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LOCOG reportedly set to charge fans to watch Olympic road races from Box Hill

News fans may have to pay follows recent increase in spectator numbers

Olympic Games organisers LOCOG, which last month revealed that it planned to increase spectator numbers at the Box Hill section of the Olympic road race route, is reported to be giving strong consideration to charging spectators for admission to the enclosure.

The Daily Telegraph says that LOCOG is drawing up the pricing structure for entrance to the restricted segment of the Box Hill circuit, which lies on land owned by the National Trust and will be ridden nine times in the men’s race and twice in the women’s event.

Admission to that area for the test event last August was free to those who had obtained a special wristband, and news that LOCOG plans to charge for admission is likely to provoke anger and disappointment among fans.

It had been assumed that other than the finish area on The Mall, the road races would be entirely free-to-view events, but a LOCOG spokeswoman insisted that was not the case, telling The Daily Telegraph: “We have never said it would be free, we have always been ticketing that part of the route to limit the numbers of people in that area and we are looking whether we will charge or not.”

Meanwhile the newspaper also reports that a dozen companies have applied to organise the two-day London cycling festival, the annual Olympic legacy event that will debut in 2013, and which will include a pro road race as well as a sportive that appears likely to follow much of the Olympic road race route.



Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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