Games cycling routes are unveiled

TOP cyclists going for Commonwealth Games gold will battle it out on the streets of Glasgow.

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Games bosses have revealed the routes riders will take for both the time trial and the road race.

For the time trial on Thursday July 31, competitors will be up against the clock on a challenging route which will cover 25 miles for men and 19 miles for women.

It will start and finish at Glasgow Green, with a single loop coursetaking in the countryside of East Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire, as well as the city's East End.

The road race on Sunday August 3, will see the fastest riders chasing each other through the city's street.

It features a nine-mile circuit from Glasgow Green along Argyle Street, Buchanan Street and St Vincent Street before carrying on to the West End.

There the cyclists pass through Kelvingrove Park and circuit the West End before heading back to the city centre finish.

For the men's race, competitors will complete almost 104 miles and lap the course 12 times, with women riders completing seven laps and almost 61 miles.

The courses have been developed to ensure the sport's technical requirements are achieved whileproviding a unique opportunity to showcase the city.

Glasgow 2014 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."

vivienne.nicoll@ eveningtimes.co.uk

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