Box Hill Olympic Road Race
This year is a very special year in British sport. I’m not British, but I can appreciate the fact that this is quite possibly one of the greatest years in British sport and even I, an American, am getting behind the Brits.
I was at the Tour de France when Bradley Wiggins won the Tour and Mark Cavendish won the final stage. And it’s safe to say that I got British sport fever.
The following Saturday my family and I drove to Box Hill in Surrey where the men’s Olympic road race took place. After the extremely long walk up Box Hill we arrived and were met with thousands of other people who had obviously been bitten by the British cycling bug. After finding a great little spot from which to rest while we waited the hour and a half for the men to come from London, where the race started, and through Surrey to make 9 laps around Box Hill. Not an easy feat.
And we all know the result. It wasn’t Team GB’s day. I have to say I don’t know if I agree with their strategy of holding back until the last possible moment to allow Mark Cavendish to make his normal sprint to the finish and win it for the team, (but I am not a pro cyclist) I do know that it was exciting and I was proud to be a part of it.
The below photos were taken with a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS L lens and Canon 1Ds Mark II.