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by Colin Grady (subscribe)
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For months accusations that the Olympics are nothing more than a money making scheme for big corporations and open only to mega rich money men has been rampant

But it may surprise you to hear that not all Olympic events are ticket only affairs, in fact if you look hard enough you'll find several are completely free.

So here's your chance to enjoy the greatest spectacle on earth without spending a penny.

First up is the women's Cycling Road Race, an energy sapping 140km battle through the streets of London and beyond.

Sadly you've already missed the men's race but there's still much promise of excitement for the women's event when it kicks off at 12pm today.

The route travels through six London boroughs, four Royal Parks and Surrey countryside and offers spectators about 120km of open road to enjoy for free.

Now to some the next 'freebie' on offer may not even seem like an Olympic sport, but the Race Walk really is part of the athletics programme and garners a medal finish.

You can catch the men and women's walks as it loops around Constitution Hill and the Queen Victoria Memorial - just outside Buckingham Palace.

The men's 20km event takes place at 5pm Saturday, 4 August, the 50km from 9am Saturday, 11 August and the women's 20km on the same day from 5pm.

If the Race Walk is not your bag then another free athletics event should tick anyone's box for pure excitement as the Triathlon sprints into action through Hyde Park.

The event is broken down into a 1,500m swim, 40k cycle ride and a 10k run and is one of the most electrifying and high-profile sports at the Games.

There are no heats in the Triathlon merely a single race - a battle to the finish!

Catch the women's final from 9am Friday, 3 August and the men's the following Monday from 11:30 am.

Perhaps the most unique event of the free Games is the Marathon, one of the original modern Olympic sports in 1896 and of the ancient Games in Greece.

And it's fitting that one of the best known events should pass through some of the best known landmarks in the world including Tower of London, Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square.

The gruelling 26.2 mile run has a men's and women's final - 11am Sunday, 5 August for the ladies and the same time for the gents 12 August.

If all that's not enough to feast on for free in this two week sporting extravaganza you can still enjoy the Swimming Marathon.

Again the setting is Hyde Park and you can see the swimmers take to the Serpentine like a duck to water for the 10k event.

The women's 10km Marathon swings into action 12pm Thursday, 9 August while the men's medal event will be on Friday, 10 August from 12pm.

So now you know you don't have to believe everything you hear about the Olympics only being available for the lucky few, everyone can get involved in this once in a life time sporting experience without paying a King's ransom.
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Why? London 2012 Olympics events for all!
When: 27 July to 12 August 2012
Where: London
Cost: Free
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Fantastic review, Colin. Congratulations on your first article, and of course, your award. So happy to know there are so many places and events that folks can view for free. Keep up the great work.
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