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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
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On Your Bikes

It's official. Boris is barmy about bikes. First he introduced a bike hire scheme in London for commuters to get to work, and now he has developed Prudential RideLondon, a two-day cycling festival in honour of the 2012 Olympic Games.

There will be four events over the 3rd & 4th August, two of which are for the public, and the other two for professional cyclists.

3rd August

As the name suggests, the Freecycle is completely free to register, and will be the biggest mass-participation bike event in Britain, It is open to all levels, with a choice of a two-mile course that travels from Westminster around St. James's Park, or an eight-mile course that goes al the way down to Tower Hill. There will also be a number of cycling related activities taking place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

On the morning of the event, there will be an attempt to set a Guinness World Record by organising the longest single line of bikes. Participants will ride single file from Horse Guards Parade to Birdcage Walk.

Grand Prix
3rd August

This will be a showcase of the most promising women, junior, and hand-cyclists. The event will kick off at 5pm as they cycle 1.3 miles around St. James's Park.

London-Surrey 100
4th August

This a hundred mile charity route from London to Surrey, but can only be entered through ballot. Although the deadline for applying is closed, there will still be lots of activities to get involved in as part of the festival.

London-Surrey Classic
4th August

If you are not joining in the 100 event, you can watch the professionals in the London-Surrey Classic. It will start at 12.30pm at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and finish at The Mall in Central London. There will be spectator points and activities along the route.
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When: 3rd - 4th Aug
Where: London & Surrey
Cost: Free
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