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Details of the men’s and women’s 2012 Olympic Games cycling road race route were officially revealed
to the public and assembled media
on Box Hill, Surrey,
by the London Organising Committee on Thursday morning.

As previously reported by Cycling Weekly, the route starts and finishes on The Mall, London, and travels south west through Putney, Richmond Park, Twickenham, Westhumble and Dorking before arriving at the likely flashpoint of the race at Box Hill, including the famous Zig Zag Road to the top ridden by hundreds of cyclists every weekend. The riders then return north through, Leatherhead, Esher, Hampton Court and Kingston-upon-Thames to the Mall

The men’s race is around 250 kilometres, including nine laps of a 15.5km circuit of Box Hill, with the women’s clocking up 140 kilometres and including two laps of Box Hill.

The race will be run on fully closed roads and the route has already been agreed with all local authorities, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and British Cycling. Early concerns about impact on wildlife at the sensitive chalk downland habitat in the Box Hill area – owned by the National Trust – now seem to have been resolved.

A dress rehearsal UCI international road race has been scheduled for mid-August this year to test out the route in advance of the Games.

Seb Coe, chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee said: “This extends the Games into the South West of London and Surrey. We are delighted to be bringing such high profile and exciting events here which will bring the Road Race into challenging cycling terrain through many new boroughs and districts. Following our medal success in Beijing, the road cycling events really will bring the magic of the Games to life for many thousands of spectators.” 

British hopes for the road race events are high, with Nicole Cooke looking to defend her Olympic title from the 2008 Beijing Games and Manx sprinter Mark Cavendish bidding for the men’s title on home soil.

“Competing in a home Olympic Games is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Cavendish. “To compete in the Road Race on the opening weekend of the London 2012 Games in front of home fans is going to be amazing. I look forward to checking out the course in detail and to experiencing the well known cycling terrain in Surrey through to the finish on The Mall.” 

Earlier this year, Cycling Weekly rode the route of the Olympic Games with a group of professional riders.

Details of the time trial routes will be released shortly.

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London 2012 Olympic Games cycling road race map

Related links

2012 Olympic Games road race route recce

Cycling Weekly’s 2012 Olympic Games news section

Olympics road race route: Not on our Box Hill


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  • James

    I am really looking forward to watching and supporting this event, we will remember this for years to come and this togetherness is so powerful for the sole.

  • Herbert vdR

    Unbelievable. The Olympics is a once in a lifetime event. Having most of the road race route, it is a big deal for Surrey and we should feel quite lucky. The communication has been great through the press, leaflets and online with the route, the times that the roads will be open and closed, what time the riders should be passing by different sections of the course, etc. I am shocked at the whinging and whining! Clive, Liz, Beverley and Alan… seriously… shut up, put up with it for two days and get a life!!

  • Alan Mitchell

    Poor map, and no dates or times

  • Chan Sood

    We support adults with special needs who are very vulnerable and we need to ensure our staff can get into work. Have looked at the web site and the map / information provided is very limited. Where can i get the information we need ie which roads will be closed, when and for how long and what alternatives are available so we at least can draw up a contingency plan.

  • Chris Kitcher

    I am appalled that the greedy bastards headed by Lord Coe are now having the brass neck to take more money from the British public to watch this event. Surely having taken £9 billion out of the public purse Coe and this entourage have had enough of our money. Do they ever know when to stop screwing us.

    What needs to happen is for an organised protest to take place and for ordinary people to occupy the fenced off area in protest at this example of sheer greed.

  • Liz

    What a dreadful map – the official Web site is a total mess – how can one find the exact roads that will be closed OFF??
    Surely the date and the actual roads are the two most important factors.

  • beverley

    This Sunday just gone 14/08/11 I was on my way to visit my son and had to go through Dorking Ha Ha what a complete and utter shamble you made of the practice race!!!!! Any visitors to this country would think we cannot organise anything properly. 48 roads were shut with no diversions in place no warden could tell you how to get back on to the A24 and I had to travel 20 miles out of my way just to get to Leatherhead. This was appauling organising and we would be the laughing stock of the world I do hope that other venues are treated better and organised better than this was. Remeber that we have to live here also.

