road race glasgow 2014

Glasgow 2014. Cycling Road Race

The Tour de France’s loss this year is undoubtedly Glasgow’s gain, as having not been selected for the former Scotland’s David Millar has the latter firmly in his sights.

Millar, in his final year before retirement at the end of the season, will be looking for the sweetest swansong imaginable in the city where his parents met, as he competes in the men’s road race looking to improve upon the bronze he won in Delhi in 2010 with a gold medal to close the Glasgow 2014 show.  Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas will sport his Welsh colours while Mark Renshaw is likely to be a threat for Australia.  It could be emotional.  Meanwhile for the women Scotland’s multi-talented Katie Archibald is a star attraction as having already won a track bronze in the 25km Points Race in the Velodrome, she now looks to complete a memorable double with a medal on the roads.

Road Race start times are 8am for the women’s race and 12 noon for the men’s.  The course starts in Glasgow Green and features a 14km circuit (12 laps in the men’s race and 7 laps in the women’s) 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.

A map of the course can be viewed here and spectator advice on the best viewing points can be found courtesy of this piece in The Herald.  Free viewing all areas!