Olympic Road Race
Three days of road cycling during last summer’s Olympics saw the London borough of Kingston net a £5 million local spending boost.
The first borough to study the Olympic effect in depth has discovered that over 50,000 people came into the area on each of the competition days, spending in hotels, pubs and restaurants.
Cycling fans are being invited by Surrey County Council to win some London 2012 memorabilia, including flags, banners and bunting (of the official type, rather than the home made versions in the picture) that lined the county's roads when it hosted the road race and time trial events.
To be in with a chance of winning, head here to put down up to 100 words explaining why you should be one of the people who should win won of the Olympic souvenirs.
Surrey County Council has revealed that the county’s hosting of the Olympic road races as well as the final stage of the Tour of Britain this summer were worth an estimated £51 million to the local economy.
Exactly two months ago today - somehow, it seems at lot longer - Surrey's roads hosted the Olympic Road Race with hundreds of thousands of fans lining the route as the county played host to the first of four London 2012 cycling events, the others being the women's road race the following day and the time trials which started and finished at Hampton Court.
Olympic road race champion Alexandre Vinokourov has raised around a quarter of a million dollars for charity after auctioning the red Specialized bike he rode to victory and a gold medal on The Mall in London in July.
The money, raised through the bike’s sale at auction on Sunday, is expected to go to charities treating seriously ill children, reports the Kazakh website, Tengrinews.kz.
Marianne Vos of the Netherlands held off Great Britain's Lizzie Armitstead to win the sprint to the line and take Olympic gold in the women's road race this afternoon. Russia's Olga Zabelinskya took bronze. Vos and Armitstead had attacked off the front of a group of around 35 riders on the second and final climb of Box Hill, and together with the American rider Shelley Olds, later dropped, managed to bridge across to Zabelinskya.
Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan this afternoon pulled off a shock win in the men's Olympic road race, attacking from a big breakaway group with Rigoberto Uran as the race headed into its closing kilometres and then catching the Colombian off-guard to sprint to the line. Norway's Alexander Kristoff won the sprint from a group of around 25 riders for bronze.
Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins and the other hopefuls in tomorrow's Olympic road race have another thing to worry about - air pollution.
Since Bradley Wiggins won the Tour, it's fair to say that all eyes will be on London and Surrey for the Olympic road race this weekend. And we want to see the race through your eyes.
Now, road.cc is teaming up with theCOLLARBONE to crowdsource a photo story of the Olympic road race - inviting the thousands of cyclists and photographers out there to contribute their photos.
What with cycling being the sport of the month and the world and his wife heading down to Surrey this weekend to take in a bit of the action, it's no wonder that the options for parking your car near Box Hill are pretty limited now. The places you can book are mostly full and there's not a huge capacity in the area.