- Olympic Road Race Access – Dorking
Hi, I was thinking of driving from Brighton up the A24 (past the Red Chilli restaurant) and turning left into Dorking town centre at the roundabout at the bottom of Dorking. Hoping to park in a residential area or a Dorking car park.Posted 5 years ago
Does anyone know if I’ll be able to get that close or am I better off ditching the car at Capel and cycling in from there?
Or are there better options (that avoid trains).
There’s parking at the Priory School for 20 quid a pop, it’s well signposted. Access is from just off the Horsham Road/Coldharbour Lane. So road access to it is open I would guess.
This is at the end of a housing estate with a single access road, I suggest you get there early and expect to wait a long time to leave, there could well be total gridlock. Even at normal school times it gets pretty snarled up. It seems daft to me but there you go.
@26s: [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca-HZ7qiR0I[/video]Posted 5 years agoribbMember
I dont know the area at all so my son and I will be driving towards boxhill then dump the car as near as we can get and ride the rest of the way. I am hoping I can get somewhere on the boxhill section without much trouble. Any ideas of somewhere close enough where I can dump the car ?Posted 5 years ago
ribb – Member
I dont know the area at all so my son and I will be driving towards boxhill then dump the car as near as we can get and ride the rest of the way. I am hoping I can get somewhere on the boxhill section without much trouble. Any ideas of somewhere close enough where I can dump the car ?
good luck, even the locl schools in Ashtead are expecting capacity in their carparks for this – try and get the train it will be the best way otheriwse you will end up having to park very far away!
although was pleasantly surprised that China Pig is still open 🙂Posted 5 years agojim76Member
There are around 70’000 train passengers expected into Boxhill & Westhumble station. 6 carriage train takes around 800 people. Good luck if you are getting the train..
I would park outside of Dorking and cycle – that gives you the option of re-positioning if you want to. Dorking is a complete nightmare on a normal day, the road system can’t cope with the volume of traffic. It will be crazy to try and drive anywhere near the place Tommorow.
Could always watch it from home – see the whole race that way 🙂Posted 5 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
If that helps?Posted 5 years agoCheezpleezSubscriber
You can park on my drive for £100/day. 😆 You’ll probably need to arrive early this evening and stay till Monday or Tuesday, though.
With the crowds outside my front door creating the atmospere, I reckon the best view will be on the telly. I’ll save you a seat on the sofa.Posted 5 years ago
I’d seriously think about watching it on the tellybox rather than travelling any distance and dealing with the logistics/crowds. Unless you’re on the Box Hill loop, the experience will be a few seconds. If you are on the loop, it might add up to a minute or 2!
I know the area well, if the predictions are correct the place will be in gridlock. With all the hills there are only so many lanes and routes available.Posted 5 years agojambalayaSubscriber
Nirvana Cycles in Westcott will give you free tea and cake (or 20% off a bike !) plus there is a new van service based in the converted pub offering free pies.
I expect the route will be crowded even along the A25 when they go past once but it will be a grand day out, party atmosphere, take a picnic, watch them fly past once then retreat to a pub to watch the finish on TV. All that and riding your bike a bit, what’s not to like ? Cheer on our World Champion and our TdF winner, you can say you were there ..Posted 5 years agomatt23Member
I’m based at Denbies Wine Estate this weekend working on the Powerbar stand……..loads of space, small mtb pump track with DMR bikes, trek, cannondale, sillier, SRAM, schwable, Raphael, continental are doing a small expo there sat n sun…..dunno how busy it’s going to be But got a massive tv screen to watch the whole race to.
Pop along spend the day, buy sum powerbar and the wines are nice to 🙂Posted 5 years ago
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