What is a peloton? Term and Cycling route explained


Top cycling stars from across the Commonwealth compete in the road races.

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


As you tune in, you might be wondering what some of the terminologies mean.

Here’s everything you need to know:


What is a peloton?

If you watch the road race, you might hear the commentators talking a lot about the peloton.


It has nothing to do with the expensive home workout product.

Peloton is a French word, it literally means “ball” but is often used to mean “group” and is used in cycling as the name for the main group or pack of cyclists in a road race.


When there are multiple breakaways, the peloton is the group with the most riders.

Cyclists ride in groups to conserve energy as they ride close or behind other riders to create slipstreams or slipstreams.


How long is the street race?

The women’s race was 112 km – that’s about 69.5 miles.


The men’s race is longer at 160 km.

That means almost 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?

The Commonwealth Games website describes the route as follows:

  • The course begins on Myton Road outside Myton Fields and heads north across the River Avon with stunning views of Warwick Castle and St Nicholas Park towards Warwick town center before turning immediately left onto Jury Street (A429). the Collegiate Church of St Marys on the right, Warwick City Council offices and Warwick High Street with Lord Leycester Hospital on the right.
  • The course follows this road until you turn right onto Shakespeare Avenue and then left onto Hampton Road (A4189) opposite Warwick Race Course. Cyclists then head towards Hampton on the Hill and the rural section of the route
  • The course passes through the village of Hampton on the Hill. From here the course takes the more rural roads of Old Budbrooke Road, Church Lane and Ugly Bridge Road before turning right onto Birmingham Road (A4177) which will take cyclists back to Warwick
  • The course continues along the Birmingham Road (A425) via Priory Road to the Coten End, Emscote Road and Warwick New Road before turning onto Princes Drive
  • The course stays on Princes Drive, past Victoria Park, at the Royal Leamington Spa, home of the Birmingham 2022 Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls competitions, until you turn right at the roundabout onto Myton Road.
  • The final run to the finish runs along Myton Road and offers a long, straight finish outside of Warwick School and Myton Fields.

Who drives the men’s road race?