Great places to watch the London Olympics for free!

Posted in sport on July 26, 2012

With only 24 hours until the off, excitement has reached fever-pitch here at upmysport hq. There’s obviously a huge amount of great sport to take in over the next fortnight, and while most of this will require a ticket to watch live, there are a few of events you can see for free. Here are some of the best spots:

The congested start of the London road cycling test event on the Mall

The Mall to Kingston – Mens and Women’s cycling road races, 1o:00 am on Saturday 28th & 12:00pm on Sunday 29th July

If you’ve been inspired by Team Sky’s brilliant effort during this years Tour de France (and our recent cycling blog!) then here’s your chance to see some of them in action. With only the start/finish and parts of Box Hill being ticketed, much of the route is open to everyone, so there really is no excuse not to come and take in some of the best riders in world cycling. Team GB contains Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, who will be aiming to return the favour from Le Tour and successfully lead out for Mark Cavendish to claim Gold. Check out the route here.

Victoria park and Hyde Park – Throughout the games, 27th July – 12th August

As part of their sponsorship of the games BT have set up a number of ‘Live’ viewing areas where you can enjoy watching all the great events from three great locations (Hyde Park, Victoria park and Trafalgar square). The first event to look out for will be the opening ceremony at Victoria Park (tomorrow!) where you can watch all the action unfold and even try out some of the Olympic sports in the ‘Have-a-go’ section. Watching any event where GB is looking to medal on the huge screen at Hyde Park is also a must-see with the 7th August a good night to pencil in as Chris Hoy is likely to be defending his Keirin Gold and Victoria Pendleton goes in the Sprint final.

(Tip: The BT live venues are free to enter until they have reached capacity. To guarantee entry you can book tickets in advance, for a small processing fee, here)

Hyde Park-  Women’s and Men’s Triathlon, 9:00 am on Saturday 4th & 11:30 am on Tuesday 7th August

Two great opportunities to watch some world class endurance sport. The Men’s triathlon is likely to be a real highlight with the Brownlee brothers hot favourites for a GB 1-2. With over 90% of the course open to spectotors without tickets it is a great opportunity to watch history being made (we hope!). The two marathon swim events are also being held at the Hyde Park Serpentine and are likely to be a little less crowded.

London’s Hyde Park looking resplendent in the sunshine

Thames-side from Embankment to Blackfriars and the City – Women’s and Men’s Marathon races, 11:00 am on Sunday 5th & 11:00 am on Sunday 12th August

Both the Men’s and Women’s blue ribband long distance events are largely available to spectators without tickets and due to the nature of the course (3 loops) there’s plenty of chances to take in the athletes! Viewing alongside the Thames is traditionally a busier area for spectators with the City section of the course usually more sparsely populated. Check out the route here.

If you’ve heard about any other great spots to see the action please add them in the comments below!