Speaking in 2005 Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) revealed the core vision of the games was "to stage inspirational Games that capture the imagination of young people around the world and leave a lasting legacy."
He neglected to mention the fans. So, with the Games now just 346 days away I hope LOCOG start to think about us. On Sunday I went into central London filled with excitement as I was going to see the end of the London-Surrey Cycle Classic. This was the test event for the Olympic cycling road race and, as a cycling fan, a rare occasion to see the world's best on the UK's roads.
The main reason for my excitement was this course favoured a sprint finish and Mark Cavendish - the world's fastest sprinter - was headlining the Great Britain line-up. Having experienced the thrill of seeing the Tour de France finish on the Champs Elysee I headed to the Mall in anticipation of seeing a spectacular end to the race.
Unfortunately the crucial last 500 metres of the course were cordoned off by 10 foot high metal fencing covered in thick green netting making viewing the inevitable sprint finish impossible. Unless you were "a designated wrist-band holder" I was told by the security staff. When I enquired how I bought one of these magic wristbands I was told that they weren't for sale. This meant I was forced to squeeze my way onto the railings 650 metres from the finish, just outside Buckingham Palace, and just out of range of a view of the final sprint. Meanwhile the wristband only area remained virtually empty as my picture of the finishing line below illustrates:
I've been a staunch supporter of the Olympic Games being held in this country. I've argued against those who have criticised the Games. Now I'm not so sure. Why was a kilometre of prime viewing area given over to the elusive wristband holders? Is this going to be the area reserved for the big corporate sponsors at next year's games?
What should have been a great day to celebrate the performances of one of our finest athletes - Mark Cavendish did win the sprint - left me feeling let down and wondering if real fans will get a look in next Summer.