bronze medallist Jason Osborne of Germany, a lightweight double sculls rowing silver medallist at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, is expected to compete.

Last year's runner-up Freddy Ovett of Australia, his compatriot Sam Hill - a three-time downhill mountain bike champion - and former UCI hour record holder Victor Campenaerts of Belgium are among the other stars set to compete.