POSTED: February 10th 2011

Cavendish thrilled as new route for 2012 road race heads further south

Mark Cavenish: once-in-a-lifetime chance /
Mark Cavenish: once-in-a-lifetime chance /

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

LONDON, Feb 11: London 2012 is stretching the city boundaries of next year's Olympic Games with the revised route for the cycling road races which are scheduled for the first and second days of the full sport competition.

The men's and women's events will start and finish on The Mall in central London, a location used previously for major cycling events.

The course inbetween will pass through six London boroughs - Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Wandsworth, Richmond upon Thames, and Kingston upon Thames - before heading into Surrey and through the districts of Elmbridge, Reigate and Banstead, Guildford, Woking and Mole Valley.

Riders will also pass through Richmond Park and Bushy Park.

British cyclist Mark Cavendish welcomed confirmation of the changes.

He said: "Competing in a home Olympic Games is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  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'm looking forward to checking out the course in detail."

'Challenging terrain'

LOCOG chairman Lord Coe said: "This extends the Games into the south west of London and Surrey . . . bringing the road race into challenging cycling terrain through many new boroughs and districts. Following our medal success in Beijing, it really will bring the magic of the Games to life for many thousands of spectators."

London Mayor Boris Johnson added: "The explosion in cycling in the capital over the past year proves that Londoners have well and truly caught the cycling bug. This route not only takes in London's iconic landmarks but brings the Games to the doorsteps of even more parts of the capital."

The road race is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29. The men's race on the Saturday will last six hours over 250km with 145 riders.  The women's race on the Sunday will last three hours over 140 km in length with 67 riders.

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