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Cathkin Braes has been hailed as one of Scotland’s cycling hotspots by Lanarkshire’s tourist board. Visit Lanarkshire used the Pearl Izumi Tour Series cycle race, held in Motherwell, to highlight the region's suitability for cyclists.
The road race attracted some of the world’s finest athletes on two wheels.
Cathkin Braes mountain biking circuit is, according to Visit Lanarkshire, a world-class facility, ideal for the more adventurous cyclist. They say: “Built for the Commonwealth Games, this legacy location is free to use and suitable for all abilities across its 5.5km of mixed terrain.
“Just a few miles outside of Scotland’s largest city, the routes are graded in much the same way as ski courses; red is difficult, green and blue routes are more family friendly, whilst the black routes are for dare devils. The terrain starts at the top of the hill, before winding down and back up in a figure of eight loop. The Commonwealth athletes were completing a lap in about 13 minutes, but an average cyclist, who might stop to enjoy the breathtaking views of the city, are more likely to enjoy a challenging hour and a half circuit.”
Cathkin Braes was the site of the Commonwealth Games mountain biking contest last year, with millions worldwide watching Anton Cooper of New Zealand grab gold in the men’s, and Catherine Pendral take the top prize in the women’s event for Canada.
Other facilities highlighted include the Broadwood BMX track in Cumbernauld, cycle routes around Strathclyde Park, the Tour of Britain cycle race route and the Forth and Clyde Canal towpath.
Plans are in place by community development trust, Healthy ‘n’ Happy to turn Rutherglen and Cambuslang into ‘bike towns’.
A proposal to create a new cycling route between Rutherglen and Cambuslang is being discussed while two national cycle routes run through the two towns.