Men Elite Road Race Route Information

Information & Advice for Sunday 6 August

Route Information

The Men Elite road race takes place on Sunday 6 August, starting in Edinburgh and winding its way across Scotland’s central belt, before finishing in Glasgow. The race is scheduled to start at 9.30am on Sunday 6 August, at Horse Wynd in the Holyrood area of the city centre. There will also be an Exhibition Zone on Holyrood Park. 

After the start, the course will take riders up the Royal Mile, down The Mound, across Princes Street, George Street and Queen Street before turning west through Stockbridge and Craigleith. It then joins the Queensferry Road, travelling along the A90 through Davidson’s Mains and Barnton towards the Queensferry Crossing on the M90.  

After the Queensferry Crossing, the route turns west from the bridge through Fife on the A895 and then the B9037 to Clackmannanshire, where it joins the A977 before looping south on the A876 across the Clackmannan Bridge into the Falkirk area. The route turns south on the A905, then west along the A88, before turning south onto the Kincardine Road through Carronshore, Bainsford, and Grahamstown to central Falkirk. The route moves west along the A803 travelling through Camelon and Bonnybridge, turning north to Denny before heading west through the length of the Carron Valley on the B818.  

Just before Fintry, the race turns south, joining the B822 or Crow Road into East Dunbartonshire through Lennoxtown and Torrance, then joining the A807 towards Bearsden. The route moves south on the A81, joining the Maryhill Road as it descends into Glasgow’s West End, travelling along Great Western Road to Byres Road and joining the Glasgow City Circuit, a 14.3km loop through the city centre which competitors ride a total of 10 times, before finishing in George Square.

Further information about the race, including maps, is available on the Men Elite road race event page. Travel & transport information across the route can be found further down this page. 

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Edinburgh: 09:30 – 10:02  
Fife: 10:02 – 10:36  
Clackmannanshire: 10:36 – 10:40  
Falkirk: 10:40 – 11:20  
Stirling: 11:20 – 11:45  
East Dunbartonshire: 11:45 – 12:12  
Glasgow: 12:12 – 16:00  

All timings are approximate and indicate when the race is expected to enter each Local Authority area.

See Road Closure information further down this page.

Men road race

Road closures & parking

Road closures will be in place for the race:  

  • At the start in Edinburgh, visit City of Edinburgh Council  for road closure details and timing
  • On the M90 and A90 Northbound. The M90 will close at the M9 J1A slip at around 8:45am with the M90 J1A at Queensferry expecting to close around one hour later to protect riders and allow the race to pass safely across the bridge. The A90 Northbound from the Barnton Junction, Edinburgh will be closed from around 09:30am until cyclists are over the Queensferry Crossing. Visit Traffic Scotland for further information
  • M876 / A876 Access to Clackmannanshire and Kincardine Bridges:

    • M876 (Eastbound) : Closed from J7 (M876 / M9) to the A876 (Bowtrees Junction) from 9:45am until approximately 11:00am
    • A876 (Eastbound): Closed from M876 (Bowtrees Junction) across the Clackmannanshire and Kincardine Bridges from 9:45am until approximately 11:00am
    • Rolling road closures will be in operational on these routes in a westbound direction from approximately 10:20am to 11:00am
    • Visit Traffic Scotland for further information
  • At the finish in Glasgow, visit Get Ready Glasgow for road closure timings and details

For the remainder of the race, a rolling road closure will be in operation across the event route, with roads closed for around 30-45 minutes.  

This means roads on and around the route will be closed for the short period in which it takes the race to pass by – usually around 15 minutes before the estimated time of arrival (see timings section above) until approximately 10 minutes after the last rider has passed. Closures are indicated by police escort vehicles and will last around 30 minutes in total. 

For rolling road closure details each of the other areas the race passes through, follow the links to Local Authority partners: 

The route is marked with yellow advanced warning signs in the run up to the race. Please don’t park on the route on the day, as, if necessary, vehicles will be removed.  

Consider avoiding using the car on this day if you can. If you do need to use the car, plan ahead, allow extra time for your journey and avoid the road closure times.

Travel information

Travel advice across the Men Elite Road Race is available at the links below: 

Cycling World Championships: Men Elite Road Race l Cycling World Champs 
Traffic Scotland: UCI Championships - Men's Elite Road Race | Traffic Scotland 
Traveline Scotland: UCI Cycling World Championships: Public transport info l Traveline Scotland