SPORTING legend Sir Chris Hoy has kickstarted the countdown 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships.

Some of the world’s best mountain bike riders will tackle Glentress Forest’s famous terrain when the Tweed Valley hosts events in August.

Organisers of the championships have launched the 23 Million Mile Challenge as part of the celebration of 100 days to go until the inaugural cycling mega-event takes place across Scotland.

Cyclists from across the UK are urged to complete as many miles as possible between April and August.

Sir Chris Hoy, 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships ambassador, said: “In 100 days, the greatest cycling athletes in the world will bring the biggest and best cycling event in history to Scotland. The 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships will be full of can’t-miss moments across the country for everyone to experience and enjoy.

“I’m thrilled to help mark today’s milestone and kickstart the 23 Million Mile Challenge by logging some of the first miles as part of the journey we can all be part of on the countdown to the championships.”

Through the digital Love to Ride platform, cyclists can set goals, log their rides, track their progress, and connect with other riders through the network.

Users can take part individually and contribute as few or as many miles as they like. Individuals will earn chances to win prizes by riding their bikes and encouraging others to do the same.

To kick off the challenge, static bikes were placed in George Square in Glasgow and passersby were encouraged to join in and log the first miles.

UCI president David Lappartient said: “The 23 Million Mile Challenge is a fantastic way to launch into the final 100 days before the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships.

“With participants being able to choose how many miles they ride it gives everybody the chance to be part of this exciting event. Cycling is a sport for people of all levels and abilities, and the 23 Million Mile Challenge demonstrates that.”

Culture secretary Angus Robertson said: “Today we are not only celebrating the role Scotland has played in the history of cycling but we’re looking forward to the historic role Scotland is going to play by hosting this world first event in just 100 days.

“Throughout the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, the eyes of the world will be on Scotland, which is fantastic and affords an opportunity to show all that’s best about our country – our people, our culture, our towns, and cities.

“I would encourage people to get tickets now and to get inspired by cycling. Ahead of August, we all have an opportunity to get involved by taking part in the newly launched 23 Million Mile Challenge. This is a great way for people to enjoy all the benefits that riding a bike brings.”

Tickets are on sale now from as little as £8, with concessions from £5, plus there are many free events to watch throughout the championships.