25 July 16:37 (BST)

Road racers to pedal past city's historic sites

GLASGOW - The route of the cycling road race at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships includes many landmarks as it winds its way through Scotland's largest city from east to west and all the way back again.

Here we highlight some of the major historical sites the riders will speed past on their hunt for medals on 5 August and 12 August.

Glasgow Green
The event starts and ends at the Green, which is now famous for music festivals and other events. In the 19th century, however, a good family day out consisted of popping along to Glasgow's east end to watch condemned prisoners being executed.

The hangings used to take place at the entrance to Glasgow Green, facing what is now the High Court building on the Saltmarket.

The area is called Jocelyn Square and if you check the flagstones in front of the impressive McLennan Arch, you will see one that commemorates the area's gruesome history.

Buchanan Street
Now world famous as one of the city's most popular shopping avenues, Buchanan Street is named after wealthy tobacco lord and former Lord Provost of Glasgow, Andrew Buchanan.

He died in 1759 and his empire was inherited by his son James, also twice Lord Provost. The family made huge losses as a result of the American Revolution (1765-1783), losing all of their plantations in Virginia. This prompted them to sell the land in Glasgow that included the street named after them.

King Tut's Wah Wah Hut
As the riders fly down St Vincent Street after reaching the brow of the hill, they will pass the unassuming music venue King Tut's to their right. This is where Britpop legends Oasis were discovered in 1993.

Record label boss Alan McGee had gone there for a drink while he waited for a train to London and spotted a rag-tag bunch of Mancunians who had blagged their way on to the bottom of the bill.

He was not exactly blown away by their musical skills but their swagger and charisma convinced him to take a chance with them. And it was a good one. All concerned became multi-millionaires and household names, while dominating the music scene for years.

Kelvingrove Park
Adjacent to the River Kelvin, a tributary of the River Clyde, the park was intended to provide the new middle class with relaxation and recreation opportunities during the city's continued expansion to the west in the 19th century, and an escape from the rapid slumming of the city centre for those left behind.

The park, now a renowned summer music venue, has been the site of three exhibitions - the 1888 International Exhibition, the 1901 International Exhibition and the 1911 Scottish Exhibition.

Byres Road
The pulsating hub of Glasgow's ever-fashionable and arty West End, Byres Road is the most cosmopolitan and eclectic street in the entire city. Glasgow University is just around the corner and there are countless fashionable bars and restaurants in the locale. No visit to the city is complete without a trip here.

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