Looking for a way to watch road cycling at the Olympics but didn’t get hold of any tickets? Luckily, several places around London are offering ways for fans to cheer on their favourite cyclists free of charge.
The Surrey Hills Road Race Festival at the Denbies Wine Estate will attract thousands to watch and support the competitors, featuring BBC screens and a live view of the cyclists as they loop around the course to Box Hill. The free festival will also hold an expo of bikes and accessories from some of the biggest names in cycling, as well as food, music, and entertainment for the whole family.
Kingston upon Thames is planning on hosting thousands of spectators as the town centre is situated close to the finish line of the women’s cycling event on the 29th of July. Catch a glimpse of some of the world’s premiere athletes while also enjoying Kingston’s vibrant shops and restaurants.
Putney, through which cyclists will pass four times during their races on Saturday and Sunday, is expected to be another popular viewing point for non-ticket holders. Similar to Kingston, Putney and its residents have been working together to make these events enjoyable for the whole family. There will be barbecues, music, a large market, and children’s activities.
However you choose to watch, be sure to catch the world’s best cyclists as they compete for gold. The men’s road race begins at 10:00 on Saturday the 28th and the women’s road race at 12:00 on Sunday the 29th. The women’s individual time trial starts at 12:30 on the 1st of August and the men’s time trial at 14:25 on the same day.