Women's Olympic Cycle Rd Race Members + invited guests only

Sun 29th Jul 2012

Walk Details:

Event Details Updated
Start times and details updated
Event Type
Group Walk
Southern England
Local Group
Start Time
Hampton Wick Stn. Dep Waterloo 09.48 with one-day travel card - any station return. Expect crowds for both the cycle race and Olympic Tennis at Wimbledon - would recommend getting train tickets in advance

A saunter around Bushy Park and Hampton Court area with Chris Dent to catch the women as they head out to Box Hill around 12.40, followed by a pub Lunch on the Thames at The Boaters Inn (carry food in case it is rammed). Then to Richmond Park to see the race return around 15.20.

General Notes
Drivers: All roads along the race will be closed from about 06.00. Most likely it will not be possible to approach, enter or leave the area enclosed by the route. A map is available at http://www.getaheadofthegames.com/travelinaffectedareas/surrey-road-race.html
Start and Finish

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Walk Report

Bushy Park and Richmond Park, Sunday 29th July 2012
9 walkers, 10 miles - leader Chris Dent
If the first day was typical of a good summer's day, Sunday offered the alternative of a typically bad summer's day and we were rained upon, heavily, at the viewing point in Bushy Park. To keep us entertained, rolls of thunder crashed and lightening lit up the heavens. This was acceptable until someone asked what might happen if the barriers received a lightning strike. Clearly it would provide a new meaning to the Great British Fry Up!
Chris Dent had led a merry walk through lesser known bits of the area and then took the pace to the lunch pub at The Boaters Inn where we had a good view of the race on a large screen TV. The sun appeared to be out during this part of the race but when we set off for Richmond Park to see the race through on its way back to London the heavens once more spilled their contents over the watching crowd.
After the race had passed through we headed to Pembroke Lodge and some got chatting to a gentleman who turned out to be Lizzie Armistead's (she won a silver medal in the race) family Doctor who was clearly thrilled at her achievement. And for all those who asked why the Women's event featured less riders and a shorter distance, Lizzie A (a Yorkshire lass through and through) is determined to fight that piece of sexist IOC cant - a hangover from days of yore when young women were, well, less appreciated amongst the sporting classes.
Thanks to Chris for leading an interesting walk, showing his local knowledge by taking us on lesser known and very attractive paths.



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