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World’s top para cyclists head for region

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By Abbey Morton
World’s top para cyclists head for region

THE region is to play host to the world best para-cyclists for the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships.

Dumfries and Galloway will further etch its place in cycling history by welcoming Para-cycling Road, as part of the world’s biggest cycling event.

Para-cycling Road sees 13 UCI World Championships brought together for the first time as one mega-event, with more than 2600 athletes competing from around 120 countries.

The championships will take place in August 2023 in Glasgow and across Scotland and last month Glasgow was announced as the venue for eight of the 13 UCI Cycling World Championships. Now, Dumfries and Galloway becomes the first venue outside of Glasgow to be unveiled as a host.

To mark the launch, Scottish Paralympic cycling medallists Fin Graham and Jenny Holl and world-record hand-cyclist Ken Talbot joined representatives from the 2023 UCI Cycling Worlds, Dumfries and Galloway Council and South of Scotland Enterprise this week.

Graham, 21, who won two silver medals in Tokyo during his first appearance in the Paralympics earlier this month, said: “Ever since I heard about the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships coming to Glasgow and Scotland I’ve been excited about it and it is great that Dumfries and Galloway will host the Para-cycling Road events.

“The landscape and scenery in the region is stunning and will be a great host to the championships.”

And Holl, who joined the British Para Cycling Team earlier this year following a successful junior track cycling career and secured a Paralympic silver medal alongside tandem partner Sophie Unwin in Tokyo, commented: “I’ve raced in Dumfries and Galloway before and I know it will be a great host of the Para-cycling Road events as part of the 2023 UCI Cycling Worlds.”