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8 . Glasgow Business May/June 2013


Sport


Unique elements will draw elite cyclists to Glasgow


Scottish National Cycling road champion Kayleigh Brogan formally launched the British Cycling National Road Race Championships taking place in Glasgow from 20-23 June. The event is the highlight


of the National Elite Road Racing calendar and attracts the biggest names in the sport, including Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and Lizzie Armistead. The Glasgow event will be unique as it is the first time the championships will take place in an urban environment, with the course weaving through the heart of the city. The road race is being


heavily anticipated as it features elements of the proposed route for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Another first for the


event will be the inclusion of the National Time Trial Championships, which will be contested on the same weekend as the road race events. The time trial will run


through East Ayrshire on Thursday 20 June. Both the men’s and


women’s races will take place on Sunday 23 June, starting at Glasgow Green. The route runs through the city centre taking in Buchanan Street before carrying on to the west end where it will pass through Kelvingrove Park. It will circuit the West End


before heading back through the city centre to its origin in Glasgow Green. There are spectator areas


at Glasgow Green and at many points around the route. The organisers will


communicate directly with businesses close to the route. But updates on the plans are available at www.glasgow.gov. uk/eventinformation


It’s starters orders for 2014 Games athletes


Scotland’s athletes were put under starters orders for Glasgow 2014 with the announcement that the official selection period to qualify for Team Scotland is now open. Athletes from the 17 sports that


make up the Games will have just over a year to produce the necessary performances to justify selection. Team Scotland is aiming to


do beter than its previous best performance in Melbourne 2006 when the athletes won 29 medals: 11 Gold, seven Silver and 11 Bronze. To highlight the start of the


selection period, Commonwealth Games Scotland (GCS) launched a public engagement campaign – ‘Go Scotland!’ Te campaign will highlight the


17 sports in the Games and the athletes aiming to qualify for Team Scotland. GCS is urging everyone in


» Campaign gets behind Scottish athletes to qualify for 2014 Games


Scotland to get behind the team by pledging their support at www.goscotland.org and through social media channels such as Facebook and Twiter. David Grevemberg, Chief


Executive of Glasgow 2014, said: “Te passion and enthusiasm of home support for Team Scotland will be a defining element of a successful Commonwealth Games for Glasgow and Scotland. “Tis is a real opportunity for


people in communities across Scotland to start connecting with a new generation of home-grown sporting heroes and heroines and share the journey with them towards success at our home Games.”


Glasgow 2014 and the


Commonwealth Games Federation have announced a unique collaboration with UNICEF, which aims to touch the lives of children in Scotland and in Commonwealth countries around the world. Nicola Adams, the Olympic


female Boxing Gold Medallist, unveiled the partnership at Swinton Primary School in the east end of Glasgow. Sir Chris Hoy announced that he


would not take part in the Glasgow Games as a competitor having announced his retirement from competitive cycling, but he said he hoped to play the role of mentor to some of the Scotish athletes.


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