Glasgow gears up for 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships with programme of free family fun for all

Glasgow gears up for 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships with programme of free family fun for all

With the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in Glasgow and across Scotland just 10 days away, Glasgow has today unveiled more details of its exciting citywide GO LIVE! programme.

Funded by Glasgow City Council and organised by Glasgow Life, the broad range of cultural and community participation events will take place across the full 11 days of competition (3-13 August).

The GO LIVE! brand has proved a popular feature of previous major events in Glasgow. Like the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2018 European Championships the city is ensuring there are ways for everyone, whether sports fans or not, to get involved, soak up the atmosphere and have some fun.

This free programme of activity promotes cycling and wellbeing to different audiences, and encourages healthy and active lifestyles across sport, culture and the arts. It will showcase ways to get involved in cycling in the community and provide tangible opportunities for Glasgow’s citizens to connect with this world-class cycling event, with local event activity in the Northeast, Northwest, and South of the city.


GO LIVE! at Tollcross on Saturday 5 August, bringing a taste of the UCI Cycling World Championships out to the heart of the community at Tollcross International Swimming Centre. 'Come and try' our cycling activations with some exciting surprises and entertainment throughout the day.

GO LIVE! at Merchant Square on Tuesday 8 August. Come to our fun and varied family day alongside the exciting competition Time Trail races in the city centre. Be prepared for dance parties, performances and crafting activities.

GO LIVE! at Cathkin Braes on Saturday 12 August a free event for all the family, with a variety of entertainment on our GO LIVE! stage. Scottish Cycling will be hosting their ‘Ride the Worlds’ Pump Track Finals taking place throughout the day.

Our Artists in Communities are hosting a range of GO LIVE! activities in various locations including:

The Arc Milton - Saturday 12 August: Play Together on Pedals (pre 5s) works with families in Scotland to help them start pedalling together. The fun and freedom of cycling helps children develop key life skills, brings physical and mental health benefits, and encourages families to make short journeys without a car.

Toryglen Community Youth Project - 3 and 10 August: Cycle the Malls Mire Pump Track - A come and try event where children can ride the pump track at Malls Mire Toryglen –

Glasgow Life Libraries are also getting involved in GO LIVE! with the Summer Reading Challenge, Bookbug sessions and hosting Author Talks in 13 locations across the city including:

Danny Scott - 10 August: Family Football Fun Author Talk at Baillieston Library.

Ed Shoote – 8 August: Author discusses his debut book Gravel Rides in Scotland at Partick Library.

GO LIVE! George Square, the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships’ official Fan Zone, that will host the road race finishes and their medal ceremonies. Throughout every day of the event, the city’s civic square will be transformed into a venue showcasing the best of Glasgow’s and Scotland’s music scene, including contributions from Celtic Connections, Piping Live, Glasgow Mela and many other great bands.

GO LIVE! at the Road Race will see vibrant street arts entertainment combined with Road Race viewing areas to create a vibrant weekend competition hub that appeals to all on 5/6 and 12/13 August. Come and experience the thrill of the Road Races as the world class cyclists whizz past three key locations (Argyle Street, Kelvingrove, City of Glasgow College) on their multiple laps of the city whilst being entertained by some of the best street performances in Scotland.

The full GO LIVE! schedule can be found on the Glasgow Life website 

Bailie Annette Christie, Chair of Glasgow Life, said:

“Building on the legacy of previous sporting events that also offered complementary cultural and activity-based programming, GO LIVE! gives us an opportunity to support, grow and develop cycling in our communities.

“The free performances, events, activities and ‘come and try’ elements of the programme widen the appeal of the UCI Cycling World Championships and let us host more local, community-led, events in wards across the city. In Glasgow, in addition to the official Fan Zone in George Square, we are holding family fun days at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Merchant City and at Cathkin Braes, and people can also search for local activities through the Glasgow Life website. The festival atmosphere in the city is going to be amazing and I would urge everybody to get involved.”