The London 2012 Olympic Games start on Saturday with the mens’ road race, the event that will show off London, and parts of Surrey, to a worldwide audience of millions.

Many of the riders travelled to their bases in Surrey in the 24 hours after the Tour de France, and will spend the next few days recovering from the previous three weeks and riding the crucial Box Hill loop, the centre piece of the road race.

>>>>Download our map of the Olympic road race route here (PDF)

The men’s race starts on the Mall at 10am before heading south-west to Richmond Park, Hampton court and West Byfleet before heading south to Shere and the North Downs. From there the races head east along the A25 to Dorking before hitting the 15.5k Box Hill loop.

The climb of Box Hill is, of course, ticketed but the rest of the 250km route is free to go and watch. Download our map for advice on where to stand and what time the men’s and women’s road races come through.

the women’s race follows the exact same route on Sunday (starting at midday) but will only do two laps of the Box Hill loop before heading back in to London.

Watch the video of the Box Hill loop

Click on the map to download it (PDF)

London 2012: Men’s cycling road race schedule

Times may be subject to change

10am – Start: The Mall

10.35am – Hampton Court Palace

10.45am – Walton-on-Thames

11.05am – Ripley Village

11.25am – Gomshall

11.30am – Westcott

11.35am – Dorking

11.40am – Box Hill: start of first lap

2.50pm – Box Hill: finish of last lap

3.05pm – Esher

3.10pm – Hampton Court Palace

3.15pm – Kingston Upon Thames

3.20pm – Richmond Park

3.30pm – Putney Bridge

3.35pm – Fulham

3.40pm – Finish: The Mall

London 2012: Women’s cycling road race schedule

Times may be subject to change

12noon – Start: The Mall

12.40pm – Hampton Court Palace

12.50pm – Walton-on-Thames

1.15pm – Ripley Village

1.40pm – Gomshall

1.50pm – Westcott

1.55pm – Dorking

2.00pm – Box Hill: start of first lap

2.50pm – Box Hill: finish of last lap

3.00pm – Esher

3.10pm – Hampton Court Palace

3.15pm – Kingston Upon Thames

3.20pm – Richmond Park

3.35pm – Putney Bridge

3.40pm – Fulham

3.45pm – Finish: The Mall

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  • Sherwin Smith

    John Raynham’s message is incoherent but may be important. Please interview him and explain what he means

  • john raynham

    re drugs/ come none of the sponsers or officials or police have been come only the cyclists.We spent ten yrs central london investigating scams going on in politics/law/courts/health and we include the statements made by the mayors office when we told em that the unbrella orgs for councils in uk had openly admiited corruption, the statement was – oh we rely on them for deciding mayoral policy..AND – the mayor is not interested in human rights/spending/health issues you have raised he just wants people to ride bikes thro parks..Wew went to one cycle event to explain it to the competitors who are oh so lovely. we virtualy were offered violence in their attempt to ride a bike to fame.They expressed no interest what so ever re the local admonistration.. The contacts we have at the bbc told us – make sure the 10.000 pages evidence are stored outside uk.We say- when sport/money/fame/popularity go this far its time top end it and reform.This has been copied and,if nec, will be widely circulated. Many people have tried to deny our reality but,when faced withe proof there a sudden avoidance.Why??.Is that why weve had a solicitor screaming down the phone-youve got too much evidence. (never ever know in law history). A precendent re indictment.

  • Obbop

    I am a Disgruntled Old Coot huddled in a hovel atop the Ozark Plateau in the USA .

    I wish I had the wealth to visit England but too much of the small amount I received for decades of arduous labor was skimmed off to ensure the small minority at the top of the socio-economic hierarchy could amass the majority of the USA’s wealth.

    Oh well.

    I am so grateful for the Web so I can “visit” England by proxy.

    Your Web site has been very helpful to me as I watch the Olympic bicycle racing on the TV (telly to you Brits!!)

    Have a wonderful week on your side of the ocean.

    Maybe if I win a BIG payout on the $1 per ticket Lottery I can visit the British Isles!!!!

    Wish me luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!