Travel & Accommodation
We are trying to keep cars coming to the event to a minimum and strongly recommend that you cycle to the event where possible – parking in the area is very limited.
Please note that there will be NO PARKING in Lee Valley VeloPark / Velodrome car park on event day (Sunday 23 September).
Please see the below parking map for the 2018 event, and read on for further details on how to get to the event.
To ensure you don’t miss your start time, please plan your route carefully in advance, taking into account that there have been various changes to the road system in the area over the past few years with all the Olympic / post-Olympic building work, so do double check any mapping software you are using.
Please be aware on event day the Lee Valley Velodrome should be approached on bike from the south using the road “Olympic Park Avenue” (which turns into Abercrombie Road). The road immediately outside the Velodrome (Abercrombie Road) will be closed all day on Sunday 23 September for the event. You will not be able to turn onto Abercrombie Road from Temple Mills Lane.
The Velodrome car park will be closed to participants (forms part of the event village) – please do not attempt to drive down Olympic Park Way to use it.
There are four ways to get to the Start on the morning of the event – these are listed below.
Due to the limited amount of parking in the vicinity we would recommend, where/if possible for your start time, that you use public transport to get to the event.
All TFL services should be operating according to their standard Sunday schedule – however please do ensure that you check the TFL website for any weekend engineering works that may disrupt your intended journey or mode of transport.
NOTE: Normal restrictions apply to the carriage of bicycles on public transport in London – please check the TFL website for details of what lines or modes of transport you are allowed to take your bike on.
If part of your journey is by train we advise you to also check what restrictions train operating companies may have in place over the weekend and whether you can take your bike on board at www.nationalrail.co.uk.
Please check your start time before planning or booking your transport and remember to plan in enough time to get to the start e.g. it will take approx 5-10 minutes to cycle from Stratford International Station to the Start Area.
On the morning, we recommend you use your Oyster card or contactless card for payment as ticket offices may not be open.
We recommend all spectators arriving or departing after 12:00 do so at Leyton Station or Stratford International. Other stations will be increasingly busy due to the popularity of the Olympic Park and Westfield Shopping Centre.
NOTE: There will be NO PARKING at Lee Valley VeloPark / Velodrome on Event Day (Sunday 23 September).
There is no official car park for the event and so we advise you to plan more than one possible parking option in the area. Public parking options could include the following – note all usual parking restrictions and payments will apply:
- Stratford International Station NOTE THIS LOCATION HAS A HEIGHT RESTRICTION OF 2.6M
Postcode: E20 1YY
- Here East Multi Storey Car Park NOTE THIS LOCATION HAS A HEIGHT RESTRICTION OF 2.4M
Located on East Way (access via A12)
Alternatively you could look for residential roads in the wider area to park on and then cycle to the start. Should you do so please be considerate to residents, park with care and attention and please do not block any driveways or footpaths. Roads in the immediate area (5-10 min cycle East of the VeloPark) might include:
- Chandos Road
- Chobham Road
All parking is first come first served – please plan a couple of options for where you could park well in advance just in case your first choice is not available, to ensure that you are not rushed on event morning.
Please ensure you have planned your journey from your chosen parking location to outside the Lee Valley Velodrome (the start) in advance to ensure that you can get there in plenty of time for your start.
There will not be an official drop-off location in place for the event.
Please ensure that the location you select is safe and you can pull off the road so you do not cause any delays or hold up the traffic behind you. Whilst there is no official drop-off location, somewhere you may want to consider within 5 miles of the event could include:
- Leyton Mills Retail Park, Marshall Road (complex includes Asda, B&Q, Currys)
Postcode: E10 5NH
Note: parking here is limited to 3 hours. Location is approximately 10 min cycle to the start.
Route to the Start:
- Start on Marshall Road
- At mini-roundabout turn right onto Orient Way
- At Traffic Lights turn right onto A106 (Ruckholt Road)
- At Traffic Lights turn left onto Temple Mills Lane
- Turn right onto Honour Lea Avenue
- At T-Junction turn right onto Olympic Park Way
- Arrive at VeloPark
Please ensure you have planned your journey from your chosen drop-off location to outside the Lee Valley Velodrome (the start) in advance to ensure that you can get there in plenty of time for your start time.
If you live locally, or are staying at local accommodation before the event then you should plan to cycle to the start.
Please ensure you have planned your journey from your accommodation to outside the Lee Valley Velodrome (the start) in advance to ensure that you can get there in plenty of time for your start time.
Whichever option you choose, please make sure you plan your journey to the event start to ensure that you leave plenty of time to get there. If you miss your start time, you may not be able to take part in the sportive or may have to do a shorter course.