Olympic road race!

Olympic road race 2012

The pack arrives

The Olympics got off to an exciting start for us today as the road race came through our village, Oatlands, Weybridge, Surrey.

Motorcycle riders for Olympic road race 2012

Outriders

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.

Front riders in Olympic road race 2012

The leaders

It was very exciting when the cyclists finally appeared.

Cyclists in the Olympic road race 2012

A steely stare from the USA!

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.

Men's Olympic road race 2012

Australia was leading the front group

Twelve riders were out in front as the race came through Oatlands.

Men's Olympic road race 2012

Determination

But at this early stage there was still everything to race for.

Men's olympic road race 2012

Silver medalist in action

The Columbian rider caught here near the very back is Rigoberto Uran who come through to collect the Silver medal.

Cavalcade of support vehicles for Olympic road race 2012

Support bikes, reflections and shadows.

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?

Steward takes family's photo Olympic road race 2012

Olympic spirit

Afterwards the crowds dispersed in very good cheer.

A smiling steward, Olympic road race 2012

Friendly steward

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.

Volucella Zonaria

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One of the many interesting insects I snapped for the first time last year was this hoverfly. It’s a whopper and if you don’t know your hoverflies from your hornets, rather scary. This critter is designed to mimic the European Hornet, and it does a good job! Apparently this one is a male. Yes, I can now sex hoverflies – is there no end to the fairly useless and geeky things I am learning through photography?