London 2012 is not all about London. And thank goodness for that, because London is going to be pretty crowded as it is! Here are the events across the UK that people will be heading to during the Games.
During the London 2012, there are, in fact, three kinds of events that won't be taking place in London: football, outdoor watersports and cycling.
Cross Country Footie
For a start there won’t be any football in London at all! There are five Olympic football venues organised in the biggest stadiums across the UK: in Cardiff, Conventry, Newcastle, Glasgow and of course Manchester. Footie fans will be doing a lot of driving across country if they want to catch all the matches.
No Splashing in London
Outdoor watersports will obviously not be going on in London either, and have been programmed in more adapted environments! There will be sailing at Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour in Dorset, Rowing & Canoe at Windsor & Eton in Buckinghamshire and the Lee Valley White Water Centre (pictured below) in Hertfordshire is hosting the Olympic Canoe Slalom: the event of choice for big thrill lovers.
The Open Road
Lastly, cycling events are being held in places with nice long empty roads, which London, no surprise here, did not qualify for. The cycling road races will be held in Surrey, whilst the Salvation Armys Hadleigh Farm (pictured below), in the heart of Essex, is hosting the mountain bike events.
The Olympic Spirit
Wherever they take place, big sporting events of the kind that will be taking place all over the UK this Summer are enjoyable because they are big, and the enthusiam for the competition is shared among thousands of live spectators and hundreds of thousands more on TV. It takes the fun of of things to travel to an event like that with no-one to share the excitement with! So, if you're taking your car to go to an Olympic event, don't forget to post your trip on BlaBlaCar to find passengers and fill those empty seats with other sports fans! If you have tickets but haven't planned your trip yet, hop in a car with another Olympic goer: chances are you'll have some great conversations on the way! After all half the fun of sport is talking about it!