Miles’s First Olympic Event

After staying up late to watch the opening ceremonies we woke up early, for a Saturday, to watch the Men’s Cycling Road Race. The race started at 10am and we live close to the starting line so it didn’t take long for the riders to pass us. Actually, the start was a bit of a blur and they were in one gigantic pack. This wasn’t a disappointment since we knew the riders would be returning along the same route later in the afternoon.


Neither one of us wanted to stand around for hours to wait for the return so we walked through Brompton cemetery.

Then, we met some friends at the Troubadour Cafe.


Miles, our dog, joined us after breakfast. A couple of hours later we lined up again to cheer on the riders. Miles was ready.


The leaders flew by followed closely by other competitors.


The local crowd wanted to see Mark Cavendish win the gold. However, it wasn’t meant to be. Kazakhstan’s Alexandr Vinokourov won. All in all, it was a wonderful start to the Olympics for our family and it was the first Olympic event that all of us watched live. Now I’m going to settle in front of the telly to watch more events.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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33 Responses to Miles’s First Olympic Event

  1. paulaacton says:

    you should have let the dog run out at the leaders and given team GB chance to catch up lol I think it was really just too soon after the amazing win in france

  2. Valentina says:

    I get the desire to come to London again. It has been too long.

  3. Northern Narratives says:

    My husband and I watched the cycling. I told him I wonder if any of my blogging friends were in the crowd 🙂

  4. So cool that you got to see an event live and up front. Watched the opening ceremonies last night… awesome. Wonder if my brother in law was somewhere around there! 🙂

  5. Wow TBM, your photos are awesome!! I could feel the excitement :). Enjoy the olympics!!

  6. patricia says:

    Very cool. We lived in Atlanta for the 96 Olympics and the torch came by our house. Atlanta fell short of doing anything impressive.

  7. mountainmae says:

    I have never seen an event live except the skiing world cup which is not the Olympics. Perhaps I should add it to my bucket list.

    • TBM says:

      It is fun. And I have winter sports on my bucket list. I would love to watch skiing, either in the Olympics or World Cup. Such tremendous athletes.

  8. fgassette says:

    I was waiting to see your first post of the games after seeing your post on the torch passing by you in the park. Nice to see photos from your angle on the street. I watched the race as well was disappointed the U.S. didn’t metal and Britain came in second because he looked back at a critical time, how unfortunate. I was rooting for him. If possible, hope you post more photos.


    • TBM says:

      I haven’t seen the footage of the end of the race. I’ll have to see if I can find it. It was nice to see the US medal last night in swimming, but I was surprised by Phelps–I thought he would have gotten the bronze. I’ll try to post more photos. Thanks Francine!

  9. scrapydo says:

    Thanks for sharing the first event. Does it feel good to be in the crowd? I think it is a great adventure!

    • TBM says:

      It is so much fun to be part of the crowd and to hear the people cheering. Yesterday during the road race many of the fans stayed to cheer on the riders who were way behind. People are just in the spirit to soak it all in and to enjoy.

  10. Novroz says:

    I saw the race too…in TV, of course. Alexandr Vinokourov sure has surprised a lot of people.
    How nice that you can see the race so close.

    I am enjoying the Olympic…so far 🙂
    I will see Basketball game tonight \(^_^)/

    • TBM says:

      Dang I missed the basketball. So far I’ve watched football, tennis, swimming, rowing, and gymnastics on TV. There is so much to choose from–fun, fun, fun! I hope you enjoyed the basketball.

  11. dadirri7 says:

    great fun TBM, glad you were there with Miles to cheer them on!

    • TBM says:

      Miles had a blast, but he was exhausted the rest of the day. Too much excitement. He passed on the next day since it was raining and he hates the rain.

  12. Kate Kresse says:

    how fun. so glad you posted this. we are so enjoying the Olympics. Hope you keep posting photos of all the sights, people, competitions etc….the opening ceremony was incredible.

  13. pattisj says:

    I’m glad to see Miles is a well-rounded dog, with Olympic experience under his collar. 🙂

  14. Fergiemoto says:

    Hey Miles! So awesome you were able to witness an event! Very, very cool! Can’t wait to hear your commentary on the event.

    • TBM says:

      I heard the next day that a dog ran in front of the riders. Thanks goodness that wasn’t Miles or we might have been kicked out of all the other events.

  15. zelmare says:

    How exciting! Sounds like a perfect day… 🙂

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