The 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships will unify every cycling discipline under one competition for the first time ©Getty images

August dates have been confirmed for the 2023 Cycling World Championships in Glasgow, which promises to be the largest event ever organised by the International Cycling Union (UCI).

Competition is due to take place from August 3 to 13, with all of the UCI's 13 World Championships being contested concurrently for the first time.

More than 8,000 amateur and elite cyclists from 120 countries are expected to participate in the 11-day extravaganza.

Five venues in Glasgow have now been confirmed, while Dumfries and Galloway in south-west Scotland has been chosen as the backdrop for the Para cycling road races and time trials.

More than 190 world champions will be declared over the course of the event, and the new format was one of UCI President David Lappartient's manifesto pledges during his successful election campaign in 2017.

Lappartient was re-elected unopposed last year.

"Today’s announcement of the dates is an important milestone in the organisation of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships," the French official said.

"Bringing our existing UCI World Championships together at the same time and in one venue every four years was one of my visions before my election as UCI President in 2017.

"We have been working towards this ever since."

The full list of venues is yet to be decided, with locations across Scotland expected to support the host city.

Five Glasgow venues have been identified, including the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome which is poised to stage track events.

Artistic cycling and cycle-ball are set for Emirates Arena, with Kelvingrove Park to stage BMX freestyle park plus BMX freestyle flatland and trials.

Glasgow BMX Centre in Knightswood will be where BMX racing unfolds.

The finishing line for road cycling events is due to be George Square in the city centre.

The UCI has forecast a global television audience in excess of a billion viewers, claiming the World Championships will become one of the world's 10 most-watched sporting events.

"This will quite simply be the biggest cycling event ever held and we are proud that venues in Glasgow and across Scotland will be used to create cycling history," Organising Committee chair Paul Bush said.

"It is an honour that the UCI has entrusted us with hosting the first ever UCI Cycling World Championships."