Around 15,000 spectators swarmed into Denbies Wine Estate over the weekend to enjoy Olympic fever and watch the thrilling climax to the Men’s and Women’s Road Races on the Live Screen.
The Surrey Hills Road Race Festival drew both cycling enthusiasts and families for two days of sport, local food, entertainment and activities and the event was a great success.
They cycled in from Kent, Somerset and beyond. Union Jack outfits competed with orange for the Dutch supporters and the atmosphere was brilliant. Television crews snapped up stories of their journeys and interviewed Rob Fairbanks, Director of the Surrey Hills AONB Board and Chris White from Denbies.
People cycled in, left their bikes in the secure bike store and headed off to watch the race along the A24 and up Box Hill before returning to watch the final stages on the big screen. Farrelly Atkinson organised a bike expo which was hugely popular, with visitors able to ride a simulation of the Box Hill circuit, race against each other on static bikes and try out a pump track. Cyclists with state-of-the-art machines were fascinated by the historic models including a penny farthing on the Surrey Heritage display.
On the Sunday the enthusiastic crowds braved torrential rain to support the women and a resounding cheer echoed around the vineyard when Britain won silver.