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Bike race route cut amid rain fears

Riders make their way past Buckingham Palace
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The bike race in which thousands of cyclists are riding from London to Surrey has been shortened by 14 miles amid a forecast of heavy rain. Organisers of RideLondon said they "reluctantly" made the decision to cut the race from 100 miles to 86 after information from the Met Office as the effects of Hurricane Bertha's remnants are felt in the UK. The route will now miss out a section covering Leith Hill and Box Hill in Surrey due to predictions of heavy rain. More than 22,000 amateur riders are taking part in the race, which finishes on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace. The professional riders head out from the Olympic park in east London at 1pm.

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Stolen bicycle snapped at RideLondon event

A man was photographed riding a stolen bike down the Mall, among thousands of other cyclists after it was taken from a participant in the Prudential RideLondon cycle event, police have revealed.

Man police want to speak to after bicycle theft at Ride London FreeCycle event. Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Images of the man riding the £2,600 green Trek Madone 4.9 down the road which links Buckignham Palace with Trafalgar Square were taken by official event photographers.

He is shown wearing a safety helmet as he rides the bike, which belongs to a 42-year-old man taking part in the event, after it was stolen from nearby Green Park on August 3.

PC Charlotte Brierley, of the Cycle Task Force, said: "The victim was about to take part in the FreeCycle event when his bicycle was stolen. The theft took place in the middle of a very busy event and we are urging people who were there who may have seen anything to come forward".

RideLondon "one of greatest cycling events of the world"

"I want to thank the organisers and the wonderful crowd who made all the difference as we cycled by, helping to spur me on to finish the gruelling 100 miles in a respectable eight hours.

"Huge congratulations to everyone who took part

"RideLondon is now firmly on the map as one of the greatest cycling events in the world."

Mr Johnson, who battled with a puncture to complete the challenge in just over eight hours, was taking part in one of a number of events this weekend in what was billed as the UK's largest festival of cycling.

Mr Johnson said: "This is a great day for cycling, and for this city.

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Rowsell "gutted" to be missing RideLondon

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Well this is far from ideal.. In hospital with a broken collar bone. Thank you for all the messages. I will bounce back!

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Absolutely gutted to be missing the @ridelondon 100 today for @actionmedres. Massive good luck to everyone riding. Will be an amazing day

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Thank you everyone for all your lovely messages. In pain this morning but doing ok and getting looked after :-)

Rowsell injured in RideLondon

File photo of Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Joanna Rowsell
File photo of Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Joanna Rowsell Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Joanna Rowsell said she was "gutted" today after breaking her collar bone during a race as part of RideLondon, the UK's largest festival of cycling.

Rowsell, who won gold in the team pursuit during last year's Games, was competing in the women's criterium race in and around St James's Park last night when she was involved in a pile-up in the final stages of the event.

The Prudential RideLondon weekend features four separate events with around 50,000 people taking part in a mass participation event that saw many of the capital's roads closed to traffic yesterday, and London mayor Boris Johnson among thousands of others taking part in a 100-mile road race today.

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Boris flies the flag as cyclists race across London

London mayor Boris Johnson was among thousands taking part. Credit: @RideLondon

Cyclists have begun racing across the capital as part of the Prudential RideLondon weekend, in one four separate events designed to appeal to riders of all ages and abilities.

Around 50,000 people are taking part in a mass event that saw many of the capital's roads closed to traffic yesterday.

London mayor Boris Johnson was among thousands of others taking part in a 100-mile road race today.

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