Olympic Games - Cycling - Road

The Commonwealth cycling road races will start from Glasgow Green.

There are two different road events at the London Olympic Games; the road race and the time trial. Men and women will compete in each category to win and become Olympic champion.

The road race starts and ends on The Mall in central London. All competitors will start together and the first athlete to cross the finish line will take gold for their country. The men's course is 240 km long while the women's race is 140 km.

The road course takes riders across the River Thames and into Surrey before heading north back through Kingston upon Thames, Richmond Park and back to The Mall to race for the finish line.

The time trial event starts and finishes at Hampton Court Palace and sees riders set off at 90 second intervals. The fastest man and women to complete the course will win the race.

Check the five day weather forecast for The Mall if you are going to cheer the riders across the finish line in the road cycling.

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28 July - 1 August - The Olympic road cyclists will be cheered on by thousands of fans lining the route in central London.

At the Beijing Games in 2008, the Great Britain and Ireland team won a Gold and Silver medal. This year, 145 men and 67 women will compete to take a medal for their country.

Emma Pooley won the Silver medal in the women's time trial event and Nicole Cooke won Gold in the women's road race event.

Road cycling and the weather

Riders will be looking at the conditions on the lead up to the race as well as the forecast for the day. A dry, warm day with a light breeze are the ideal conditions for the road events. Cyclists will be looking for dry conditions on the lead up to the race to give maximum grip on the route.

Check the London weather forecast if you are going to line the route through central London to cheer on the Olympic athletes.