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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 10:53 pm 
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I eat humble pie over the road.when it was announced that box hill was going to be used there was no mention about no spectators . Why would you pick a place where there is most likely to be some action and have no one to see it . It would not look good to the world on tv with no crowd in view. They [ Seb] planned it from the outset or it was poor poor mismanagement ,which is possible but something I doubt otherwise they could have just changed the route . Pendrefeu I agree with you as well . There was a bit of momentum
to get the route changed on a few sights and mags but this seems to have now been put to sleep. Shame.


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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 1:25 am 
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artray wrote:
It would not look good to the world on tv with no crowd in view.


Sounds like the Beijing Olympics road race... :wink:

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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 7:42 am 
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It's true you have to pay for box hill, but it's much cheaper to see the 100m final, a mere £6.5k.


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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 12:24 pm 
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Even if the stretch of road up box hill is owned by the NT, that doesn't cover whether the maintenance of the road, including re-surfacing for the Olympics has been entirely paid for by the NT. My starting position is to doubt that it has.

On the Cavendish point. You'd really have to go out of your way in the south east of England to design a course that finished in central London (for which there is a logic aside from Cavendish) that Cavendish would not have a very good chance of winning.

Uphill finish can't be done in Central London. You'd need to thow in a ridiculous number of short climbs in the hills to wear him down.


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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 2:03 pm 
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Could finish up Highgate hill west . That would be Cav out of the medals.


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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 2:27 pm 
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artray wrote:
Could finish up Highgate hill west . That would be Cav out of the medals.


That's not central London though. Nice though it is around those parts, they are designing the course with a view to be televisual, and the sights around the Mall do that.


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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 2:15 pm 
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London 2012 Ticketing wrote:
New tickets for the London 2012 Cycling road events will go on sale at 11am on Tuesday 29 May 2012.

These tickets are for Box Hill – an area in the North Downs, Surrey, which will offer prime viewing of the men’s and women’s Road Races – and Hampton Court Palace for the men’s and women’s Time Trials.

Spectators at Box Hill will have the choice of two viewing areas (Donkey Green and Dormouse Drive). At Donkey Green you will be able to see the race from three zones, and there will also be a big screen and commentary so you can enjoy the rest of the action. At Dormouse Drive there will be two viewing zones, also with commentary.

Spectators to Hampton Court Palace will have the choice of two viewing areas – the West Front of the Palace and Hampton Court Road. The West Front of the Palace is situated at the start of the event and Hampton Court Road is at the finish line. Both areas offer big screens and commentary.

Full price tickets range from £10 - £15 with tickets for young people and seniors costing only £5. Tickets will be available at http://www.tickets.london2012.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; on a first come, first served basis.

Please note: facilities will be available but there will be no grandstands or seating.

Find out more about the Road Races, including how to watch the events for free, and download the route map

Box Hill is a Special Area of Conservation. We are working with both the National Trust and Natural England to ensure the viewing areas minimise any impact on the plants and animals that live on the slopes of Box Hill.



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