Surrey County Council has created an iPhone app that'll tell you everything you need to know about getting to the Olympic road cycling events in Surrey this summer, and what's on when you get there.
The app, currently available only for Apple products, is named Surrey Road Cycling in the App Store and acts as a digital spectator guide showing the routes of the Olympic road race and time trial events, as well as the locations of ‘live sites’ where there will be big screens showing the races, stalls and other activities.
This might be a good moment to mention (again) our own event: Road.cc are teaming up with Surrey Hills AONB to bring you the Surrey Hills Road Race festival and cycling expo on the weekend of 27-29 July.
Based at Denbies Vineyard, the festival is right next to the route of the road race as it heads up the A24 ahead of the Box Hill loop, so you'll be able to watch the riders in the flesh.
It's also an official BBC Live Site, which means the nation's broadcaster will be setting up one of their big screens to relay the whole race to the festival goers. You could catch the early stages on the big telly, then wander up to the Box Hill loop to see the riders battling for position, then come back to see the finish transmitted live. Perfect.
Anyway, back to that app. There is also a live link to the @gosurreylive Twitter feed that will provide live race commentary as well as essential information about road closures and re-openings.
Helyn Clack, Games spokeswoman at Surrey County Council, said: “Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to watch the Olympic cycling events in Surrey. This app will help them enjoy themselves, direct visitors to local businesses and provide important information about getting around.
“I’d urge local people as well as visitors to download it for free and visit our website gosurrey.info. Inevitably staging sporting events of this scale will cause disruption, so the more information people have at their fingertips about what is going on the better.”
The men’s and women’s Olympic cycling road races will take place on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July. The time trials will be staged on Wednesday 1 August.
After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.