Tour de France green jersey winner Mark Cavendish is expected to take part in the London-Surrey Cycle Classic race on Sunday August 14, the test event for the 2012 Olympic Games road race.

Although the start list has yet to be confirmed, Cavendish is provisionally down to be taking part alongside several other big names representing their home nations at the 140km (87 mile) event on closed roads.

Matt Goss (Australia), Tom Boonen (Belgium) and Filippo Pozzato (Italy) are all expected to take part.

The race starts and finishes on The Mall, London, through Hampton Court Palace and then south to the lanes of Surrey where two laps around Box Hill will be completed before returning north to London.

Organisers hope that the event will help iron out any problems encountered on the route before the Olympic Games in 12 months time. National teams will also be keen to use the race as a valuable reconnaissance mission.

Twenty eight teams of five riders will line up to contest the event – 148 riders in total. Teams are a mixture of national squads and British trade squads. In addition to a Great Britain team, British Cycling will include an ‘England’ team to field the maximum possible number of riders.

The event will be free to watch, but there will be limited access to Box Hill and the start/finish area on The Mall. Spectators wishing to access these areas will have to apply for a wristband – and organisers are asking fans to avoid Box Hill all together. Details of the route can be found below.

Cavendish became the first British rider in history to win the Tour de France points classification, winning five stages of the 2011 race and bringing his career total of Tour stage wins to 20.

If Cavendish does ride the Surrey event, he will use it as part of his build-up for the 2011 Road Race World Championships in Copenhagen in September. He also ranks as one of the favourites for the Olympic Games road race title in 2012. Spaniard Samuel Sanchez is the reigning men’s Olympic champion.

A date clash with the Eneco Tour means that Geraint Thomas and Ben Swift
will likely be racing for Team Sky on the continent rather than taking part in
the test event. 

For more information on the London-Surrey Cycle Classic, see this week’s Cycling Weekly magazine (July 27) issue

London-Surrey Cycle Classic (August 14 2011)

National teams

Australia

Belgium

Brazil

Canada

Croatia

France

Germany

Great Britain

Ireland

Italy

Japan

Luxembourg

Morocco

New Zealand

Norway

Poland

Russia

Slovenia

United States of America

Venezuela

British trade teams/non-national squads

Cyclepremier-Mataltek

Motorpoint

Endura

England

Rapha-Condor-Sharp

Sigma Sport

Team Raleigh

Twenty3c-Orbea

London-Surrey Cycle Classic: Route and time schedule

The Mall – start 09:00 and finish 12:10

Fulham – 09:05 and 12:05

Putney – 09:10 and 12:00

Richmond Park – 09:15 and 11:55

Richmond – 09:20

Bushy Park – 09:30

Hampton Court Palace – 09:35 and 11:40

Walton-on-Thames – 09:45

Ripley Village – 10:05

Gomshall – 10:25

Westcott – 10:30

Dorking – 10:35

Box Hill (restricted access) – between 10:40 and 11:20

Esher – 11:35

Kingston upon Thames – 11:50

Click on the race route map below to enlarge in a new window


London-Surrey Cycle Classic route map

London 2012: Related links

Box Hill declared limited access for Olympic road race

Olympic Road Race route officially revealed

2012 Olympic Games road race route recce

Cycling Weekly’s 2012 Olympic Games news section

Olympics road race route: Not on our Box Hill

External links



London Prepares website

  • shane symington

    will this be shown on tv?

  • arronski

    Spectators wishing to access these areas will have to apply for a wristband – and organisers are asking fans to avoid Box Hill all together.!!!!!………….Fantastic the best spot to watch is not allowed, no cycling for spectators…. forget it the Olympic road race will be a farce for the Real cycling fans…….i was up Alpe-d’Huez this TDF, mind blowing atmosphere ……..The Olympics Road races will be ruined for the fans by over zealous POLICE !! Rant over..

  • Bryaqn duly

    Will there be any TV coverage of this event, please ?

  • Richard O’Sullivan

    Are programs available for the London-Surrey Classic & where from ?

  • iain

    Is this going to be televised?

  • Chris

    this would be worth seeing Jon especially at box hill

  • Ken Evans

    “A date clash with the Eneco Tour
    means that Geraint Thomas and Ben Swift
    will likely be racing for Team Sky on the continent
    rather than taking part in the test event.”

    Wrong decision.