Engagement events to take place for businesses and communities as 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships near

Published: 24th May 2023

A series of business and community engagement drop-in events will take place over the coming weeks across the Scottish Borders ahead of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in August.

The events will help local businesses find out more about how they can capitalise on the opportunities provided by the Scottish Borders being a regional host of the Championships, with Mountain Bike Cross-country events taking place in Glentress Forest and the wider Tweed Valley.

Peebles drop-in sessions

In Peebles, representatives of the local event delivery organisation, Tweed Valley-based ESO Sports, and other local partners will be on hand at the Go Tweed Valley visitor centre from Tuesday 30 May to Friday 2 June from 1pm to 4pm each day.

This will enable local people and businesses to find out more about the Championship and what it will mean for them, from the business opportunities to traffic management plans.

Other sessions

We are also hosting drop-in information events in Galashiels, Kelso, Duns, Eyemouth, Hawick and Jedburgh between Tuesday 30 May and Tuesday 6 June aimed specifically at businesses who want to find out how they can get involved and benefit.

These will take place as follows:

  • Tue 30 May
    • 9am to 12noon – Hike and Bike Hub, Galashiels
    • 1pm to 4pm – Oak Room, Cross Keys, Kelso
  • Mon 5 June
    • 9.30am to 12noon – A Heart for Duns
    • 1pm to 4pm – Eyemouth Home Town Hub
  • Tue 6 Jun
    • 10am to 1pm – Heart of Hawick
    • 6.30pm to 8pm – Port House, Jedburgh

Councillor Scott Hamilton, Executive Member for Community and Business Development

“The 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in Glasgow and across Scotland will be the largest cycling event ever held. With a TV audience of over one billion people and over one million spectators expected across the country for the various events it will be among the top 10 sporting spectacles in the world this year.

“As a regional host of the Championships we have an incredible opportunity here in the Scottish Borders and we want to help our business and communities, right across the region, to get the most out of it, celebrate the events and see the long term benefits, not just from the Championships but from cycling and cycle tourism generally.

“Thousands of people will be coming to the region this August for the events in the Tweed Valley, from spectators to competitors, media to volunteers, and they will need a warm welcome, accommodation, food and drink, and many will be looking for off-site experiences that enhance their stay and want to explore the wider Scottish Borders too.

“I’d encourage businesses interested in finding out more about how they can benefit to drop in to any of the events taking place over the next couple of weeks, and for residents in the Tweed Valley the Peebles information events are also a great chance to find out more details.”