Mark Cavendish wins London Surrey Classic

Today the London-Surrey Classic Road Race was held by LOCOG, in preparation for next year’s Olympic games.

The race left The Mall in central London at 9am this morning, heading out to Surrey and the major climb, which would be tackled twice – Box Hill. Rapha-Condor-Sharp’s Kristian House picked up the points as the first man over the climb to secure his place as the winner of the “King of the Mountains” prize for the day’s racing. House formed part of the 4 man breakaway along with Tom Murray of Sigma Sport-Specialized, Liam Holohan of Team Raleigh and the Cleberson Weber riding for Brazil.

The break was reeled in with 9km to the finish for the much-anticipated bunch sprint at the finish. Tyler Farrar was unfortunate enough to be involved in a crash in the last few kilometres and did not contest the sprint.

As the riders turned onto The Mall near Buckingham Palace, it was Cavendish who showed the fans why he is known as “The Manx Missile” as he powered to yet another victory, this time with a home crowd.

Now, how was it from a spectator’s point of view?

On arrival at the finish this morning, the whole finishing straight was a restricted area with no public access from about 300m to the finish. We were lucky enough to have wristbands courtesy of British Cycling (thank you to the lady we met!) so could enter the area nearer the finish, but it was difficult for those who didn’t have a wristband.

The finish area along The Mall itself was fantastic though – a perfect sprinter’s finish. Hopefully Cav will be in great form after next year’s Tour de France to take the win, and the Gold for GB next summer.

However, some of the best viewing may have been in Richmond Park as the riders came through thanks to plenty of space and no restrictions for spectators, so that may be worth bearing in mind for the real thing next summer.

Watch the video (apologies for the shaky camera action!) with the finish and Cavendish being interviewed below:

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I'll admit to being a bit of a kit freak, but cycling is a great sport for that! I've ridden a bike since I can remember, and now mainly cycle on road and on tour. I completed JOGLE in 2010 and plan to tour Europe next year. This blog is my place for product reviews, guides and my opinions on cycling in the UK