Glasgow Games cycling in city centre

Glasgow’s busiest shopping district will host free-to-view cycling during the Commonwealth Games.

The road race on 3 August will take competitors along Argyle Street and Buchanan Street on a 14km circuit starting at Glasgow Green.

The route also takes in Kelvingrove Park in the city’s west end, with men doing 12 laps and women doing seven.

The time trial will take place on 31 July, with the men riding 40km and women racing over 30km.

The time-trial route will be a single loop starting at Glasgow Green and taking in the countryside of East Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire.

Scotland’s David Millar, who is to retire at the end of the year, is the

reigning Commonwealth time-trial champion

and has indicated his desire to race on home soil.

Isle of Man rider Mark Cavendish,

who won the national championship over a similar course in Glasgow last year,

will be a strong favourite for gold in the road race.

However, the participation of both men will depend on their condition at the end of the Tour de France, which finishes on 27 July.

England’s Lizzie Armitstead dominated the women’s road race in Glasgow last June.

Games’ organisers will work with Glasgow City Council and Transport Scotland to minimise disruption on the race days, when temporary traffic changes will be put in place.

Chief executive David Grevemberg 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.

“These competitions, along with the marathon, are free events to watch without tickets and we would encourage everyone to cheer the athletes on and enjoy what will undoubtedly be a unique Commonwealth Games experience.”

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