The morning's leaden skies were familiar to any Glaswegian but the arrival of tens of thousands of spectators for the British National Road Race Championships last month made the city almost unrecognisable.
Dense traffic, potholes, wind and rain can make cycling in Scotland's biggest city a challenge.
So to witness the UK's top riders being afforded the freedom of the city, last seen when Brad Pitt arrived to film World War Z, was simply a revelation.
Lizzie Armitstead crosses the line in first place to become British Road Race champion
On tarmac and dirt track, the public have had a glimpse of what awaits when Glasgow, "the second city of the empire", hosts the Commonwealth Games next summer.
Scottish Cycling's president Alasdair MacLennan called the road race event "absolutely stunning", while for the organisation's chief executive, Craig Burn, the National Championships were "fantastic for cycling in Britain and in Scotland".
For the riders, the feedback for race organisers was generally very positive.
Armitstead told BBC Scotland: "I think the organisation has been amazing. I felt completely safe and happy to be on such a competitive course.
"You think there are only a few climbs but at the end of eight laps you have done near on 40 climbs so it does take it out of you."
For Cavendish, the course was "not too difficult".
He said: "There are short, sharp climbs but they're only 100m long: it's more the 90-degree corners.
"There's a lot of acceleration. Over 180km, 30 corners per lap, 13 laps, that all adds up. It makes your power output pretty high."
The new Cathkin Braes course was used on Sunday for British Cycling's Mountain Bike XC National Championships and will host the Commonwealth Games races
Team Garmin Sharp rider David Millar, a medal prospect for Scotland at the Games said it's a course "where you have to be vigilant the whole time" and added: "I enjoyed it; it's a real racer's course."
The multiple Tour de France stage winner seemed even more impressed with the atmosphere.
"It was incredible," he said. "Literally, in my whole career, I have never been cheered that much on the road.
"It was spine-tingling. I have never been called 'Davie Millar' so much, which I kind of like."
"It was amazing to hear people shouting out my name around the course," she said.
Interview: Scottish cyclist David Millar
"It really gives you a sense of what the Commonwealth Games is going to be like in Glasgow next year."
While the mountain bikers will be at the Cathkin Braes trails to Glasgow's south-east, the road racers will leave the historic Glasgow Green, just to the east of the city centre, before heading along the main shopping thoroughfares and into the west end.
In the National Championships, the riders swooshed through Kelvingrove Park, where the lawn bowls medals will be contested, and past Glasgow University and the banks of red sandstone tenements, which offered an intriguing backdrop.
The route then took the cyclists back into centre, up the brutal incline of Montrose Street, then along cobbled roads around High Street before enjoying a descent to Glasgow Green again.
Requiring similar planning to the road race, the Commonwealth Games time trial will be held in East Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire and the marathon will be contested to the south of the River Clyde.
Interview: British National Road Race champion Mark Cavendish
"A whole load of logistics will have been tested," said Burn after the road race, "right down to testing radios and width of barriers, number of support vehicles, and we'll put that into the planning for making sure Glasgow 2014 is a huge success."
Greg Warnecke, Glasgow 2014's head of sport, was delighted to see a rider of Cavendish's standing win the National title in Glasgow.
Last week the Australian told BBC Scotland it was "a great endorsement" for the course.
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