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Commonwealth Games cyclists go training... on a motorway

Quartet of Sr Lankan riders spotted on M74 near Glasgow this morning

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.



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.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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