Four cyclists from Sri Lanka who are in Scotland to compete in the Commonwealth Games, which have their opening ceremony tonight at Glasgow’s Celtic Park, were this morning stopped by police – after taking to the M74 motorway for a training ride.
The quartet were spotted close to the exit for Motherwell and Hamilton, with a Police Scotland spokesperson saying, "Police attended the scene and advice and assistance was given."
Among those who spotted the riders was Olympic triathlon bronze medallist Jonathan Brownlee, who is competing in Glasgow and tweeted a picture of the riders.
Just seen the Sri Lankan cycling team on the M74. Suppose it is a nice wide road!! pic.twitter.com/1sMV3ZDAin
— Jonathan Brownlee (@jonny_brownlee) July 23, 2014
The episode is reminiscent of one that happened 12 years ago when the Commonwealth Games took place in Manchester and a pair of cyclists from Kenya decided to go for a training ride on the M61, covering 17 miles before police pulled them over.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.