The triathlon course for the 2012 London Olympics is getting a lot of buzz thanks to its unique location in Hyde Park. The 1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run course are designed to show off some of London’s top landmarks. Additionally, the spread out nature of triathlon means that many spectators will be able to witness the race without having to purchase tickets.
Hyde Park will host the start and the finish of the race with the 1.5 km swim leg taking place in the Serpentine and 10km run being contained within or directly adjacent to the park, as has successfully been the case for the last two editions of the London leg of the ITU World Championship Series.
However, in a departure from the previous course, the 40km bike section at the Olympics will see competitors take in Constitution Hill, Hyde Park Corner, Wellington Arch, Buckingham Palace and the Victoria Memorial.
Organizers are keen to use the iconic locations as a backdrop to both represent the best the city has to offer as well as open up the event to as many spectators as possible.
Previous games have necessarily been forced to locate the course out of town. With triathlon represent ing one of the few events that will not be ticketed, aside from temporary grandstands at the finish line, demand is expected to be high.