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London 2012 road race test event confirmed for August

The road race heads out into the lanes of Surrey before finishing on The Mall
The Box Hill climb is set to star

A test event will be held over the Olympic road race course on August 14, London 2012 organisers have confirmed.

The Surrey Cycle Classic, a UCI-approved race, will put the route, which takes in nine laps of a Box Hill circuit before finishing in front of Buckingham Palace on The Mall, through its paces before the Games arrive in London in July 2012. 

The course was announced earlier this month – here’s RCUK’s verdict after riding the route.

The full details of the Surrey Cycle Classic are yet to be announced but the event, which will sandwich the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana, is only expected to tackle three laps of Surrey’s iconic Box Hill – a 166m climb.

London 2012 organisers have announced details of the full test event programme, with the newly opened velodrome set to host next year’s Track World Cup on February 17-19 in place of Manchester, which held the 2011 event last weekend

And the mountain bike course will host the Hadleigh Farm International on July 31, 2011. 

London 2012 chairman, Lord Sebastian Coe, said: “Our approach to operational delivery is similar to that of an athlete. You do not want to face any conditions at competition time that you have not prepared for.

“When the world’s greatest Olympic and Paralympic athletes come to London in the summer of 2012, every aspect of our delivery needs to be the best it can be. 

“The invaluable experience we gain through our testing programme means we can ‘road-test’ all our operational plans and make sure we have all the knowledge we need to deliver a truly memorable Games in 2012.”

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