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London – Surrey Cycle Classic – London 2012 test event 14 August 2011

If you loved watching the Tour de France on the television recently, get yourself down to Surrey this Sunday, 14 August 2011, for the London – Surrey Cycle Classic.

The London – Surrey Cycle Classic is a London 2012 test event and will follow the same route as the London 2012 Cycling Road Race.

Among the competitors due to take part is Manx Missile, Mark Cavendish, fresh from his Green Jersey success in the Tour de France.

The race starts and finishes on The Mall in London – starts at 9:00 and is due to finish at 12:10.

Riders will pass through Fulham, Putney, Richmond Park, Richmond, Bushy Park, Hampton Court Palace, Walton-onThames, Ripley Village, Gomshall, Westcott, Dorking, Box Hill, Esher, Kingston upon Thames.

Twenty-eight teams of five riders will take part in the 140km event.

If you plan to go to the event, be aware that some road closures will be in place from as early as 04:00 and many roads may not re-open until around 15:00. Also, watch out at Box Hill, which is very hilly and is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest with restricted areas.

For more information, including the race schedule, timings, start list visit

2 thoughts on “London – Surrey Cycle Classic – London 2012 test event 14 August 2011

  1. Ann Dawson

    We have had a few problems with the cycle race today.

    We were not advised officially, but were told by a neighbour. My daughter had to work, and therefore had to sleep at a friend’s house. We were told that the roads in Weybridge would reopen at 12.15 pm. When we tried to drive out, the marshall said not until 3.00 pm. We later discovered that the roads reopened soon after we had tried to leave.

    The marshalls did not appear to have much information. Am not sure if they had phones or radios. The disruption caused by the race does not warrant holding it again in 2012. Surely there is a large race track somewhere which can be used. Or arrangements for cars to cross the roads at times. I live in Surrey, and if we can afford it, we shall leave next year while the Olympics are on, and watch the sports on TV. Being imprisoned for an unknown lengh of time is most unpleasant.

    1. Paula Post author

      @Ann, it looks as though the race brought chaos to London and Surrey as more than 1000 roads were closed. Sky news is saying there will be a review into the London 2012 Olympics cycle road race – see the report on Sky news

      I hope they manage to get something sorted for next year, Paula