If you're thinking of having a go on the famous zigzags of Box Hill while you're over in Surrey watching the Olympic Road Races, then prepare yourself for a disappoinment: The National Trust have handed control of the fabled tarmac to LOCOG and they'll be closing it to anyone and everyone for the whole weekend.
All is not lost though! Head over to the Surrey Hills Road Race Festival and you can have a go on a virtual Box Hill not half a mile from the real one. And what's more, if you're quickest to the top you could win £1,000 of bikey stuff.
The chaps at Bikelab are going to be at the cycling expo at Denbies Vineyard, just off the A24 on the route towards Box Hill, and they're bringing with them a VR trainer loaded with the climb. It's free, and anyone can have a go. They'll be running a leaderboard over the Saturday and Sunday of the road races, and the person with the quickest time over the weekend will get £1,000 to spend with Bikelab.
As well as the trainer there'll be plenty of shiny bikes to see at the Bikelab stand from the likes of Storck, Scott and Cube. And there's loads of other cool stuff at the expo too, including a first chance to see Trek's 2013 bikes and new gear from Cannondale, Canyon, Merida, Whyte, Wilier and many more.
To find out about the fesitval head over to www.surreyhillsroadracefestival.com
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.