Olympic cycling – the lycra clad pedal pushers are coming!

Imagine the scene – and you can choose whether to imagine this scene with delight or dread – it’s the morning of Sunday 14th August and 140 lycra clad masochists come hurtling towards you through the streets of Twickenham on super sleek racing bikes pursued by a caravan of motorbikes and vans. Spectators begin to cheer then whoosh, in a blur of colours featuring national flags and corporate logos, the maniacs are gone. Yes little friends, that was the London Surrey Cycle Classic, aka the test event for the London 2012 Olympic road race, that just passed through your town. It’s happening this Sunday and, after the depressing events of the last week, it will provide a positive and exciting spectacle for Londoners to watch. If you like bikes.

The Race
There’s a lot of big names from the world of cycling taking part, of which the only one most of us have heard of is Mark Cavendish, but that doesn’t matter, they’re top athletes. All told there’ll be 28 teams with five riders each from a mix of national squads and sponsored race teams. The course is 140km long, starts and finishes on The Mall with the little matter of a trip to Box Hill in between.

Where & when?
If you want to watch it pass through Twickenham the race comes along Richmond Road, down York Street, King Street and Cross Deep before heading up to Bush Park along Waldegrave Road. Precise times may vary but the race starts at 9.00am and should enter Richmond Park at about 9.15am which means it should arrive in Twickenham not too long afterwards. Maybe 9.20ish. If you plan to watch, get there early as these guys do cycle rather fast!

Yes there will be a lot of traffic disruption through road closures and diversions so check the TFL website if you’re planning to drive anywhere. Most of the road closures take effect in the early hours of Sunday morning and are expected to be lifted by about 11.30am but check for details.

Enjoy the spectacle.

* TFL’s Check Before You Travel page.
* Various background bits on this Cycling Weekly website.
* The St Margarets local website has a lot of very good stuff about it here.
* Richmond Council page with various links & info is here.
* Richmond Cycling also have a lot of stuff about it including timings, here.
* London Prepares website


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2 responses to “Olympic cycling – the lycra clad pedal pushers are coming!

  1. HH

    it’s not just driving; there is no public transport except trains, so hopefully you have a station within walking distance. Otherwise you are locked in. Tough if you want to do anything else with your Sunday – you can spend an exciting two minutes watching the race pass but that’s it!

  2. Gareth Roberts

    This is a great and exciting event but the council’s publicising of the traffic disruption has been pathetic. Even now I get correspondence asking me if I’ve heard about the event and can I tell them what’s happening

    This link is probably the most important one

    The key thing to know about this map is that if you live INSIDE the red line you’re going nowhere by car on Sunday morning between 0600 and 1200 ……well other than if you want to drive within the red line area ….and have an amphibious vehicle if you want to go to Ham or Petersham.

    If you know anybody who is planning to go anywhere on Sunday – it could be a Christening, a day out at the seaside, taking a flight , going to visit a relative in hospital or anything – and they live inside the red line then you may want to tip them the wink and make sure they’re aware because they won’t be able to drive to their destination after 0600 until the roads reopen at 1200