Olympic Cycle Road Race today

Published: Saturday 28th July 12

Putney will be hosting the high-profile Olympic Cycle Road Races today and Sunday.

A large number of spectators are expected to line the route along Putney High Street , Upper Richmond Road West and Priory Lane. Local people are urged to plan their travel carefully, as the route will be closed to traffic from 3am tomorrow morning.

A wide range of food, drink, live music and family fun will be on offer to during the Men's race on Saturday and Women's race on Sunday, and local people are urged to stay put and enjoy the entertainment if possible.

Cyclists will pass through Putney four times over the weekend as athletes in both races cycle from The Mall to Box Hill and back again. Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins will be among the Team GB medal hopefuls taking part.

This is one of the few Olympics events that will be unticketed and free to watch. The council has been working with local businesses to help attract visitors to the town and spend their money in local pubs, restaurants, shops and bars.

Activities for families will be available in Lacy Road and the Exchange Shopping Centre in Putney High Street on both days, including children's entertainment, food, music, large flat screen TV, a Radio Jackie roadshow, bouncy castle and fashion show.

There will be a large World Market in Church Square near Putney Bridge , plus live music and food and drink.

In nearby Putney Wharf activities will include a cycle ballet, 'The Bunny Hop' on Saturday, face-painting and a barbecue.

The Duke's Head will be holding a barbecue on the Embankment, and the Methodist Church , Putney Arts Theatre and Rosslyn Park Rugby Club will be hosting family fun days in the Upper Richmond Road.

In Putney Library in Disraeli Road there will be a pop-up café, velodrome exhibition, live TV and health promotions.

Many pubs and restaurants throughout Putney will show the whole cycle race live on large-screen plasma TVs. The council will be tweeting during the event at @wandbc.

Spectators are advised to arrive at least three quarters of an hour before the race comes through and choose which side of the road they wish to view from, as pedestrian crossings will close in advance. The men's race is expected to come through Putney at around 10.10am, and again 3.15-3.30pm. The women are due at around 12.10pm on Sunday, and again 3.15-3.30pm.

The route will take them along Putney High Street , Upper Richmond Road (West) and Priory Lane, which will all be closed from around 3am on Saturday morning. They will reopen around about mid-evening on Saturday before closing again around 5am on Sunday.

Putney residents will be affected by road closures. Road closures were put in place at 3am this morning, with roads reopening after the race as soon as it is safe to do so.

On Sunday 29 July, roads will be closed from 5am and will reopen as soon as possible

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