TOP cyclists from across the globe rode through West Fife as residents lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the men’s elite road race.

The UCI Cycling World Championships is the single biggest event in the sport’s history and saw riders come together in Glasgow and across Scotland to compete at the highest level over 13 competitions.

The men’s elite road race, won by Dutchman Mathieu Van der Poel, started in Edinburgh on Sunday before crossing into West Fife at around 10am and finishing in Glasgow’s George Square.

Riders passed over the Forth, closing the Queensferry Crossing, before pedalling at top speed through Rosyth, Torryburn, Newmills, Low Valleyfield, Culross and Kincardine.

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the world governing body of cycling.

It brought together 13 world championships in one host country for the first time, with the sport’s finest competing over 11 days of action.

An estimated 300,000 spectators turned out to watch the men’s elite road race.

The championships were expected to bring an economic boost to the country and events in Dunfermline and Aberdour benefited from a share of a six-figure pot of cash made available.