The Olympics got off to an exciting start for us today as the road race came through our village, Oatlands, Weybridge, Surrey.
The motorcycle riders who preceded the cyclists were very jolly, waving to the crowd and sounding their sirens or horns. One even zig zagged down the road, much to the crowd’s delight.
It was very exciting when the cyclists finally appeared.
One of the USA riders seems to be staring at me but he is in fact looking at another rider moving up to his left, out of frame.
Twelve riders were out in front as the race came through Oatlands.
But at this early stage there was still everything to race for.
The Columbian rider caught here near the very back is Rigoberto Uran who come through to collect the Silver medal.
After the riders came all the support vehicles and a multitude of spare bikes and wheels. Notice how the shadows bottom left seem to be forming some Olympic rings?
Afterwards the crowds dispersed in very good cheer.
The stewards were really friendly and good humoured – doing a great job.
Tomorrow it’s the ladies’ turn and we’ll be there cheering them on.
Great shots! Looks like you had a great vantage point from where you were.
I think the Olympic bug might have finally bit. Currently looking at getting tickets for the canoeing down in Eton Dorney in a couple of weeks.
Thanks, Jaina. Glad to hear you are getting in the Olympic spirit. :). I hope you get tickets. The canoeing will probably be a super event to watch. In fact, if there are tickets still available, I might try to get some.
Unfortunately I was restricted to watching the race on TV. I think your pictures really capture the atmosphere of the race. I’m particularly envious of your shot of the British guys!
Thanks, Stephen. We are planning to watch the women come through in a couple of hours but it is raining heavily at present.
Some of those corners are to be pretty grim then!
I think so, although the sun is out again now and if it stays out will have time to dry everything.
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