Prudential RideLondon 100 start 2013

This weekend London will be given over to the celebration of our favourite hobby, sport and mode of transport.

The Prudential RideLondon Festival of Cycling will have been in many of your calendars for some time, especially if you're gearing up to ride on Sunday.

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However, regardless if you've got a space on the 100 mile sportive that weaves through Surrey, there's lots more going on across the weekend.

Here are the most exciting events taking place.....

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Family friendly fun on two wheels - this is a closed road ride through the streets of London. The route has been designed to pass major landmarks, such as Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s Cathedral, to keep the minds of adults and children occupied.

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Along the way, riders will be treated to an array of entertainment at six different festival zones. These will be based at Green Park, Guidhall Yard, Leadenhall Market, St Paul's Churchyard, Aldwych and Lincoln's Inn Fields.

Fun and games at the festival zones will include a huge range of activities and sights, from penny farthings to bands on bikes and bike doctors on hand to restore any tired two wheelers.

It's free to ride - you can find out more and register here.

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The cycling show kicks off on Thursday 30 July, and will be open to guests at the Excel centre in East London until 5pm on Saturday 1 August.

There will be a wide range of brands ready to show you exactly what they've got to offer - from nutrition suppliers SIS and Beet It to tour providers and clothing designers.

Alongside the retail therapy, a range of speakers will be there to give you insights into everything from bike prep to nutrition and group riding, especially handy if you're riding Sunday's sportive.

Opening times are:

Thursday 30 July 10:00-20:00

Friday 31 July 10:00-20:00

Saturday 1 August 09:00-17:00

See the schedule and find out more here.

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This is a chance to see some of the best riders in the female peloton battle it out for the honour of claiming first place on The Mall.

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The women's race starts at 6pm, in St James' Park and there will be a selection of pro and domestic teams. Last year it was Giorgio Bronzini who crossed the line first, and in 2013 Laura Trott took the title.

Before the women's race, you'll also be able to catch the 'no lycra allowed' Brompton World Championships, at 5pm, and there are junior races from 7pm onwards too.

Find out more about the events here.

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Thirty of the best handcyclists will race from Kingston's Market Place to the Mall in central London on Sunday.

The 15 mile route will feature some of the athletes from Battle Back - a Ministry of Defense initiative that provides injured personnel with opportunities to use sport as part of their rehab.

Riders to look out for will include Josh Boggi, Ben Zissman, Steve Arnold and Chris Hawes, while in the women’s race Jen Browning, who was third in 2014, and Hannah Hunt, who placed fourth last year, will be likely to put on quite a show.

The race starts at 8.30 am, and you can find out more and see the route here.

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Of course, the women's Grand Prix on Saturday is the REAL main event in our eyes, but that's no reason not to flock to the city to see the men battle it out to sprint to glory on Sunday.

The 200km race will travel through London, and into Surrey, following a variation on the London 2012 Olympics over a 200km route.

The race offers the highest prize money available for a one-day classic, and will feature top riders - including Manx Missile Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins.

It'll all kick off at St James' Park at 1.30pm, coming into The Mall around 6pm - but you can also find yourself a space somewhere along the route into Surrey for a great view - find out more here.

Prudential RideLondon 100 finish line 2013

The one many of you have been waiting for - for some time we expect!

This sportive gives riders the chance to enjoy some of the key roads featured in the 2012 Olympic games and celebrate the legacy of the events.

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Setting off from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, riders will weave a route of 100 miles through Surrey and finish on The Mall.

The entire route follows closed roads - and there will be plenty of opportunity for you to practice your group riding skills, so it's worth brushing up.

If you've got a place, we're sure you'll have an amazing ride - but we recommend you check out this fueling guide to make sure you make the most of an amazing day on the bike.