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UCI Cycling World Championships at The Crichton: What You Need to Know

9 August 2023

We’re excited to be the location for two days of para-cycling road races as the UCI Cycling World Championships come to Dumfries! While the time trials are taking place in the town on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th of August, The Crichton will be home to the road races and medal events on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th of August from 8.45am. It will be an incredible opportunity to watch international athletes compete on a global stage, and we’ve put together everything you need to know about the event.

Times and dates

Friday 11th of August at 0845 and Saturday 12th of August at 0900.

The races run until approximately 5pm on both days, and you can view the full schedule of races here.

How do I get there?

There will be road closures across Dumfries and at The Crichton Estate during the cycling event. You can find full information about access and closures at The Crichton on our website, and further information about access to Dumfries town on Dumfries and Galloway Council’s website. There will be no vehicle access at The Crichton, so we recommend looking into public transport, cycling or walking if you can, or parking at Mountainhall car park.

Can I get food and drink?

Yes. There will be a bar and BBQ operating on the grounds by The Crichton memorial Church from 11am. Both Easterbrook Bistro and Crichton Central will be open, but they will both be operating a reduced menu. Given the number of people on site, it’s worth planning ahead as they may be busier than usual.

Do you have accessible facilities?

Yes. The Crichton Estate is accessible, and we have a changing places toilet at Crichton Central.

Who’s competing?

There are teams from around the world competing at The Crichton. We’ve put together a bingo card that you can download and print off to bring on the day. See which international teams you can spot, and whether you can correctly guess who’s going to win the gold medal! You can see the full list of athletes here.

You can download a copy to print here.

What is para-cycling?

Para-cycling is made up of four divisions which are then split into sport classes. The lower the number of sport class, the greater the impact of the impairment on the function; UCI recognises eight eligible impairments. The aim of classification is to determine an athlete’s eligibility to compete, to group athletes for competition based on functional ability rather than performance and to minimise the impact of impairment on competition outcome.

UCI have a really handy spectators guide that goes into detail about the different classifications, as well as maps of the route and the wider event across Dumfries.


We’re really looking forward to welcoming crowds to The Crichton to celebrate the para-cyclists and to be part of the crowd at an international sporting event. There will be volunteers and stewards on site if you have any questions on the day.

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