The Olympic road race will be the first event after the London 2012 Olympic games opening ceremony. Coupled with Bradley Wiggins Tour de France victory and good conditions predicted, the event should be one of the most watched and, indeed, attended event (depending on hangovers from the opening ceremony.).
The men’s race kicks off at 10am on Saturday and the women’s starts at 12pm on Sunday.
Where should you watch the Olympic Road Race?
The Box Hill and Mall sections of the route will only be open to ticket holders. These tickets have now sold out and therefore this will no longer be an option for anyone who hasn’t grabbed one in time.
For the 15,000 people who have, can see details on the Box Hill section of the route in this write up.
If you need to know how to get to Box Hill for the Olympic road race then the organisers have posted transport details. There will be cycle parking available.
Watch the Olympic Road Race along the rest of the route
The Road Race passes some other really excellent spots, including Richmond Park, Putney Bridge and Hampton Court. All of these locations provide an excellent opportunity to view the 145 men and 67 women taking part.
The London 2012 website has a list of estimated times that the riders will pass various points along the road cycling course. They’ll be returning to the Mall around 3:30pm.
To pick your spot, take a look at the map of the road race route.
Watch the Road Race at a live event
To capture the atmosphere, a number of screens have been set up where you can follow the BBC’s live coverage. The Surrey website has a list of these. Road.cc and Surrey Hills AONB will be holding the Surrey Hills Road Race festival at Denbies Vineyard. Details are here.
Get the app and follow the Twitter
Surrey council have created an iPhone app that will contain information on the routes and venues along the way. To download it search for “Surrey Road Cycling” in the app store.
There’s also a Twitter feed called @gosurreylive that will have useful information and race commentary.
Watch it in a cycling café
London’s cycling cafés will be no doubt be a very popular spot to catch the Olympic Road Race. Head to Pearson Cycles, Look Mum No Hands or the brand new Rapha Cycle Cafe – if you can get a spot in time!
Watch it in the comfort of your own home
There is of course a big pleasure in simply kicking back with a couple of beers and watching the 2012 Olympic Road Race from the comfort of your own home. Coverage on BBC 1 should start early in the day.
Where will you be watching the race?
Image of spectators at TdF by Cycling Tips.
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