European Road Championships 2018: routes, TV schedule and riders to watch

The European championships for 2018 start on August 2 and take place in Glasgow

The European Championships will see some of the world’s best cyclists visit Glasgow in the summer of 2018 – with track, road, time trial, BMX and mountain bike events taking place throughout August.

The year, the cycling events form part of an inaugural multi-sport European championships, with track, road race and time trial disciplines on the bike appearing alongside athletics, rowing, aquatics, gymnastics, triathlon and golf.

The Scottish venue can host track events at its Sir Chris Hoy velodrome, whilst both the road race and time trial will start and finish in Glasgow city.

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It’s the first time the championships – held in Plumelec, France in 2016 and Herning, Denmark in 2017 – have visited the United Kingdom.

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The Scottish events slot in as part of the newly formed European multi-sport championships, where cycling features alongside aquatics, golf, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon.

European Road Championships routes

The road and time trial routes will see the riders race on the streets of Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire and – in the men’s races – Stirling.

The road races are city centre affairs – the men will complete 16 laps of a 14.4 kilometre course whilst the women will ride nine, to cover 230km and 130km respectively.

Both races set off from the Glasgow’s Riverside Museum, weaving out of the city and finishing on Glasgow Green.

European Championships road race course

European Championships road race course

The time trial routes start and finish in Glasgow as well – with men looping out to Stirling, to cover 45 km and women cutting across early complete 32 km.

European championships time trial course

European championships time trial course

European Road Championships Schedule


Sunday August 5: Women’s road race, 12:30-16:00
Sunday August 12: Men’s road race, 10:30-16:30

Time trial

Wednesday August 8, AM: Women’s time trial, 8:45-11:45
Wednesday August 8, PM: Men’s time trial, 12:45-15:15


Tuesday August 2: Women’s and men’s team pursuit qualifying
Friday August 3: Women’s and men’s team sprint, team team sprint, points
Saturday August 4: Women’s individual pursuit and sprint, men’s TT kilo, omnium
Sunday August 5: Men’s sprint, individual pursuit and points race, women’s elimination
Monday August 6: Men’s sprint and madison, womnen’s omnium and 500m TT
Tuesday August 6: Women’s keirin and madison, men’s keirin and elimination

Watching the European Championships on TV

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is the official media partner for the European championships.

The public service media provider operates Eurovision and Euroradio, and will provide free of charge coverage.

In the UK, the BBC has Eurosport will show coverage.

The BBC’s coverage will be on BBC1 and BBC2, led by presenters Hazel Irvine, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan.

BBC coverage will flip between sports, but these are the slots you’ll find cycling on – and a time table of when the action takes place live is here.

On Eurosport, all the action will be live on Eurosport Player, and the road and time trial events will be on Eurosport 1.

Friday August 3

12:45-17:00, Eurosport 1 – Track cycling

18:45-21:00, Eurosport 1 – Track cycling

23:00-00:00, Eurosport 1 – Track cycling round up

14:45-19:15, BBC1 – Track cycling (Team sprint and team pursuit qualifiers/heats, women’s scratch race final)

17:15-21:00, BBC2 – Track cycling (Team pursuit and team sprint final, men’s scratch final)

Saturday August 4

12:15-16:45, Eurosport 1: Track cycling

19:00-21:00, Eurosport 1: Track cycling

23:00-00:00, Eurosport 1 – Track cycling round up

09:00-1:15, BBC2: Track qualifying (Pursuit, time trial, sprint qualifiers, men’s omnium, women’s points race final)

Sunday August 5

08:45-18:00, Eurosport 1: Track cycling, women’s road race

17:00-21:00, Eurosport 1, Track cycling

23:00-00:00, Eurosport 1 – Cycling round up

09:00-16:30, BBC2: Track cycling (Men’s sprint and pursuit qualifiers, women’s elimination, Women’s road race

17:00-21:00, BBC2: Track cycling (women’s sprint, men’s points race)

Monday August 6

13:30-16:30, Eurosport 1: Track cycling

17:00-21:00, Eurosport 1, Tracy cycling

23:00-00:00, Eurosport 1 – Track cycling round up

09:00-13:45, BBC2: Track cycling (men’s sprint, women’s omnium, men’s madison)

17:15-19:00, BBC2: Track cycling  (men’s sprint, women’s omnium)

Tuesday August 7

11:45-14:30, Eurosport 1: Track cycling

23:00-00:00, Eurosport 1 – Track cycling round up

08:30-13:45, BBC2: Track cycling (men’s and women’s keirin, men’s elimination final, women’s madison)

13:45-17:15, BBC1: Track cycling (men’s and women’s keirin final)

Wednesday August 8

09:00-11:15, Eurosport 1: Women’s Time Trial

13:00-15:30, Eurosport 1: Men’s Time Trial

15:30-16:30, Eurosport 1: Women’s Time Trial

23:00-00:00, Eurosport 1 – Cycling round up

08:30-12:00, BBC2: Women’s Time Trial

12:00-13:15, BBC2: Men’s Time Trial

Sunday August 12

12:15-17:30, Eurosport 1: Men’s road race

08:00-13:15, BBC2: Men’s road race (starts 10:30)

13:15-17:00, BBC1: Men’s road race

European Road Championships riders to watch

The defending champions in the road events are Marianne Vos (Netherlands) and Alexander Kristoff (Norway), whilst time trial European champions are former world champion Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) and Victor Campenaerts (Belgium).

