London and Surrey to under go Olympic cycling tests

by Emily DUNBAR on July 15, 2011

Next month’s London-Surrey Cycle Classic is being touted by many as a test run for cycling competitions at the 2012 London Olympics.

The London-Surrey Cycle Classic  is scheduled to pass through six boroughs in London and four Royal Parks in addition to a looped route around Surrey’s Box Hill. In order to sufficiently prepare and stage this event, extensive road closures and disruption to travel is expected on the day.

Seb Coe, London 2012’s chairman, explained at a press conference that the race will be fantastic for cycling enthusiasts and that the interesting route and technical elements for the course decided had attracted the best pro cycling teams competing in the sport.

Those living along the route and spectators intending to travel to be spectators at the race have been advised to avoid getting on the road if possible and make sure that their journey is planned in advance with the aid of Transport for London’s website.

Leon Daniels, Transport for London’s managing director of its surface transport department, told gathering reporters that the London-Surrey Cycle Classic is going to play a vital role in helping London and its transport network be as well-prepared as possible for next summer.

Fans have been encouraged to cheer on each one of the 148 competitors at almost every point of the route but should avoid Surrey’s Box Hill area, which is going to be operating restricted access.

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