UCI Championships - Mountain Biking Cross Country

The Mountain Biking Cross Country events are taking place on 6th August and between 8th and 12th of August on the trails of Glentress Forest, just outside of Peebles in the Scottish Borders. There will also be a small number of roads affected by the event. 

There are several mini events taking place during this time, so expect heavier than normal traffic in and around Peebles and on the A72 (non-trunk). The A7 and A68 trunk roads may also be affected. 

Glentress UCI event map

How to get there

Glentress Forest is located in the Tweed Valley 4km to the east of Peebles, in the Scottish Borders. It is approximately 40km from Edinburgh, 91km from Glasgow and around 150km from Newcastle.
Due to its beautiful rural location, there are limited options to arrive direct to the venue using public transport. We would recommend utilising the local bus or dedicated Park & Ride facilities.

Travel by bus

The venue is served by the Borders Buses X62 service, which runs from Edinburgh to Galashiels. Some X62 services are bike-friendly and have storage racks for 2 to 4 bikes. Servicesn run every 30 minutes with a journey time of 1 hour 25 minutes from Edinburgh or just 5 minutes from Peebles. The service stops at Galashiels Interchange for Borders Railway connections.

A regular direct bus service from Edinburgh or Melrose drops you at the event entrance, operated by Border Buses.
Spectators arriving by car must park in the dedicated Park & Ride sites.

For more information and to plan your journey, visit Traveline Scotland.


Cycling is a great way to get to Glentress Forest, which is just 4km from Peebles or 9km from Innerleithen. The venue is near the Tweed Valley Railway Path, which runs on quiet roads between Walkerburn and Peebles, for an enjoyable cycle.

A free and secure Bike Park is available at the venue. This will be manned by event staff and a sign in, sign out system will be in operation.

Opening Times: Bike Park opening times will reflect venue opening times.

Connecting Edinburgh & The Lothians with the Scottish Borders, National Cycle Network Route 1 runs close to Glentress. You can also find more information on local trails in and around Peebles on the Scottish Borders Council website.

Travel by car

Driving: Local roads will be busy so please allow plenty of time for your journey. Where possible, please car share – it’s better for the planet and your wallet.

Road closures: Be mindful, if travelling on Sunday 6 August, there will be a road closure for the event which will likely affect your travel. The B709 will be closed from 11:00 to 14:45 between Innerleithen Golf Club and Leithen Lodge.

Alternative route (routes will be shown on Travel Map)

  • Northbound – via B709, A72, A703, A6094, B6372, A7, B7007 and B709 to point of closure
  • Southbound – the above in reverse

Parking: Spectator parking is only available at dedicated Park & Ride sites. Park & Ride facilities are available at three locations with free shuttle buses to take you to the venue. You can also walk or cycle to the venue from the sites. Please be aware, the shuttle buses have limited accessibility facilities. If you do have accessibility requirements, please use the dedicated accessible parking.

Park & Ride: shuttle buses will commence at venue opening times from the following locations:


Due to the incredibly wet weather we have been experiencing, we have made the decision to temporarily close the Park and Ride sites at Park and Ride West Blue Hay Lodge and Park and Ride North Green, Chapel Hill.

We are asking for people to use Park and Ride East Red (Cemetery Field, Innerleithen) until Thursday 10 August, 2023. 

The sites at Hay Lodge and Chapel Hill may open later next week once we have reassessed the weather and condition of the Park and Ride sites.

Thank you for your understanding

There will be some toilet facilities at the Park & Ride sites.

Please note, there is no spectator parking at the venue (with the exception of pre-bookable Blue Badge parking), and we kindly ask that you do not park on any surrounding access or residential roads, laybys or verges. No waiting restrictions will be in place.

Accessible parking

There is some dedicated, Blue Badge parking at Glentress. There is no cost to park, but you do need to book in advance, as spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come,
first serve basis. To book your parking pass, please contact accessibility@cyclingworldchamps.com.

Once your booking has been confirmed, you will either be asked to print your vehicle pass at home, which will be sent to you via email or a physical permit will be posted out to you. There will be checks in place to ensure these are not duplicated.

Camping and campervanning

Please be aware that there is no provision for campervans in the area surrounding the venue.

There are several options for camping and motorhome parking in the area including two pop-up campsites that are catering for campervan’s and motorhomes. Further information can be found on the Go Tweed Valley website.

If you are considering camping or using a campervan during your trip, please read the Scottish Outdoor Access Code’s Guide to Responsible Camping in Scotland, to make sure you have the best experience possible. Please remember to book your camping space in advance.

Hints & tips for your journey

Here’s our top travel tips to get you to the Tweed Valley and Glentress Forest to enjoy the Championships:

  • If you have to drive, please bear in mind roads will be busy, so allow plenty of time for your journey. Try and car share where possible.
  • There is no spectator parking at the venue (with the exception of pre-bookable Blue Badge parking) and on surrounding access roads, laybys or verges. Be considerate and use the free Park & Ride facilities for the smoothest journey.
  • Blue Badge parking is available at the venue but must be booked in advance.
  • There is no provision for campervan parking in the area other than at official designated sites. Please book into a designated site in advance and travel to the venue by other means.

Event information on our website is provided to assist road users to plan their journeys and avoid disruption. Where Traffic Scotland do not host events, we work closely with the organisers to maximise your enjoyment by informing you of delays for your journey to and from the event. For information specific to each event, please contact the event venue or organiser. Traffic information for local roads can be found by contacting the local council.