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SPT Subway set for city cycling spectacular

Cycling road race

Cycle race enthusiasts attending the British Cycling National Road Race Championships on Sunday 23 June, are being encouraged to travel by public transport thanks to extended Subway opening hours.

For the first time in event history, the British Cycling National Road Race Championships are being held in Glasgow AND running through a city centre. More than 20,000 people are expected to line the 14.2 km route and gather in Glasgow Green and Kelvingrove Park to watch Olympic and world champions including Mark Cavendish, Ian Stannard, Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell and Dani King.

With most of the action taking place right in the heart of city, the Subway is the most stress-free way of getting there. Why not leave the car behind and enjoy what looks to be a great day out for all the family.”

Gordon Maclennan, Chief Executive of SPT

The women’s race starts at 0930 and SPT will be extending the usual Sunday operating hours of the Subway in a bid to help people get into the city on time.

Gordon Maclennan, Chief Executive of SPT, said: “We’re delighted that SPT is able to play a key part in getting people to this historic event. It is bound to be an exciting day and great to see so many successful athletes taking part in the race in Glasgow.

“With most of the action taking place right in the heart of city, the Subway is the most stress-free way of getting there. Why not leave the car behind and enjoy what looks to be a great day out for all the family.”

Starting and finishing at Glasgow Green, the course travels along Argyle Street, Buchanan Street and St Vincent Street before carrying on to the west end where it will pass through Kelvingrove Park before heading back towards the city centre and the finish line.

Subway stations will be open from 0820hrs with the first trains through the city centre leaving St Enoch at 0830hrs. The last trains will leave Govan at 1816hrs and will travel through the city centre at 1830hrs, which means people can still catch the men’s prize-giving ceremony straight after the race, at approximately 1730hrs.

Leader of Glasgow City Council, Councillor Gordon Matheson, said: “Hosting this event is exciting on two levels. Firstly it gives the people of Glasgow as well as visitors the chance to see, for free, elite cyclists weaving through the heart of the city, a first in the race’s history. And secondly, it gives us an opportunity to showcase Glasgow nationally and internationally with hopefully a boost to our local economy as a result of that exposure. I will be looking forward to soaking up the atmosphere and cheering the competitors on at Glasgow Green.”

Delivering an event of this size involves the introduction of city traffic management measures such as road closures to facilitate the race. Bus services in and out of Glasgow will be disrupted and operating alternative routes on the day. Please check individual bus operator websites for details of route changes.

People are also advised to allow more time for their journey and check travel updates on the day.

The Road Race in Numbers

  • 10,000 – number of people expected to line the route to watch the races plus 10,000 in Glasgow Green and Kelvingrove Park
  • 470 – number of volunteers and marshals lining the route
  • 45 – number of race officials involved on the day
  • 140 – number of male athletes taking part
  • 62 – number of female athletes taking part
  • 25 miles per hour –  expected/average speed of the peloton (main pack of riders)
  • 20 minutes – average time it takes to do one lap of the 14.2km route
  • 13 – number of times male athletes will travel the route
  • 8 – number of times female athletes will travel the route