Today we took a trip in London for the London Surrey Cycle Classic part of the ‘London Prepares’ series that replicates the route scheduled for the London Olympics in 2012. Today’s ride of 140 km did follow the route planned for the big event, but only took a couple of turns rather than the nine that will take place on the day. We had ‘Silver Wristbands’ (thank you J) which meant gaining access to the finish sprint down The Mall.
We, that is just Cyclo and me, drove into London and parked in a side street, then took the tube in, followed by a short walk. We were nodded in to the cordoned off area, where there was a lovely atmosphere. At first we found a place to sit and read the papers with a cup of coffee, but soon it was necessary to take our place along the barriers. From where we stood we could see that there were quite big crowds outside, several deep at the barriers, but we were lucky enough to have a section of barrier to ourselves!
Looking back towards Buckingham Palace
Over the loudspeaker a commentator kept us informed of the race’s progress, but there were no screens as this event wasn’t being formally filmed. I do hope that for the real thing big screens will be in place to keep the crowds informed and interested.
When the cyclists came through, even though I was prepared I only got two shots of the main bunch… one of them approaching in the distance and one as they had nearly passed.
You can’t tell from this, but Mark Cavendish won. Woo hoo!A British Winner