Mass cycling event this weekend

RideLondon - the largest mass-participation cycling festival ever held in the UK - will take place across London and Surrey this weekend.

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The Grand Prix: Where to watch

The Grand Prix route is a 1.3 mile loop around St James Park Credit: BikeLondon

A field of around 60 of the world’s top cyclists will take part in the first women’s criterium race ever to be staged on The Mall.

Team GB's golden girls Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell, Dani King and Elinor Barker will be just some of the names to look out for at the one-hour pro women’s race, which starts at 18:30 on Saturday 3 August.

The handcycle race will take place at 5pm. Two British servicemen injured in Afghanistan will join five medallists from the 2012 Paralympic Games.

And at 5.45 The Youths A/B race for U14s and U16s has attracted cyclists from all over the London area. This next generation of Britain’s cyclists will relish the unique opportunity to race on a stunning route at 17:45 on Saturday 3 August. See a full list of competitors and get more details here.

Where to watch:

The three criterium races that make up the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix will follow a fast, flat 1.3-mile loop around St James’s Park.

The stunning route is easy to access from St James’s Park, Charing Cross, Westminster, Green Park and Piccadilly Underground stations. Spectators are welcome to stand anywhere along the route to enjoy this exciting evening of bike racing.


Get involved: Freecycle

The circuit travels around St James Park, along Victoria Embankment and Lower Thames Street to Tower Hill Credit: RideLondon

You can enter and exit at any point along the route, do as many laps as you like and come and go as you please.

There’s also a shorter two-mile loop that takes in The Mall, Whitehall, Embankment, Parliament Square and Birdcage Walk, if you don’t want to venture too far from Green Park.

Cyclists will also be able to stop off en route to enjoy a range of bike-based entertainment and activities.

There will also be a variety of bike-based entertainment for the whole family to enjoy along the route.

There will be three separate Festival Zones at Green Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Hill. Each Festival Zone will feature live bike-related entertainment including games of bike polo. music, shows, demonstrations and workshops as well as enticing food and drink options and kids activities.

If your bike needs a quick once over or a little TLC, pop along to see one of the CTC bike doctors, who will be located in all three Festival Zones. The CTC bike doctors will also be roaming around the PrudentialRideLondon FreeCycle Route in case you have a breakdown while you’re on the move.

There will also be music zones along the route featuring a variety of musical entertainment and noise zones along the route where riders will be encouraged to make some noise by ringing their bike bells and peeping horns.

For all the details click here.

RideLondon Surrey 100 route

The 100 mile race starts at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 aims to be the largest charity fundraising cycle event in the world.

20,000 amateur cyclists will start out from The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park head past Canary Wharf and through the City of London before cycling west along PIccadilly and the A4.

Riders will cross the River Thames at Chiswick and pass through Richmond Park and the heart of Kingston-upon-Thames, before crossing Hampton Court Bridge along the route made famous by both the road race and time trial events during last summer’s Olympic Games.

Cyclists head south past Newlands Corner, Abinger Hammer and Holmbury St Mary before tackling the biggest ascent on the route at Leith Hill. After a short descent., it's onto the next challenge: world-famous zig zags of Box Hill.

After heading north through Leatherhead, Cobham, Esher and Kingston, the route takes riders back into London over Putney Bridge to cross the River Thames for a final time.

The route then follows the Embankment all the way alongside the Thames, heading past some of London’s most famous landmarks as it makes its way across Parliament Square and up Whitehall.

The route then swings left through Trafalgar Square, with riders streaming under Admiralty Arch before a spectacular finish on The Mall.

For detailed spectator information along the 100 mile route click here.

Hundreds of roads closed across London

Sunday's route goes from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park down to Leith Hill in Surrey Credit: RideLondon

The cycling festival will have a significant impact on London's roads this weekend.

Motorists are being advised to avoid driving in London with hundreds of road closures on a similar scale to last year's Olympics.

11 bridges over the Thames, Hyde Park Corner, Hammersmith flyover and the southbound Blackwall tunnel will all be closed at various times over the weekend.

Richmond, Kingston and Guildford will also see main roads and country lanes closed to traffic. Drivers are also being warned that parked cars will be towed away.

Organisers expect around 50,000 people to take part in the free, eight-mile, family event 'Freecycle' on closed roads through Westminster and the City of London on Saturday.

Transport for London say traffic impacts on Saturday will be fairly light and will be in the central London area. In addition, Southwark and Westminster Bridges will be closed to traffic, but open to pedestrians, between 4am and 6pm on the day.

For full details of Sunday road closures including borough by borough breakdowns of how the route will affect you visit the Transport for London website.

Boris Johnson among those taking part


Four events across London and Surrey

Boris Johnson and double Olympic cycling champion Laura Trott announcing the RideLondon route in February Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire/Press Association Images

More than 70,000 cyclists, including some of the world's top professionals are expected to take part across four separate events this Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August.

The four events making up the two-day cycling festival are:

The Prudential RideLondon Freecycle... Saturday 3 August

This eight-mile mass-participation ride is free to enter and open to cyclists of all ages and abilities. It aims to encourage anyone inspired by the London 2012 Games to take up cycling as part of an active and healthy lifestyle.

The Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix... Saturday 3 August

Featuring the world's best women, junior and hand cyclists in action on a circuit in and around St James's Park.

The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100... Sunday 4 August

Open to amateur and club riders, 20,000 cyclists will take part in the 100-mile challenge event.

Bradley Wiggins leads the Peleton up Box Hill during the Men's Olympic Road race in Box Hill last year Credit: Adam Davy/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic... Sunday 4 August

For elite men's professional riders brings the drama of a classic one-day style of racing back to Britain.

The 140 mile route includes all the highlights of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 route plus the testing challenge of three ascents of Leith Hill, the highest point in Surrey and even steeper than Box Hill.

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