World champion Mark Cavendish’s excitement at Box Hill Olympic challenge
Newly crowned world champion Mark Cavendish described the Box Hill loop of next year’s Olympic road cycling event in Surrey as a “perfect little circuit for a race”.
The Olympic gold medal hopeful was speaking alongside Denise Saliagopoulos, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games, during the final day of the Tour of Britain in London on Sunday, 18 September.
The Team GB rider spoke of the challenges that nine laps of Box Hill, near Dorking, will present to the Olympic athletes next year.
He said: “It’s really, really good. It’s the perfect little circuit for a race – it’s got everything. It’s got small roads, big roads, it was nice to go out there. I was lucky I won the test event. Now I’m looking forward to the Olympics and I think it (the Box Hill loop) will make great viewing for the Olympics next year.”
Mrs Saliagopoulos said: “Mark was clearly excited at the prospect of racing at Box Hill on the opening weekend of the 2012 Olympic Games. He’s an incredibly nice guy and it was a pleasure to chat with him. Mark has a good chance of winning Britain’s first gold of the Games and I’m sure he’ll be cheered on by Surrey residents all along the race route.”
Mark Cavendish was crowned world road race champion at the weekend.
Notes to editors
To find out more about Surrey’s involvement in the 2012 Games visit www.gosurrey.info
Surrey will host large sections of the men’s and women’s Olympic road cycle races and time trial events during the 2012 Olympic Games.