Roads.cc have announced in a recent post(http://road.cc/content/news/30829-updated-london-2012-road-race-course-proves-rumours-route-were-correct-profile ) that as always the racers will be going around a circuit chosen to maximise the perceived audience depth and reduce the inconvenience to other road users whilst the event is underway.
Sydney and Athens were locations i saw a great deal of activity as the security forces inspected manhole covers and all other means of concealing explosive devices or other impediments to the race. This activity is an ongoing concern for authorities worldwide and is a symptom of the world security concerns in this day of "terrorism".
Had the world been a better place we would have seen the route visiting places such as Windsor Castle, Runnymede, Oxford ,Cotwolds , Cambridge , Shakespeare Country , and a few other landmarks giving the Tv audience a better sense of the English Countryside. No doubt it would have to have been a National Holiday and would have been the source of street parties the likes of which you find at the Tour De France each year. Could the English rise to the Culinary heights that i have experienced in France as i have experienced better ranges of cuisine at the roadside each year than in any restaurant anywhere in the world.
No doubt i will see on TV some road side events featuring a BBQ or picnics as race visitors await the passing parade.