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What is a peloton? Term and Cycling route at Commonwealth Games explained

What is a peloton? Term and Cycling route at Commonwealth Games explained

Top cycling stars from across the Commonwealth are competing in the road races. The men’s road race will take place at the Commonwealth Games from…

Sunday, Aug 07

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Top cycling stars from across the Commonwealth are competing in the road races.

The men’s road race will take place at the Commonwealth Games from 12.30pm today (7 August).

If you are tuning in, you might be wondering what some of the terminology means.

Here is all you need to know: What is a peloton?

If you are watching the road race, you might hear the commentators talk about the peloton a lot.

It is nothing to do with the expensive home exercise product.

Peloton is a French word, it literally means “ball” but is often used to mean a “group”, and it is used in cycling as the name for the main group or pack of cyclists in a road race.If there are a number of break aways, then the peloton will be the group with the largest amount of riders.Cyclists ride in groups to save energy, as riding close to or behind other riders to create drafting or slipstreaming. How long is the road race? The women’s race was 112km – which is about 69.5 miles.The men’s race is longer at 160km.This translates to just shy of 100 miles – 99.4 to be exact.What is a peloton? (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images) What is the route of the road race? On the Commonwealth Games website it describes the route as: Starting on Myton Road, outside Myton Fields, the course heads north, over the River Avon, with a stunning view of Warwick Castle and St Nicholas Park, towards Warwick town […]

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