2023 UCI Cycling World Championships - Men's Elite Road Race to roll through Falkirk

Falkirk will play a significant part in the UCI Men’s Elite Road race as it passes through the area on Sunday 6th August 2023.


UCI men road race

Pictured: Matteo Trentin, Glasgow 2018


The race, part of the UCI World Cycling Championships, will bring top cyclists from around the world to Falkirk, showcasing the area’s iconic landmarks along the way!


The 227km Men Elite Road Race sets off from Edinburgh before heading north across the Firth of Forth via the Queensferry Crossing then heading west through Fife towards Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling passing near world renowned landmarks including the Kelpies, the Falkirk Wheel, Carron Valley and the Crow Road, before turning towards Glasgow for a finish alongside George Square.


UCI Falkirk route

Pictured: UCI route through Falkirk


In Falkirk, cyclists will travel a 52km route through towns and villages and Falkirk Town Centre entering the area at approx 10.30am and lasting around 36 minutes.


Information for visitors:


Planning to watch the road race in Falkirk? Make a day of it while you're here and check out some of our world famous and lesser known attractions, sample our local cuisine, or bring your bike and try out one of the many cycling routes in the area for yourself.


What you need to know:


Can I come to Falkirk to watch the race? 


Spectators are welcome to attend the event, but please arrive early. There are no designated viewing points, and no vehicles can be parked on the route as this will be a tow-away zone.


How can I travel to Falkirk to watch the race? 


Spectators should use public transport where possible or use the network of pedestrian footways and cycleways in the area.


Where can I park if I come to watch the race? 


Spectators attending the event will be unable to park along the route of the race. Visitors are encouraged to use recognised car parks. There are Falkirk Council car parks you can use as well. 


More information for visitors can be found here.




Falkirk is home to many unique and exciting attractions. Family friendly, heritage and cultural, and outdoor activities can all be found in the area, to name a few. Take a look at some ideas here.


UCI Kelpies

Pictured: The Kelpies 


Food & Drink


Falkirk is home to several award-winning restaurants as well as a growing number of food and drink producers. The Croft and Creel restaurant and Christie's Scottish Tapas are some of the top restaurants offering traditional Scottish cuisine in the Falkirk area. Read more about the local cuisine here.




A warm welcome awaits you at a wide choice of Hotels, Guest Houses, Lodges and B&B's in Falkirk, Bo’ness, and the surrounding areas. There is a huge range of places to stay, with something to suit every taste and pocket. You'll find some fantastic self-catering houses, cottages, and chalets in the Falkirk area. If you want a more unique stay, why not chill out in a camping pod, relax in a hot-tub next to your lodge, take to the canals in your own barge or hire out a Pineapple! Take a look here.


Cycling Routes


The Falkirk area is home to many cycling routes, from scenic canal towpaths to challenging woodland trails. Both thrill-seeking mountain biker and families looking for a relaxing day out cycling can visit the Falkirk area to take in some of the most iconic and beautiful sites in Scotland. With so many routes available, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Take a look here.


Why not try out the #Falkirk25 Cyling Route if you also plan on visiting either Glasgow or Edinburgh?


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Pictured: cycling along the Union Canal

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Plan your visit

Plan your next adventure in Scotland and discover Falkirk and the surrounding area. You'll be truly amazed!

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From the National Cycle Network routes, to single track woodland trails, to easier canal side paths, there are cycle routes to suit all abilities within the Falkirk area.

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Falkirk from Edinburgh and Glasgow

Getting here

Falkirk is right in the heart of Scotland with excellent transport links. Find out how to get here.

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