After introducing the kids to the Olympic Cycling through the mens and womens road races, it was time for them to get to see something that lasted slightly more than 30 seconds. Isabelle was first introduced to cycling by watching a time trial stage of the Tour de France when it came through Annecy a few years ago. It’s a little bit more interesting for them due to the constant stream of something happening. First of all was the womens time trial, we headed over to Hampton Court Way where we got to see them just after they set off. Once again there was plenty of cheering as the GB women came past with Union Jacks flying everywhere.
The mens route was slightly longer and we headed back in to East Molesey to watch them come down the main high street. We managed to pick a spot with a great view back down the high street, even then you could still hear the crowd cheering before you could see any of the GB riders come into view! Froome was looking solid as he came past, then a few riders later the noise intensified and it was obvious that Bradley Wiggins was on his way towards us! The crowds were going nuts and it was brilliant to see him go past, once he did we then made a very hasty retreat back home to follow his progress on the television. The crowds lining the route made me very proud of the support being given to the games, and it was absolutely brilliant to have been able to cheer on Wiggo on his way to his Gold Medal. It would have been nice to have gone to the palace to cheer him in but the crowds were so huge it would have been difficult to have seen anything. My next live olympics encounter would be the first morning of the Athletics on the Friday morning and a chance to explore the Olympic Park. More on that in a later post!
by Chris Legg