Glasgow 2014 has revealed the routes for the Games cycling road events that will see elite athletes from across the Commonwealth race through the heart of the city and beyond.
The excitement of the Games will reach audiences in towns and villages around Glasgow as riders battle against the clock during the time-trial event on Thursday 31 July, while Glasgow itself becomes the race track on Sunday 3 August with the fastest riders chasing each other through the city’s streets for the action packed road race.
Last year, Glasgow played host to the British Cycling National Road and Time-Trial Championships as Mark Cavendish and Liz Armitstead were crowned men’s and women’s road champions respectively.
The time-trial will see top Commonwealth cyclists take on a challenging route (40km for men, 30km for women) that will start and finish at Glasgow Green with a single loop course taking in the great countryside of East Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire as well as the city’s East End.
The road race course, also starting in Glasgow Green, features a 14-kilometre circuit taking riders along Argyle Street, Buchanan Street and St Vincent Street before carrying on to the west end of the city where they will pass through Kelvingrove Park and circuit the west end before heading back towards the city centre and the finish.
For the men’s race, competitors will complete 168 kilometres and lap the course 12 times. Female riders will complete seven laps and 98 kilometres.
Spectators won’t require a ticket to watch either of the events as both are free to view.
The courses have been developed in collaboration with a range of sport, city and tourism stakeholders to ensure that the sport technical requirements are achieved while balancing this unique opportunity to showcase the city and its surroundings to the world.
It has also received endorsement from the UCI and will receive final certification closer to Games time.
David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive, said: “Cycling is among the fastest and most thrilling events at Glasgow 2014 with the road race and time-trial offering fans the chance to experience the excitement of the sport up close.
“Road race riders will take in some of the best sites in Glasgow, as well as some challenging climbs, while those undertaking the time-trial will hit the open roads and head out of the city in a challenging race to the finish."