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.
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
Oh, I can just picture Miles running out there. That would be chaos. I wondered if Team GB would have enough juice left after France. It was a disappointment, but they had such an amazing showing in France that I hope they aren’t too disappointed.
Just hope they all get them selves ready for their individual events
I hope so!
I get the desire to come to London again. It has been too long.
You should. Such a fun town!
I sure miss it.
My husband and I watched the cycling. I told him I wonder if any of my blogging friends were in the crowd 🙂
That’s funny…now you know I was there. Any other of your blogging buddies?
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! 🙂
That would be cool if he was! It is a small world.
Wow TBM, your photos are awesome!! I could feel the excitement :). Enjoy the olympics!!
Thanks! You too!
Very cool. We lived in Atlanta for the 96 Olympics and the torch came by our house. Atlanta fell short of doing anything impressive.
I can’t believe that was back in 96. It doesn’t seem all that long ago. Where does the time go?
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.
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.
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.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
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!
Thanks for sharing the first event. Does it feel good to be in the crowd? I think it is a great adventure!
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.
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 \(^_^)/
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.
great fun TBM, glad you were there with Miles to cheer them on!
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.
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.
Thanks Kate. This is a wonderful time to be in London.
I’m glad to see Miles is a well-rounded dog, with Olympic experience under his collar. 🙂
He’s very proud!
Hey Miles! So awesome you were able to witness an event! Very, very cool! Can’t wait to hear your commentary on the event.
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.
How exciting! Sounds like a perfect day… 🙂
We all enjoyed it!