Top five scenic sights on the Glasgow 2018 road race routes
The routes for the Glasgow 2018 road race and time trial events have been revealed, with Europe’s elite road cyclists set to race through the streets of Glasgow and the surrounding areas.
Sports fans will have an historic opportunity to see the best riders on the continent race past their doorsteps this summer - for free – while broadcast viewers across the continent will have the chance to see some beautiful Scottish scenery and iconic spots as the cyclists race past the roaring crowds.
The road races will see athletes complete a series of laps through the heart of Glasgow on Sunday 5 August (women) and Sunday 12 August (men), while challenging time trial routes will see riders race against the clock through Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire and Stirling on Wednesday 8 August.
We’ve picked out some of our favourite sights from along the routes where spectators and athletes alike will be able to enjoy the special Glasgow cityscape and Scottish countryside.
1. Riverside Museum
The unforgettable starting line of the time trial lies on the banks of the River Clyde, nestled between the Riverside Museum and the Tall Ship.
Opened in 2011 and designed by Zaha Hadid, the museum houses over 3000 exhibits including full size trains and trams. It has quickly become one of Glasgow’s most ‘Instagrammable’ buildings and will be an iconic backdrop as the cyclists prepare to race against the clock.
2. Campsie Fells
Time trial riders will be treated to the awesome backdrop of the Campsie Fells as they hurtle through the roads of East Dunbartonshire towards Lennoxtown.
The gentle rolling hills will make for a photogenic setting for the non-stop sporting action due to take place at their feet.
3. Buchanan Street
Glasgow’s Style Mile shoppers will witness a spectacle in August when hundreds of cyclists make their way up through the busy thoroughfare of Buchanan Street.
Whizzing past House of Fraser and Princes Square, before turning onto St. Vincent Street, the city’s fashion hot spot will take centre stage at this sporting event.
4. Kelvingrove Park and the University of Glasgow
Road cycling spectators can expect to watch athletes racing through the leafy surroundings of Kelvingrove Park this summer, overlooked by the stunning Neo-Gothic architecture of the University of Glasgow.
Rumoured to be the inspiration for Harry Potter's Hogwarts, the section of the route that passes the University of Glasgow promises to be a spell-binding watch.
Sneaking into picturesque Stirling, the small, scenic village of Strathblane will help host the time trial event on Wednesday 8 August. Located close to the West Highland Way, participants will have a similarly spectacular but gruelling course ahead of them.