The riders were able to get out on the Commonwealth Games time trial course the day before the race. Defending champion David Millar declares it “Good.”

The opening road event of the Commonwealth Games gets underway tomorrow at 10am when the men roll out from the starting box in Glasgow Green. The women start after the men to ride a shorter race , though the courses are substantially the same, with the men riding slightly longer on the loop before turning back and re-joining the ‘women’s’ route.

The riders were able to ride the route for the first time this morning on a course which one of the course designers, Alasdair Maclennan described as “quite free flowing, but containing hardly any flat, it’s definitely an up and down kind of course that has a bit of everything in it – the ride back into Glasgow is on fast dual carriageway but there are plenty of short, steep little climbs on the way out. It’s like the national time trial course in Stewarton last year, that Alex Dowsett won on, but probably harder and hillier.”

Defending Commonwealth Games champion David Millar, who rode the course with the Scotland team in the morning, said that he “had no problems at all” declaring it “a good course” which bodes well for a close race.

Apart from Millar and Dowsett, the Australian team of Luke Durbridge, Michael Hepburn and Rohan Dennis should be near the top of the time sheet. If both Canadian Svein Tuft and Welshman Geraint Thomas have recovered from their exertions in the Tour, Tuft and Thomas – the runner-up in the recent national time trial championship at Celtic Manor – could also get in among the medals.

Glasgow 2014 time trial course

  • ian franklin

    how far is the men’s tt?

  • davamagic

    Agree with the earlier comments – but at least this site has a map of the course. A quick look at Glasgow2014 website and i can’t find even a map.

    And no mention of Dr Hutch!!

  • http://www.ronniebrown.co.uk ronnie

    According to the Glasgow 2014 site, the first woman is off the blocks at 10:08, whereas the first man starts at 12:52.

    • Jamie Clarkson

      That’s correct. Not sure how CW has got it wrong.
      Come on David Millar!

    • dourscot

      And the website fails to give any estimated timings for the Road Race. Somebody’s dropped the ball there. Not a good website.