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Olympic cycling comes to Surrey

The world’s best cyclists will battle for Olympic glory on Surrey’s roads this weekend. World champion Mark Cavendish will lead the charge for Team GB on Saturday for the men’s road race while the women will compete on Sunday. After setting off from The Mall in London, the cyclists will enter Surrey via Hampton Court Bridge before … Continue reading

Cavendish begins final countdown to Olympic glory on Box Hill

Britain’s Mark Cavendish began the final countdown to his bid for Olympic gold with a gruelling training session on Box Hill today (26 July). The world road race champion joined Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and his GB team-mates for several laps of the climb in the Surrey heat. Cavendish will lead Britain’s charge … Continue reading

Free iPhone app for Olympic cycling events

A free iPhone app has been launched featuring all the information people need to enjoy the Olympic cycling events in Surrey this summer. The app acts as a digital spectator guide showing the routes of the Olympic road race and time trial events, as well as the locations of ‘live sites’ where there will be … Continue reading

42 miles of barrier to create the largest Olympic venue of the Games

Surrey will create the largest Olympic venue of the Games from scratch this summer, featuring 42 miles of roadside barriers – enough to lap the running track of the Olympic stadium 170 times. The barriers will begin appearing stacked and tethered by the side of the road next week ready to be put up for … Continue reading

Thousands celebrate the Olympic torch relay in Surrey

Around 14,000 people thronged the streets of Egham to watch the Olympic torch relaypass through the town. Crowds saw a slice of Olympic history unfold on Tuesday afternoon as torchbearers, including former England midfielder Ray Wilkins, carried the flame along the A30 and through High Street, Station Road and Manorcrofts Road, before being driven in … Continue reading

Olympic drop-in sessions to help Surrey prepare for 2012 Games

With 50 days to go until the start of the 2012 Games, a series of drop-in sessions are underway to help businesses and residents prepare for the Olympic events taking place in the county. Surrey is hosting the Olympic cycling road races on 28 and 29 July and the Olympic road cycling time trials on … Continue reading

Surrey firefighters featured on BBC One Show

A Surrey Fire and Rescue Service firefighter, who will carry the Olympic torch when it passes through Felbridge, Surrey, on 17 July, was featured on the BBC One Show last week (25 May). Malcolm Styles was joined by some of his colleagues for a flambé lunch on the program. Watch the show on BBC iPlayer here. (The segment is 20 minutes into the show.)

Surrey teen carries Olympic flame

A Surrey teenager who overcame kidney and major spinal surgery has fulfilled her dream of carrying the Olympic flame on the first day of the torch relay (19 May). After running with the torch in Newquay, Cornwall, 15-year-old Hattie Devereux from Fetcham, Surrey, said it was the most amazing day of her life. Miss Devereux … Continue reading

More than a thousand people take part in Olympic read in fairytale forest

A group of 1,400 children under five and their families saw the pages of their favourite books come to life in a fairytale forest setting yesterday (16 May) to mark London 2012’s UK Inspire Day. Surrey County Council organised The Big Read for Small Children event at the Forestry Commission’s Alice Holt Forest in Farnham, Surrey, to … Continue reading

BBC Surrey interview with Helyn Clack on plans for giant Olympic rings on Box Hill

Helyn Clack, Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games at Surrey County Council, was interviewed by BBC Surrey’s Nick Wallis about a planning application for giant Olympic rings to be placed on Box Hill. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey.

Surrey to host final stage of Tour of Britain

Surrey will host the final stage of the Tour of Britain when the national race takes place in September. Surrey County Council has captured the last stage of the 840-mile event after bringing the men’s and women’s Olympic cycle road races and time trials to the county. It takes place on Sunday 16 September, starting … Continue reading

School children create giant human London 2012 logo

A giant human London Olympic logo was created by 2,012 school children today (24 April). The spectacle covered a whopping 1,800 square metres at Collingwood College in Camberley, Surrey. Surrey County Council organised the event to celebrate the P&G Surrey School Games which encourages kids to take part in sport. The youngsters were joined by … Continue reading

Racer backs Cycle SMART campaign

Team USA cycling star Janel Holcomb has urged motorists and cyclists to treat each other with “mutual respect” as part of Surrey County Council and Surrey Police’s new Cycle Smart campaign. The Olympic hopeful gave her support to the road safety initiative while training on Surrey’s stretch of the 2012 Olympic road race route last … Continue reading

US Olympic hopeful says Box Hill will be decisive in women’s Olympic road race

US cyclist Janel Holcomb says Surrey’s Box Hill climb will prove the decisive point of the women’s Olympic road race as the 100 day countdown to the 2012 Games begins (18 April). The Olympic hopeful described the course as “challenging from start to finish” after checking out the course last week (April 10) with fellow … Continue reading

Q&A on Olympic road race

USA Olympic cycling road race hopefuls Kristin McGrath and Janel Holcomb talk about the course in Surrey. The pair checked out the Olympic road race route last week (10 April) with Surrey County Council’s Alan Flaherty, who helped event organisers design the course.     Kristin McGrath What have the roads been like? The roads … Continue reading

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