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RideLondon 100 gets underway

Today more than 50,000 competitors will take part in a 100-mile road race on a route that starts in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, scene of last year's Games, before taking them into the Surrey countryside.

Rugby World Cup winner Matt Dawson, two-time Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell, former Olympic champion sprint hurdler Sally Gunnell and actor Gary Kemp are among the famous faces taking part.

Cyclists and spectators out in force

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Boris Johnson vows to prove his cycling critics wrong

London Mayor Boris Johnson has been wheeled out throughout the year in promotion of the RideLondon cycling festival.

The regular rider will take part in the 100-mile challenge on Sunday.

"My team has told me I will never make it," Mr Johnson said. "They think I am too clapped out to cycle 100 miles but the more they discourage me, the more determined I am to have a crack."

Double gold medal winner Laura Trott helped Boris Johnson promote the RideLondon festival last August. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive
The London Mayor teamed up with Trott again in February as the route of the RideLondon-Surrey classic was announced. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
Boris Johnson cycled alongside TV presenter Jeff Brazier to launch his 100 mile charity challenge in June. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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70,000 riders gear up for UK's grand cycling festival

A cycling show has been held at the ExCel center in east London ahead of the weekend's festival. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Riders of all ages and abilities will navigate roads around London and Surrey this weekend as part of the UK's largest festival of cycling.

More than 70,000 are expected to get on their bikes for the events at the Prudential RideLondon festival.

The 100 mile London-Surrey, starting at the Olympic Park and finishing on The Mall, is set to be among the highlights.

Up to 20,000 amateur cyclists, including London Mayor Boris Johnson, will be taking part.

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TfL warn of RideLondon road closures

Transport for London has warned that many roads will be closed this weekend for the RideLondon event. On Saturday, Central London will be affected when the FreeCycle ride takes place between the Tower of London and St James's Park.

On Sunday, the London-Surrey 100 ride will take place between the Olympic Park in Stratford and the Surrey village of Ockley.

Several crossings across the river will be closed on Sunday:

  • Blackwall Tunnel / A12 southbound - closed from 0100 to 0900 (A12 northbound from A13 closed from 0500 to approximately 0900 and A13 eastbound and westbound from A12 to Leamouth Road is closed from 0500 to 0900)
  • Tower Bridge and Southwark Bridge - closed from 0400 to 1515
  • Westminster Bridge, Lambeth Bridge & Vauxhall Bridge closed from 0500 to 1930
  • Chelsea Bridge, Albert Bridge & Putney Bridge - closed from 0500 to after 1915
  • Chiswick Bridge - closed from 0500 to 1430
  • Kingston Bridge - closed from 0500 to 1915
  • Hampton Court Bridge - closed from 0500. Open from 1530 northbound and 1900 southbound

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.

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Laura Trott to launch RideLondon cycling event

Cyclist Laura Trott. Credit: REUTERS/David Davies/Pool

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and Olympic gold medallist, Laura Trott are to launch the official RideLondon route for 2013.

Plans for the two day cycling festival were announced just after the Olympics last July.

It will feature a series of rides for anyone from young amateurs to the world's elite cyclists.

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