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2012: The Year The Olympics Came To Hampton Wick

The rest of the world knew it as London 2012, but for a glorious 5 days it was the Hampton Wick 2012 Olympics:

Friday 27th July
The Olympic Torch began its final journey to the opening ceremony in Bushy Park. From there it was carried through Lion Gate into the grounds of Hampton Court Palace (including a trip through the Maze). It ws then taken aboard the royal rowing barge Gloriana to be rowed by ex-Olympians down river to the opening ceremony at the Olympic Park in East London.

Thousands turned out early in the morning for this historic event, cheering wildly as the Gloriana passed under Kingston Bridge.

Road Cycling Events: Weekend 28th/29th July
Huge excitement as the men’s road cycling race tore along Between the Walls from Hampton Court up to Kingston Bridge. Sadly GB’s world champion team weren’t in the medals, despite (or perhaps because of) using a race plan that had been spectacularly successful for them in recent events.

The following day saw the women’s road race battling with torrential rain. There was great drama when, at the exact moment when the leaders hurtled into Hampton Wick, there was a huge fork of lightning and a crash of thunder: a Wagnerian build-up to the eventual, amazing triumph of Lizzie Armistead winning silver.

Cycling Time Trials: Wednesday 1st August
Both the men’s and women’s time trials began at Hampton Court before heading off along the route and returning back into Hampton Wick, this time entering from Kingston Bridge. The women racers turned left and sped up Between the Walls to finish at Hampton Court.

But the men, including Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins, turned right off the bridge and travelled all the way along Hampton Wick High Street and Upper Teddington Road. The thousands of spectators lining both sides had amazing views of the athletes. And history was made when Bradley Wiggins took gold while his Team GB colleague Chris Froome took bronze.

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