Olympic Cycling Route Announced
Courtesy of London 2012
The London 2012 Organising Committee announced the new route for the Olympic Cycling Road Races. The course starts at The Mall and passes through six west London boroughs before heading out to Surrey and back. The new route is a change from London's original bid and has been approved by the International Cycling Federation (UCI), the International Olympic Committee and relevant city boroughs.
Races are scheduled to take place during the opening weekend of the Games, on July 28-29, 2012. The men's race will be approximately six hours and 250km with 145 riders; the women's race will be three-and-a-half hours and 140km with 67 riders.
“The explosion in cycling in the capital over the past year proves that Londoners have well and truly caught the cycling bug; there's no better way of getting around the city than on two wheels,” says London Mayor Boris Johnson. “This great route not only takes in London's iconic landmarks but brings the Games to the doorsteps of even more parts of the capital.”