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11 August 2011 | Free & Cheap, News | By: Lindsey

Marathon Swimming & Road Cycling Olympic Test Events

Marathon Swimming & Road Cycling Olympic Test Events

There's a world class sporting event for both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Both are part of the London Prepares, Olympic 2012 test events series and both are free to spectate.

On Saturday it's Marathon Swimming in the Serpentine, Hyde Park. The London 10km Marathon Swimming International is an invitational event, featuring the top 60 ranked swimmers in the world covering 10km over 6 laps of the Serpentine Lake. The women's race starts at 10am and the men's at 2pm.

On Sunday, the London-Surrey Cycle Classic takes to the roads to test out the Olympic road cycling route. In 2012, the men race over 250km but all 148 riders tackle 140km this Sunday, setting off from the Mall at 9am. Line the Mall for the start and finish or find a spot along the route in West London.

Check for TFL advice on road closures in Westminster, Chelsea, Fulham, Putney, Richmond, Hampton Court, Kingston upon Thames and parts of Surrey, from early in the morning until mid-afternoon.


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These arrogant LOGOC people have formed an unholy alliance with local councils. In North Surrey we will be cut off from the rest of the world from 6am till 3pm and the local police say we will be let out at particular points but they won't tell us where those point are until they have already kettled us on the Sunday morning. Sound familiar??? The pamphlet issued says that the safety of competitors is of paramount importance...thanks. That sort of puts us in our place doesn't it.