Olympians head for the hills
One of the most picturesque parts of the Surrey Hills will be at the heart of the 2012 Olympic Cycling Road Race. The route, which begins and ends on The Mall in central London, will cover approximately 130 miles of Surrey roads, including a considerable stretch of the A25, passing through Dorking and surrounding villages.

Those lucky enough to bag a spot can watch some of the worlds very best riders repeat a challenging ten mile circuit of Box Hill, including the National Trusts infamous Zig Zag Road set to be the scene of the key breakaways by the top riders. For those unable to watch on the North Downs summit, there will be many opportunities to witness the race from the roadside, with pub gardens and cafes in Shere, Westcott and Wotton set to be popular destinations for spectators. Some lucky homeowners too are expected to have a first-class seat for the action.

Colin Hughes, Partner of Jackson-Stops & Staff Dorking, said: The Olympic Games coming to London is the chance of a lifetime to experience the incredible atmosphere of this universal event. People throughout the nation are getting involved, whether as spectators, supporters or participants; yet for those in the Surrey Hills, missing out on tickets does not mean the end to the Olympic experience. As well as offering a stunning rural setting that is ever popular with London commuters seeking country comforts, buying a property in the Surrey Hills and the surrounds now means buying a top-tier ticket to the greatest show on Earth and the definitive armchair viewing experience!

The Surrey Hills, one of the first areas in England to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has become a prime location for people who wish to live in a rural setting while remaining within a short commute of central London. Nearby Dorking, a pleasant market town with excellent shopping and recreational facilities, has train stations providing regular commuter services to London Waterloo and Victoria, as well as a cross country route from Reading to Redhill.

Meanwhile, the historic village of Betchworth, with its 900-year old parish church of St Michaels, one of the churches in Four Weddings and a Funeral, and the charming old Surrey village of Westcott, provide perfect examples of villages with good facilities, ideal for riding and walking enthusiasts. Jackson-Stops & Staff, Dorking office, has a range of properties on the market in the area, offering a track-side experience from the luxury of your own front step. A family home in Betchworth is currently offered at 1,150,000; a substantial home in a private, rural setting at 825,000; and a rural cottage for 499,995. The Road Race event, one of the few outside of the capital and free to view in parts, is scheduled to take place on the opening weekend of the Games, and will see 145 men and 67 women race on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July 2012, respectively.

Notable British riders due to take part include, Nicole Cooke - looking to defend her Olympic title from the 2008 Beijing Games, and Mark Cavendish - bidding for the mens title on home soil. A test event, which organisers hope will attract many of the riders expected to compete in the London 2012 Games, will take place on 14th August 2011.