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Cycling - Road Race

Sunday 7 August

What to expect

The Road Races start and end in Warwick and extend to parts of Royal Leamington Spa.

The rules of the cycling road race are simple – all riders begin together on the start line, and the first one to finish secures the gold.

The race involves completing laps of the route up to a final distance of 160km for men, and 112km for women. This is one of the most physically demanding events at the Games and requires competitors to dig deep.

Held on public roads, this is an event that takes the Games to the very heart of the community, and the route will be lined by thousands of spectators, roaring their heroes to victory.

  Women Men
Start 8:00 12:30
Finish 10:55 16:30


Warwick Cycling Road Map Route Map

Best spots to watch the Cycling Road Race

Apart from the ticket only viewing area at the start/finish area in Myton Fields, Warwick, there are no designated public viewing areas but don’t worry, as those spectators without tickets can still see plenty of the action by following these tips:

  • Stay Local

    Stay local - There are great opportunities to view the action along most parts of the course but we encourage you to stay local if you live in or are staying in the area.

    Leave no stretch unsupported - if you are travelling in from outside the area you are encouraged to spread out along the entire length of the course, to support your favourite country or individual athlete.

    Competitors need your encouragement for the whole route, so please make your voice heard.

  • Multiple laps are more fun

    Multiple laps are more fun - Wherever you watch the race, you’ll see plenty of the action as the riders will cycle past you several times.

    It could be cosy out west - Roads toward the west of the course are narrow, so if you wish to view in this area you are encouraged to head to Hampton on the Hill.

  • Travelling by train

    Roads into central Warwick in particular could be busy, so please consider using the train. The route goes close to Leamington Spa and Warwick Parkway Stations, and these could be good alternatives to Warwick Station, which is expected to be busy.

    Please be aware that the course loops around Warwick Parkway Station which means that once the race starts you will not be able to cross the course in a vehicle. Pedestrians can cross at designated steward-controlled crossing points.

Before you leave home

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  • Arrive early

    Don't miss a second of the action.

    To avoid disappointment, aim to arrive at your preferred viewing spot well before the start of the race.

  • Be prepared

    You are likely to spend most of your time outdoors so check the weather forecast and be prepared for all British summer time weather conditions.

    Appropriate footwear will be a must. All the cheering and celebrating works up an appetite, so bring a picnic with you or check-out the best place to grab a bite to eat near the course.

  • Ensure your phone is fully charged

    Everything you need for your day at the Games is accessible on your mobile phone, so be sure to charge it up before you leave.

    Don't worry about losing signal, as the Games App is available to use offline.

About the area - What to do and where to stay

Warwick is a picturesque historic market town, famous for its magnificent castle and historic charm. Sitting on the River Avon, it is blessed with beautiful parks and gardens and an abundance of superb specialist and independent shops, as well as a great range of places to eat and drink.  

The town offers visitors the opportunity to explore, not only the architectural gems of its medieval history, but also the modern vibrant life of the county town of Warwickshire.

To find out more about the local town and what there is to do, please visit:  

Royal Leamington Spa, located in the heart of Warwickshire is a thriving town offering culture, leisure, gastronomy and wellbeing, all elegantly combined with a distinctive shopping experience. It boasts wide boulevards, award winning parks and dramatic Regency architecture all within a third of a mile square.

The town’s popularity was largely due to its natural spa springs, discovered and commercialised in the nineteenth century. Royal Leamington Spa today offers an eclectic mix of independent retailers and well-known brands as well as a vibrant choice of places to eat and drink, all for a stress-free day out.

If you would like to find out more to do with the town, please visit

  • Get Active

    If you’re travelling locally, walking or cycling will be the easiest way to get to where you want to view the event.

    Please see the course route on this page to pick your spot.

    Cycling will be a great option and there will be dedicated bicycle parking facilities around the course.

    Please note, we encourage you to park your bike before viewing the event so there is more space for everyone.

  • Catch the train

    Warwick, Warwick Parkway and Leamington Spa Railway Stations are all close to the route.

    Please note that road closures around Warwick Parkway Station during the event mean that only pedestrians will be able to cross the course from the station, once the race begins.

    If you have accessibility requirements, please use Leamington Spa Station as it has step-free access to platforms and passenger assistance is available.

    Please contact the relevant train operator for further information. You can also use the Games Journey Planner to confirm your best options. Note: As it takes place on a Sunday, the early stages of the women’s race will be difficult to get to by train, with limited services arriving before 0900 (and with the race starting at 0800).

  • Take the bus

    The West Midlands bus network is extensive and could be a great option but please note services in the area could be subject to change on the day of the event due to temporary road restrictions.

    Please use the Games Journey Planner to plan your travel as it will reflect any temporary changes to usual operations.

  • Taxi and private hire

    There are no drop off or pick up points directly outside the venue.

    The closest private hire taxi drop off and pick up location to Myton Fields is in the Warwick Technology Park.

  • Driving

    There will be no parking near the route and road closures due to the race mean it will be difficult to drive through the area. We recommend spectators use active travel and public transport options wherever possible.

    Roads in the area are expected to be busy and some, especially those roads on which the event takes place, will be subject to extensive road restrictions from about 03:00 until 19:00 on Sunday 7 August.

    Vehicles will not be able to cross the course once it is closed however pedestrians will be able to cross at designated points. Full details of road restrictions are available here. If you intend to drive, please make use of the public parking areas.

15:39 BST