The biggest cycling festival of the year took place last week with a bursting schedule of bicycle loving entertainment.
Including big names such a Dani King and the world’s best female cyclists taking part in the Ride London Classique, there were demonstrations and shows performed by legendary stunt rider Danny Macaskill. Over the three day event, tens of thousands of riders and fans descended upon the Capital city for the Prudential Ride London.
Maria David is a passionate cyclist and has been known to get her wheels down and dirty by taking on some pretty hefty challenges and sportives. This time, Maria really out did herself by taking part in the Ride London Freecycle on the Saturday, and the Ride London Surrey 100 on the Sunday.
In Celebration of Cycling at Ride London
Words and photos: Maria David
Now in its fourth year, the Ride London weekend has grown bigger, better and with even more variety than when the idea first saw the day in 2013. Having started as a legacy event from the London 2012 Olympics the Ride London weekend is also a big fundraising event, with tens of millions of pounds having been raised for charity since 2013.
As well as the men’s London-Surrey Classic and the women’s Classique professional races there are various other events for use mere mortals – Handcycle Grand Prix, Youths BMX Grand Prix, FreeCycle, Brompton Race, and the Ride London-Surrey 100 or 46, meaning around 100,000 people taking part across the seven events. I took part in the FreeCycle and the London-Surrey 100.