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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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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