Although the course familiarization is not until Thursday morning, I headed to the race venue to look around. I have shot on this course the last two years, but from the previews I knew that everything at the start finish area would be bigger.
I walked in through the media room, which was also for the Open Water Swimming events, but it is at least four times the size of the room we had for the ITU events the last two years.
Here is the view upon walking out into the grandstand.
Great finish line grandstand seating 3,000.
The blue carpet is still covered, but the finish line is ready to go, with photo stands for 96 photographers!
Part of my reason to be on site today was identify the spots I want to shoot on race day. This one looks good to me. Unfortunately, I subsequently learned this spot is not available, and I had to submit a written request for the swim exit positions on the sides.
The Olympic greets the athletes as they exit the water.
Running into T-1 they will see 3,000 screaming fans!
The bike racks are in place, just waiting for placards and bikes.
Even from across the Serpentine, the magnitude of the stadium area can be seen.
Although the race is centered within Hyde Park, on the seven lap bike course, the racers exit the park, go through Wellington Arch and the around the circle in front of Buckingham Palace, and back through the Arch and into the park.