Photos and video: Team GB’s Lizzie Armitstead looked relaxed as she rode the Olympic time trial route today

Surrey County Council teams are out doing final checks of the roads along the route following more than two years of planning to turn north Surrey into an Olympic venue.

Yvonne Rees, Surrey County Council’s strategic director with responsibility for the 2012 Games, said: “The riders looked relaxed and seemed to be enjoying themselves out on the route. I’m sure there’ll be a few more nerves in the morning.

“Staging the Olympic cycling time trials and road races in Surrey has required 42 miles of roadside barrier, enough to lap the running track of the Olympic Stadium 170 times, as well as 5,000 cones, 4,000 road signs, 545 road closures and 6,000 stewards, volunteers and other workers.

“We’ve been preparing for more than two years to host the events and we’re out doing our final checks of the route in preparation for the big event.”


During their practice ride today, the cyclists travelled from Hampton Court Palace, across Hampton Court Bridge and into Elmbridge. They went through several towns and villages including Thames Ditton, Weston Green, Esher, Hersham and Cobham as well as Kingston and Richmond.


A relaxed Lizzie Armitstead looks anything but nervous as she shares a joke with a USA cyclist. The pair were part of a group of riders taking a practice ride along the Olympic time trial route today before battling for gold on Wednesday.

Detailed maps of the routes and an online spectator guide for the event are available at

To help people make the most of the Olympic time trial, Surrey County Council is urging people to plan ahead by visiting for everything they need to know to enjoy the event in Surrey.


Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council media relations officer Nicole Herlihy at


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