After a few poor quality photos that I have taken at the men’s cycling road race finishing line, grabbing my camera once again on the following day, I occupied a good spot along Fulham Road – adjacent to a roadside barrier outside of Fulham Broadway tube station.

The weather was not at its finest, but the intermittent showers did not deter patient supporters and photographers who wanted a glimpse of the women cyclists’s epic return.

And their patience was rewarded handsomely – the break away group emerged from as early as Box Hill in Surrey – Dutch flyer Marianne Vos, Lizzie Armitstead (Team GB – yes <3!) and Olga Zabelinskaya of beautiful Russia. By the time they arrived near South West London, their racing velocity was above par, rivalling the leading safety/supporting vehicles which were running ahead of them. From my rough estimate by the side of Fulham Road, their speed attained were between 30-35 mph (about 48-56 km).  Yet the finishing line which was ending at The Mall was still some 5 km away!

Snapshot from video clip - Marianne Vos Lizzie Armitstead Olga Zabelinskaya - Fulham Road, London Olympics Womens Cycling Road Race 29 July 2012

It was exhilarating to see these riders braving the (un)predictably British wet weather and greasy road conditions, having endured most of the 140 km course, they returned to complete the race – not with a whimper but shooting past at such astonishing speed through busiest and beautiful streets of central London, which are rarely closed for anyone privileged or anything urgent – apart from either major road maintenance or Her Majesty the Queen. Suffice to say it was a historic and a memorable moment for the riders, for the spectators and for London.


The full race result was published by the BBC here. I took a few video clips which I will upload later.