Vos took the title from a breakaway group of six riders, whilst Kristoff’s victory came down to a bunch sprint.

Nations will put forward teams of between two and eight riders for the road race, depending upon their position based upon UCI World ranking and UCI Europe Tour ranking.

In the solo event, nations can put forward two riders per gender each.

British Cycling’s track team

The Glasgow European Championships mark the start of BC’s Olympic qualifying period for Tokyo 2020.

Laura and Jason Kenny feature in the line up – the pair have ten Olympic gold medals between then.

Depending European team pursuit champions Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Eleanor Dickinson return, and World team pursuit champions Ed Clancy, Kian Emadi, Ethan Hayter and Charlie Tanfield will also ride.

Men’s Track Endurance:

John Archibald (27, Milngavie)
Steven Burke (30, Colne)
Ed Clancy (33, Barnsley)
Kian Emadi (25, Stoke-on-Trent)
Ethan Hayter (19, London)
Charlie Tanfield (21, North Yorkshire)
Matthew Walls (20, Oldham)
Ollie Wood (22, Wakefield)

Women’s Track Endurance:

Katie Archibald (24, Milngavie)
Elinor Barker (23, Cardiff)
Ellie Dickinson (20, Carlisle)
Neah Evans (27, Langbank)
Emily Kay (22, Bromsgrove)
Laura Kenny (26, Cheshunt)

Men’s Track Sprint:

Jack Carlin (21, Paisley)
Philip Hindes (25, Krefeld, Germany)
Jason Kenny (30, Bolton)
Ryan Owens (22, Milton Keynes)
Joe Truman (21, Portsmouth)

Women’s Track Sprint:

Lauren Bate (18, St Helens)
Sophie Capewell (19, Lichfield)
Katy Marchant (25, Leeds)

British Cycling’s road and time trial selections

The confirmed road race rosters include the likes of former World champion Mark Cavendish and former Olympic track champion Dani Rowe (nee King).

In the TT, former National champion Hayley Simmonds represents the women, whilst 2017 National championships runner up and third placed Harry Tanfield and Alex Dowsett will represent Great Britain.

Cavendish said: “I’m looking forward to the European Championships and racing in a British jersey again. Glasgow is pretty special to me as it’s where I won the National Road Race Championships in 2013, and the home-crowd support is always an amazing experience. I think we’ve got a strong team, I know the lads well from racing with them before, and we’ll give it our all on race day.”

Rowe said: “I’m tremendously excited to be competing in Glasgow 2018, it’s a course I know well from the National Road Race Championships in 2013 and the Commonwealth Games in 2014. I’m pleased with my season so far, particularly the results I’ve had on British soil, so I’m hoping to carry this form through to Glasgow.”

Former pro rider and sports director at Team Dimension Data Roger Hammond will be the road team ‘directeur sportif’ for the men’s team.

Men’s Road:

Adam Blythe (28, Sheffield)
Mark Cavendish (33, Isle of Man)
Mark Christian (27, Isle of Man)
Owain Doull (25, Cardiff)
Luke Rowe (28, Cardiff)
Ian Stannard (31, Chelmsford)
Ben Swift (30, Rotherham)
Scott Thwaites (28, Wharfedale)

Men’s time trial:

Alex Dowsett (29, Essex)
Harry Tanfield (23, North Yorkshire)

Women’s Road:

Lizzy Banks (27, Sheffield)
Alice Barnes (23, Kent)
Dani Christmas (30, Surrey)
Anna Henderson (19, Buckinghamshire)
Nikki Juniper (36, Essex)
Abby Mae Parkinson (20, Yorkshire)
Dani Rowe (27, Southampton)
Sophie Wright (19, Norfolk)

Women’s time trial: 

Hayley Simmonds (30, Redditch)

Former European Champions


  • Road: Marianne Vos (Netherlands) & Alexander Kristoff (Norway)
  • Time Trial: Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) & Victor Campenaerts (Belgium)


  • Road: Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) & Peter Segan (Slovakia)
  • Time Trial: Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) & Jonathan Castroviejo (Spain)