London hosts world's greatest festival of cycling this weekend
This weekend London hosts the world's greatest cycling festival.
Prudential RideLondon, now in its fifth year, will see more than 100,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities, including some of the world's top professionals, take to the traffic-free roads for a weekend of two-wheeled fun.
What's happening? Where? And when?
Friday 28 July
The festival kicks off at Lee Valley VeloPark with events throughout the day between 11am and 6pm. Nearly 200 young BMX riders aged from eight up to 16 will tackle the Grand Prix circuit. There will also be youth road cycling and handcycle races for injured veterans and elite international hand cyclists.
Saturday 29 July
From 9am 10 miles of central London’s streets will be closed for FreeCycle. It's a chance for cyclists to enjoy traffic-free roads as they pass iconic London landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England.
On Saturday evening, the world’s best female cyclists are in action in the Prudential RideLondon Classique, the richest prize in women’s cycling.
This year’s race features Olympic gold medallist Katie Archibald, Dutch cycling legend Marianne Vos and British favourites Alice and Hannah Barnes.
The Brompton World Championship finishes the day as up to 500 riders in fancy dress set off in a Le Mans style start to unfold their bikes before racing around the 2km circuit of St James’s Park.
Sunday 30 July
On the final day of the festival 25,000 amateur cyclists tackle the 100-mile route from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park out into Surrey and up and over Box Hill before returning to finish on The Mall.
Meanwhile 5,000 riders will take on the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 – a shorter 46-mile route without the hills. They will be joined by Olympic legends Sir Chris Hoy and Nicola Adams.
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