SCOTLAND’S First Minister Humza Yousaf has welcomed cyclists due in Scotland this week for the UCI Cycling World Championships.

A number of events are due to take place across the country, including road cycling, para-cycling, mountain biking and BMX riding, beginning on Thursday and due to end on August 13.

With thousands of the world’s top cyclists due to descend on the country, the First Minister said: “I want to extend a warm welcome to every cyclist taking part in the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, the world’s biggest ever cycling event.

“I wish everyone good luck.

“Hosting the UCI World Championships is further vote of confidence in Scotland as a destination of choice for staging major global events.

“The Scottish Government is proud to fund this innovative and inclusive event.

“Our funding will help promote the health and wellbeing benefits of cycling and help drive wider economic and social benefits across the country.

“Whether it’s indoor competitions at the velodrome or mountain biking and road events set in some of the most scenic parts of Scotland, there is something for everyone.

“Many of these events are free and I would encourage as many people across the country to try and catch a piece of the action.”