  • clive williamson

    can somebody explain why the route has to run via kingston.many people will not be able to get to town.
    particularly elder people

  • Mike Muz

    Boxhill in itself is not a difficult climb , but the fast start to the race plus nine laps should make things a lot more interesting . I wonder if Cycles Dauphin wil be open ? Tough one that !

  • Mike Murray

    As a cyclist , nature lover , and also a regular visitor to Richmond Park , I would be interested to know what impact the race wil have on the wildlife there .Apart from the 20mph speed limit , which to all intents and purposes will be ignored , I wonder how the park wardens will keep the hundreds of fallow and red deer safe and away from the race . Buth species are more than capable of leaping the barriers generally used for cycle events , so it will be interesting to see how it pans out .

  • Joe Andrews

    Does anyone know a more detailed version of the route? Interested in taking a group out around it and all I can find is the official pdf which is pretty rough.

    Many thanks

  • Sean Davis

    I’m happy with this as where it passes through Surrey follows most of a section of a run I have organised since 1995. A beautiful route. It could be better as going along the north side of the Thames from Hampton Court is more scenic, you can see the river and across it to places like Hurst Park. It also brings in more history and can be rejoined by crossing Walton Bridge. If interested, the run I organise is 220 miles long and starts at Hampton Court. Website http://www.greenbeltrelay.org.uk I also have a long distance walk around the green belt, and hope to formulate a cycle route, but that depends on time and my finances.

  • Martin G

    Box Hill will be a test for the riders and great for the spectators. Once my friends and family have ssen how quickly the top riders can climb to the top I may have to keep quiet about how long I take!

  • Faze

    So, Lord Coe of Ranmore is pleased to announce the route will pass near … Ranmore. Surely just a coincidence.

  • Phil

    Bringing the race to Box Hill is great. There’s a lot of critics when it comes to the olympics -we’ve got the olympics now so lets just enjoy whats on offer. At least this will be a big FREE fanfair where ordinary people can turn up and see some racing. I agree that box hill might not be too challenging for the pro’s but for mere mortals its still a toughie, and to see the pro’s whizz up will be entertaining.
    I might fool everyone and stand at the bottom next to Ryka’s – not sure i’ll see much but the chips will be close at hand!!!

  • Brett

    Great news, I regularly cycle up The Zig Zag on my hand bike & they’ll be cycling passed my front door.
    I’ll be popular with my mates!

  • Ken Evans

    “Never having ridden Box Hill,
    it would be interesting to know what the gradient is,
    the maximum height reached on the route
    and the total height gained during the race
    (for both men and women).”

    Where is the route profile ?

  • Tim

    Great route and Box Hill will be a walk in the park for the Pros, even after nine circuits.

    It’s a dead easy gradient and a dead easy climb. The big pull is the scenic situation, the large sweeping left hander going up and the view to the right at the top. Other than that it’s a mere speed ramp for the Pros. A pimple of an incline.

    It’ll be a sprint finish for the bunch on the Mall.

  • Mike

    I used to ride regularly from Guildford to Box Hill as a teenager…..in my fifties now and this has brought back such great memories. Don’t remember details but we used to turn right off the Epsom Road, then left up quite a climb (under a railway bridge I think) across the top of Ranmore Common then a brilliant descent to a village (name escapes me) before climbing Box Hill.

    Happy times, I may have to come and watch in 2012.

  • David E

    I’m a Surrey cyclist born and bred so I’m delighted. If there are any concerns about orchids, etc on Box Hill then Simply take the route through Betchworth and then up Pebble Hill, which is much, much steeper…

  • Paul

    This is a great route. For all of us who cycle Richmond Park and beyond every weekend it will be a chance to see and measure how good the top riders really are.

  • Ian Metcalfe

    Never having ridden Box Hill, it would be interesting to know what the gradient is, the maximum height reached on the route and the total height gained during the race (for both men and women).

    Ian Metcalfe

  • martin

    the best news i’ve heard all day – that’s where I ride – brilliant!!!!!!!