More fans get to see Olympic cycling road race for free

LOCOG have confirmed that capacity of the best viewing area for the Olympic Cycling Road Race has been increased up to 15,000.

Spectators will be able to watch from the Zig-Zag Road incline and Donkey Green area of Box Hill, where the men’s cycling road race will loop nine times and the women’s race twice.

LOCOCG worked with the National Trust and Natural England to compile plans after the London Surrey Cycle Classic test event in August, and have now said that capacity can be increased from 3,500.

The final capacity will be confirmed when the work is completed and a health and safety report is carried out, but it will be up to 15,000.

It means many more fans can now get a glimpse of what should be a fantastic road race, which takes in 120km of road including six London boroughs, four Royal Parks, the Surrey countryside and an iconic finish on the Mall.

Spectators

The road race finishes on the Mall

“We are delighted to welcome people to watch the Olympic Road Race from the Zig-Zag Road and Donkey Green at Box Hill,” said London 2012 director of sport Debbie Jevans.

“We will give people the chance to see a generous amount of Road Race competition at one of the best stretches of road which we are able to do following the test event and our learnings there.

“Spectators will have a unique viewing position on the route, there is another 120km of route which is free to spectators, including some great points through London and The Royal Parks.”

Andy Wright, the National Trust Countryside Manager for Box Hill added: “It’s great news that so many people will be able to enjoy the races in this wonderful natural setting. The surveys conducted by LOCOG are the most thorough ever carried out on this site and will really help us manage the habitat for the long term.

“The scrub alongside the road has very few species living in it so when we remove it, it doesn’t matter if people walk in those areas. Gradually, over the years, that land will turn into chalk grassland which is a much richer habitat – supporting around 60 to 100 species of plants, animals and insects per square metre.”

By SkySports

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