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Ride London 2016: What to See and Do

All the things to see and do for this weekend's RideLondon event

The annual cycling festival is back for its 4th year running, and it’s bigger than ever with plenty going on for all riders and spectators.

This weekend London will be overrun with cyclists eager to ride and celebrate the wonderful sport of cycling, whilst raising money for a variety of charitable causes. The 4th annual Prudential RideLondon event will be running from Friday July 29th, with the main 100 mile ride event taking place on Sunday July 31st.

The weekend has plenty going on from riding, viewing, shopping and entertainment making it a great weekend for hobbyists and enthusiasts alike.

We bring you the event schedule low-down to ensure you don’t miss a thing.

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RideLondon: Friday July 29th

Festivities kick off with the Grand Prix rides on Friday, taking place at Lee Valley VeloPark in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 13:00.

With a slight change to previous years’ format, Handcycling will be split into two races: The Grand Prix and the Elite Grand Prix with reigning champion, Brian Alldis (GBR), returning to defend his title.

Later in the day, the youth cyclists take to the events with an under 16’s and under 14’s road event. Come along to encourage the next wave of cycling champions as they take on the streets of London.

Finishing the first day of events is the youth BMX competitions which has 4 categories: under 8s / 9 to 10-year-olds / 11 to 12-year-olds / 13 to 14-year-olds. With prizes to be won, each budding super star will give it their all to demonstrate their skill.

There’ll be an action packed Festival Zone featuring a range of entertainment, including the legendary stunt cyclist Danny MacAskill, who brings his world famous Drop and Roll Tour. The action starts at 13:00 and runs to 20:30, and it’s totally free for you and the whole family.

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RideLondon: Saturday July 30th

Saturday kicks off bright and early for the Freestyle ride, taking place at 09:00. This is a great chance for cyclists, families and even non-cycle lovers to pedal their way around the streets of London in a safe and traffic free environment.

The 8 mile Freecycle route passes through iconic London landmarks: Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England before carrying on south of the river with a loop over Waterloo Bridge, offering stunning views of London.

Later in the day, at 17:00 the RideLondon Classique will set off. The 5.5km women’s race is known for being the richest route with a 100,000 euro prize pool, and the individual winner taking home a 25,000 euro prize. Beginning on The Mall in St James’s Park, the cyclists will carry up Constitution Hill, turning at the top to come down and on to Birdcage Walk before looping back to the start.

Finishing off the Saturday with the Brompton World Championship starting off at 19:15. This exciting race prohibits Lycra, and all 500+ riders will have to unfold their bikes and race 8 laps of St. James’ park with the fastest rider taking the win.

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RideLondon: Sunday July 31st

The big finale RideLondon 100 takes place bright and early at 06:00 on Sunday morning. Starting off in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the 100-mile route takes cyclists through the closed roads of the capital city, and into Surrey’s stunning countryside.

A whopping 26,000+ amateur riders will start at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the mass sportive event. They will be followed by 3,500+ amateur riders, mostly novices, undertaking the new Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46, designed as the ideal first mass participation sportive.

After the main ride, it’ll be time for the professionals to take on the 100 mile route for the RideLondon Classic race. The race will see 25 teams of six riders start on Horse Guards Road in St James’s Park  at 13:30. With 150 pro cyclists taking on the leg busting route, it’s your chance to see these athletes in action.

WHERE TO WATCH

Kingston Upon Thames is the only place where riders will pass through twice, and a great place to spend the day. Riders will be coming through: 07:00-16:20 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 / 46 and 13:45 & 17:35  Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.

West Byfleet will host their own festivities great for the whole family with big screens, roadside viewing and games for everyone to take part in. The riders will pass though: 07:20-11:40 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and 14:15  Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.

Pyrford Cricket Club will have a variety of activities on offer throughout the day. There will be a cycle track with bikes for visitors to have a go, lots of different fun activities for all ages, including a giant slide, a bungee run, bouncy castles for adults and children and live music. Riders will be coming by: 07:30-12:00 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and 14:25 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.

Dorking will be one of the main sites for all 26,000 riders to pass through. Big screens and a buzzing atmosphere will welcome the peloton as they ride along the High Street from 08:30, with the last riders reaching the town just before 14:30. Then later in the afternoon from 15:00-17:00, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic will cycle through.

Leahterhead will have the big screen located outside the Swan Centre so that visitors can relax at the cafés and restaurants to watch all the action from BBC TV’s coverage. There’ll be activity from Rollapaluza – a static race bike challenge – along with the chance to support riders in the sportive as they stop for drinks and refreshments at the Swan Centre. Riders are expected to pass through: 08:50-15:35 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and 17:10  Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.

Wimbledon is situated just 10 miles from the finish line. The Love Wimbledon street party will take place on Wimbledon Hill Road with thousands of spectators expected to line the street and cheer the riders up the last climb on the route. Riders are expected: 09:30-16:50  Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and 17:50  Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.

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Weekend Entertainment

From Thursday – Saturday there will be a RideLondon Cycling Show taking place at the ExCel building in London. They’ll be a vast number of cycling exhibitors showcasing the best cycling wares on the market, and there’ll be opportunities to rub shoulders with pro cyclists throughout the weekend. The opening times are as follows:

  • Thursday 28 July: 10:00 – 20:00
  • Friday 29 July: 10:00 – 20:00
  • Saturday 30 July: 09:00 – 17:00

With many other vendors, entertainment and things to do, it’ll be a great event for everyone. Don’t own a bike? Simply rent one from one of the many London city bike stands.

With so many rides, races, competitions and events, there’s plenty to keep you busy over the 3 day cycling festival.

For more information, guidance, and road closures, head over to their website for more information.

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