Athletes around the world are hard at work training for the competition of their lives in 2012, and so too is LOCOG. Their mind bogglingly vast efforts go public this year with a schedule of test events to ensure Olympic venues and implementation plans can deliver. This is a chance for Londoners to test drive Olympic venues and hospitality and, importantly, help get them in tip top shape for 2012.
An invitational marathon kicks 12 months of try outs off in May, followed by the UKA 20km Race Walking Championships both on the streets of our city. Wimbledon conveniently tests the tennis in June and Greenwich locals will get to see how their park holds up to eventing in early July, closely followed by bits of the UIPM World Cup Final Modern Pentathlon that's split between the park and Crystal Palace.
August sees a Triathlon in Hyde Park, World Championship Badminton at Wembley Arena, the London – Surrey Cycle Classic on the cycle road race route, Volleyball at Earl's Court, Canoe slalom at Lee Valley, an invitational in the brand new Olympic Park Basketball Arena and the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup goes nuts on the new Stratford track.
There's much more and if you were put off by the random nature of 2012 ticket allocations, this could be an opportunity to see world class sporting action on your doorstep and get a first sniff of London 2012 Olympism without the rest of the world jostling your lager. View the full testing programme.
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