Right, so my missus and I are going to travel down from Manchester to watch the road race fly past in a blur of colour (why do we bother?!) on Saturday 28th. My wife's family are in Putney, so we are going to watch it on Putney high street just after the start (10:10am-ish) and go back at their place for some lunch and to see Cav cross the line with him arms in the air a few hours later (ahem - fingers crossed). So:

1. Catch 5:55am train from Manchester to Euston, then brave the tube - northern line southbound to Embankment, then District line westbound to East Putney.

2. Curve ball - go southbound on the west-coast mainline to Reading, then change and head East - to where? - in the hope of avoiding the busiest bits of London.

3. Some other way?

We're not intending to go down the night before for cost reasons. Plan to catch the homebound train by about 6pm-ish.

Need to aim to be in Putney by about 9am-ish I think.

Help from the seasoned city commuters would be appreciated!