British Cycling and HSBC UK have revealed the route for the HSBC UK City Ride, taking place in Glasgow on 27 August.
Starting at George Square, participants will make their way east across George Street before taking a right onto High Street and looping around Glasgow Green. Riders will then cross the river via Crown Street, coming back via Gorbals Street and drawing to a conclusion back on George Square. The 6km route will also feature an accessible loop, suitable for all adapted bikes.
The event will be the tenth of 14 free-to-attend HSBC UK City Ride events across the country in 2017, and is the first step towards HSBC UK and British Cycling’s ambition to get two million people on bikes by 2020, making cycling the UK’s most popular activity and sport of choice.
Milngavie-born Olympic champion Katie Archibald said:
“As a local, and someone who is obviously passionate about getting people on bikes, it’s great to see such a fantastic route announced for HSBC UK City Ride Glasgow. Events like this show just how accessible cycling can be, and I’m sure the people of Glasgow will fully embrace the opportunity to see their city from a different perspective on August 27.”
Giles Morgan, HSBC’s global head of sponsorship said:
“Taking part in the HSBC UK City Ride is a great way to enjoy cycling around Glasgow without traffic, which means it could be a great day out for families, those who want to get back on their bike after allowing it to collect dust at home, or for the more experienced cyclists who want to try something a bit more relaxed.”
Councillor David McDonald, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, said:
“This is a really exciting event for Glasgow, and offers riders the chance to cycle on a traffic-free route in the city centre, something we don’t get to do very often! And with lots of activity on offer for youngsters, there will be something for all the family – so come along and enjoy the fun.”
As well as exploring the city-centre route, the event will give young riders the opportunity to test their bike handling and pick up new skills on the HSBC UK Go-Ride course. Run by British Cycling coaches, the area will feature obstacles and challenges for all levels of rider to tackle. There will be bikes and helmets available to borrow and you will be able to find out about all of the local cycling clubs and activities for children in the area. Younger participants will also be able to dress their bikes in the Kids’ Zone, which will house face-painting, a bib personalisation station and a caricature artist.
Entrants will be able to benefit from the presence of fully-qualified technicians who will be able to advise on any mechanical issues, while other activities such as a virtual reality cycling experience, street velodrome and the Sir Chris Hoy challenge – where participants can challenge Sir Chris’ Olympic gold-medal winning sprint time – will ensure a fantastic day for entrants of all ages.
The events are completely free and participants can either register their participation at www.letsride.co.uk or enter on the day.