- Olympic Road race route announced. Surrey Hills content
Like a lot of people I think I’ll be on the zig-zag at Box Hill
It’s clear that’s where the race will be won and lost. All the big finishers will be struggling to hold the climbers up there, can they minimize their losses sufficiently to be able to set up a sprint at the end.Posted 7 years ago
It’s clear that’s where the race will be won and lost. All the big finishers will be struggling to hold the climbers up there, can they minimize their losses sufficiently to be able to set up a sprint at the end.
I disagree. That’s not a climb to a pro, even fit 2nd cats can big ring it up the zig zags. Ditchling beacon is much worse and the TdF flew up there when it cam over here in 94(?), even the big sprinters. The atmosphere will be brilliant if it’s a sunny day there though.Posted 7 years agoearbyphilMember
ti_pin_man. At least they will fix the road for the race so you will have glass smooth surfaces to ride to work on.Posted 7 years ago
How do I know they will re-surface the route? Because Cavandish complained recently that there was tarmac on a road he had to race on (at the time he was running last)!!aPMember
I think that we’ll try and catch them somewhere around Richmond on the way out and then ride out off road to Headley and catch them on the circuit before retiring to a pub on the river on the way back in.Posted 7 years ago
There’s nothing hilly enough on those roads to do anything to the favourites – they’ve already said that its a sprinter’s course, and that the only thing is that its not a short circuit so the team managers won’t be able to read the race as easily.clubberMember
Don’t want them to look anything other than their best by the finish…
Seriously though, there is a real point there – obviously women’s races are slower so they’re shorter to compensate but they’re not that much slower (eg half the mileage!). I know that several of the better women racers have complained on that point too.Posted 7 years agoaracerSubscriber
are there any other olympic events where the women aren’t expected to do as much as the guys?
XC skiing, biathlon, swimming, kayaking, speed skating, downhill skiing, luge, skeleton… actually along with cycling I reckon that’s a majority of the sports involving covering distance as fast as possible.Posted 7 years agonjee20Subscriber
All mountain bike races too, from local races to world cups. Smaller field and lower speeds.
Box Hill should be good, looks like they’re coming down Combe Lane which is a shame, that would’ve been good! Agree it’s not much of a climb though, even after 9 times I reckon it’ll be a big group at the finish.Posted 7 years ago
I read somewhere that the roads will have to be closed very early on in the morning – something to do with olympic rules / ‘field of play’ restrictions. I can imagine the whinging now.
So, who’s going to cheeky camp on the NT land at Boxhill to get the prime spots?Posted 7 years ago
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