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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
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On Your Bike

London is bicycle mad this year. In July, we will see the competitors of Le Tour de France cycle their way to the finish line from Cambridge, and then one month later, on the 9th & 10th August, it will be time for Prudential RideLondon.

Unlike Le Tour de France, however, RideLondon is open to all, whether you are a professional, amateur, or casual commuter. Developed by the Mayor of London, the two-day festival is all about encouraging people to cycle more often. Closed road routes offer a safe environment for the thousands of competitors and spectators expected to turn up.

For pre-event entertainment, why not visit The Cycling Show at ExCeL London, which will run between the 7th - 9th August. With free admission, it is the opportunity to watch a lot of professional stunt performers in action.

Prudential RideLondon is comprised of four events:

Grand Prix
9th August

A showcase of the capital's future Olympians, the event features and supports junior racers, professional women's cycle racing, and, the Paralympic legacy.

Surrey 100
10th August

twenty-four thousand amateur cyclists take on a hundred-mile challenge from The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, through Surrey countryside, and finish at The Mall. Business will also be able to compete in a team relay, each person riding twenty-five miles.

Surrey Classic
10th August

A hundred and fifty of the world's top cyclists follow a similar route but take a detour through Dorking for a two hundred kilometre race.

9th August

A chance for families to get out, have fun, and keep active. Along the eight-mile course, you can stop at designated areas to take part in bike-based activities.
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Why? Fun for families
When: 9th & 10th Aug
Phone: 020 7902 0212
Where: Across London
Cost: Free
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