Routes for Glasgow 2014 road race and time trials unveiled by organisers

Course for road race near identical to British National Championships

Commonwealth Games’ organisers have revealed the routes for this summer’s Glasgow 2014 road races and time trials.

The road race, which will be held on Sunday August 3, will follow a route almost identical to the one used for last year’s British National Championships, where Manxman Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) outsprinted Team Sky’s Ian Stannard and David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) to win the men’s race.

The road race at Glasgow 2014 follows a very similar route to that which hosted last year’s British National Championships (pic: Glasgow 2014)

Following a 14km circuit, the riders will start at Glasgow Green and head along Argyle Street, Buchanan Street and the slightly uphill St Vincent Street towards the city’s west end.

Passing through Kelvingrove Park, the race then circuits the west end – with Gibson Street presenting the most significant ascent of the route before a flat finish through the city centre and into Glasgow Green.

The men will take in 12 laps of the route – a total of 168km – while the women will ride seven laps (98km), where Lizzie Armitstead will be keen to repeat her British Championship success when she swaps her Boels-Dolman jersey for the English national kit.

Meanwhile the time trials, which take place on Thursday July 31, follow a single loop of the East Dumbartonshire and North Lanarkshire countryside with the men’s route 40km long and the women’s 30km.

Both courses, designed in collaboration with sport, city and tourism stakeholders, have met with endorsement from the UCI and will receive final certification later in the year.

Spectators, as expected, will be able to view the events free of charge from the roadside.

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.

The time trial route heads out into the countryside before finishing in the city centre (pic: Glasgow 2014)

“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.”

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