Even though the London course has been set for the last couple of years and many of the women have raced here, some even had their qualifying race one this course, there have been many miles in between.
From 6:30 to 7:15 AM, they girls had a chance to get out and ride a couple of easy laps of the complete course. Some rode alone, some with teammates and many with coaches.
Here are a few snaps from their preview ride.
I would be worried if Sarah Groff were not in her typical playful mood.
Sarah and Laura Bennett settled in for a couple of easy laps.
Gwen Jorgensen rode with USAT High Performance Leader Jono Hall.
Paula Findlay was out early.
Reigning World Champion and local Gold Medal favorite knows the course but takes advantage of the available time.
After their ride the girls had a chance to swim the course.
Just beyond the first turn of the one lap swim, the Olympic Rings glow in the early morning sun.
Jono meets Gwen at the swim exit. Laura and Sarah opted out of the swim this morning.
Not only were the girls practicing on the course but so were the operators of the remote TV camera which runs on cable stretched over kilometer moves over the swim course and transition area.
I couldn’t help but stop and drool over the row of BMW F650 GS motos, which is my ideal to shoot from. Unfortunately, I will not get one for the races.
Cheers from London.