Lets be Honest Box Hill is not Alp d' huez just a small climb that weekend warriors use. There are far more telling hills around and it would have been much more exciting than going up the same little climb 9 times .
While I can see that you are very passionate about your stance on this, let's take a moment and analyze the course and why it was chosen.
It will take less than 5 seconds - in total - to do this.
1. Cavendish is a rep for England (technically he's Manx, but he's considered English, rides for England, etc:.)
2. Cavendish can't climb.
3. The Olympics are in London (England)
4. Design course so Cavendish can win.
The London Olympics Road Race explained in 5 seconds.
Now, can we move on? The hill is private. The route was announced before hand, catering to hopes for a UK win in the Road Race, permission was requested to the owners of said land. Historically, 'prime viewing spots' have always been for paying VIPs (ticket or not), regardless of the race. There are plenty of other places to watch the race, and probably more than a number of places that will be far more enjoyable than a packed crowd of sweaty persons attempting to peer over each other whilst some people hunched over on bikes pass by rather quickly, all on an August day in London. Sounds like fun - if you're in your favourite pub drinking a pint at the time. Besides, declaring one particular event 'entirely free, 100% of it' would be unfair to the other events in the Olympics. Cycling is not the only sport, no matter how slanted our perspectives may be here on this forum. We are more than privileged to be able to enjoy our sport of passion for free year round: this is unique to cycling. The Olympics are not just cycling, it is one of many sports and events taking place over several weeks in and around London, let's all celebrate sport and athleticism, perhaps some national pride as well, and get over our personal gripes.
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