The ticket pricing structure for the 2012 Olympic Games has now been released and for cycling fans it makes uncomfortable viewing.
It will cost £325 to be in one of the front rows seats above the finishing stretch at the velodrome to catch Sir Chris Hoy or Victoria Pendleton attempt to retain their Olympic titles.
Tickets for the blue riband events, like the Team Pursuit final on August 4 will be some of the most coveted of all available at the Games. The Cheapest ticket available for any of the finals sessions is £50.
Cycling tickets are some of the most expensive but they’re by no means the highest. The most expensive seat at the opening ceremony costs £2,012, to watch the men’s 100m final from the prime vantage point is £725 and it’s £450 to be close to the bikinis at the Beach Volleyball finals.
However, even if you have the means to afford a ticket for cycling the chances of obtaining a ticket for any session at the Velodrome are slim. All tickets will be subject to a ballot due to the low number of tickets that will go on sale and the high demand.
Cyclists outperformed any other sports at Beijing in 2008, winning 13 of the 19 gold medals Team GB claimed. However, the Velodrome holds space for just 6,000 spectators, compared to the 17,500 capacity at the Aqua Centre and 7,000 at the handball Arena. This size coupled with additional demands by broadcasters, the sponsors, IOC and VIPS mean most likely that fewer than 5,000 seats will be available to fans every session.
The cheapest tickets available during the 6 days of track racing are £20. These are for the morning sessions on August 4, 5 and 7.
There are some cycling events that can be seen for free. Parts of the course for the two triathlon events can be seen form the roadside. The cycling time trial is free to view and apart from the grandstand seating on the mall, watching the road race won’t cost you anything.
Tickets for the Olympics go on sale on March 15. British Cyclists go in search of Olympic qualification points in Manchester this weekend at the Track World Cup