Glasgow is poised and ready to host the 20th Commonwealth Games. And among the events, the hard-fought cycling disciplines on track, road and trail will be among the most eagerly anticipated.
With the all-new Mazda3, BikeRadar went to explore all the Commonwealth Games’ cycling venues, speak with the riders, coaches and local supporters who are gearing up for what will be the finale of the UK’s spectacular summer of cycling. Our three-day journey, accompanied by the durable all-new Mazda3, had already seen us cycle across other locations: Belfast and Yorkshire (Giro d’Italia and Tour de France, respectively).
Video: Summer of Cycling – Commonwealth Games
Glasgow has been gearing up for the Commonwealth Games since 2007, and this means that Glaswegians have poured their all into some spectacular racing venues – prince among them is the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Named after the UK’s six gold medal-winning Olympian, the velodrome will host some of the toughest, most eagerly anticipated competition in the entire Games.
An urban road race circuit – trialled in the 2013 UK National championships and containing a large amount of climbing – will be the battleground for the road race. Will it end in a sprint as it did last year, or could the unpredictability of the course yield a breakaway winner?
And finally, Cathkin Braes, a purpose-built mountain bike venue with a 5.5km route on the southern outskirts of the city, will host the Commonwealth’s top mountain bikers.
The best way to find out who will be crowned victorious this summer is to be there, and you can be sure that BikeRadar will be in attendance, too.
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