Men's Olympic Cycle Road Races. Members +invited guests only

Sat 28th Jul 2012

Walk Details:

Event Details Updated
start times and details updated
Event Type
Group Walk
Region
Southern England
Local Group
London
Distance
c 15ml.
Start Time
09.35
Route
Leatherhead stn. Dep Waterloo 08.54. Return from West Humble. Expect crowds for both Box Hill and the start of Olympic Tennis at Wimbledon - would recommend getting train tickets in advance

Please come fully self sufficient, with packed lunch, drink and nibbles to keep you going until after the race departs Box Hill around 2.40 when we will head for a pub. The race, lapping every 20 minutes, will cover 9 laps of the Box Hill circuit. The plan is to walk to, and intercept the race at, various free public access points on the 9 mile circuit. A day to immerse yourself in the excitement of a spectacular sporting event. Drivers: The route will be closed motor vehicles all day

General Notes
Map is available on http://www.getaheadofthegames.com/travelinaffectedareas/surrey-road-race.html
Start and Finish

Entry Details:

Cost

Walk Report

Men's Olympic Cycle Road Races, Saturday 28th July 2012
14 walkers, 15 miles - leader Godfrey O'Callaghan
Olympic Viewing
Firstly an apology to those who would have preferred a traditional day walk - perhaps you found one with another group on the day. However, for some members of London Group the opportunity of combining a shorter walk with an Olympic event was there for the taking.
14 turned up although our walks secretary, in pain, went home. After watching the race start on a huge outdoor screen in Leatherhead we set off for Box Hill. The plan was to move around the course to see the race at different points but the vast crowds made that close to impossible. Instead we found a good spot in the sun and sat the race out there and Sue Cannell hung her Manx flag in support of Mark Cavendish - not that he stopped to say "hello". But he did ride at the front of the chasing group with the other four GB team members every time he came past!
After the race had left the area we managed to extricate ourselves from the masses and found our way to a pub, the King William above Mickleham, where they had a screen in the garden. It seemed half of England had got there before us though - but the beer was good! A day of excellent weather and a wonderfully relaxed ambiance.

Maps:

You can use the interactive controls to zoom in and out and to move around the map, or click on a marker for more info. (interactive map help)

Show Group Accommodation

Show Hostel Accommodation

Show Bunk House

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.