Giant Olympic rings appear on road race route

A new set of Olympic rings have appeared on the route of the Games cycling road race.

Installed on the side of the National Trust's Box Hill in Surrey, the rings are 15 metres wide and seven metres high and will remain in place throughout the Games.

Seb Coe, LOCOG chair, said: "The Olympic Rings are an iconic symbol, inspiring athletes and uniting people around the world. To athletes they represent the culmination of thousands of hours of training and reaching the highest level in sport. These Rings will excite and inspire local people and visitors to Box Hill."

Andy Wright, National Trust countryside manager for the Surrey Hills added that the rings highlight the legacy that the Olympics will create for the area.

The cycling road races will take place on July 28th and 29th, with the time trial on August 1st taking place at Hampton Court. In the road race, the men's race will climb Box Hill nine times, while the women will take on the challenge twice. Spectators staying at central London hotels are advised to get there early to ensure they get a prime spot on one of the best stretches of the Olympic course.

It is expected that the cycling will have a significant impact on travel with many roads across central and south-west London being closed.

Therefore people planning to spend the day watching the Olympic road events take place are also being advised to consider signing up to the official Transport for London 2012 website that will provide important information about the public transport network and give tips on the best way to get around the city during the Games.

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