I want to take this opportunity on the forum to share some of my experiences with the Olympic Games road course measurements. After over 30 years of measuring I can honestly say that this is one of the great thrills of my life.
Over the next few months I will share with you what's happening on the other side of the "Pond".
Last week I traveled to Monaco for the annual meeting of the IAAF Technical Committee. On the way back I stopped over in London for 3 days to review the course with my friend Hugh Jones. Hugh has been hired by the local organizers to do the "heavy lifting" of the course measuring. This was not an "official" visit and I did this on my own dime. Hugh and his family let me stay at their home.
I anticipated that I would travel to London a few times to study the course and decided that I would purchase a new bike there and keep it in London. With Hugh's help, I orderd a new Trek 7.6 which was ready when I arrived.
On Sunday (Feb-12) we picked up the new bike and cycled the race route.
As many of you know, the course consists of a 2.2 mile loop followed by 3 8 mile loops. The start and finish are identical.
The race walk route is the standard 2k loop but it has a slight hill which we are dealing with.
We were also treated to a tour of the Olympic Stadium of Monday.....WOW!