|RideLondon is Coming to Hammersmith and Fulham|
Over 20,000 cyclists will race through our streets in August
The route of next August's RideLondon-Surrey 100, the world's largest fund-raising cycle ride involving over 20,000 amateur cyclists has been officially announced.
And the surprise news that the 100 mile route from the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to Surrey's countryside has been altered to include both Hammersmith and Fulham.
When it was first announced last summer following the successful Olympic road race, it was expected next year's race - which is now sponsored by Prudential - would follow the same route through Fulham and across Putney Bridge then looping through Surrey and returning along the same route.
Instead, cyclists taking part in the ride on Sunday August 4 will ride along the A4 and over the Hammersmith Flyover, before heading over Chiswick Bridge into Hounslow, Richmond upon Thames, and Kingston upon Thames.
They will then head into Surrey and return via Putney Bridge and New Kings Road, before finishing on the Mall.
Developed by the Mayor of London and his agencies, Prudential RideLondon is part of a festival of cycling taking place over the weekend of August 3 and 4 next year. The festival will feature four events, including two taking place in Central London on Saturday.
On Sunday, the amateur race will set off from the Olympic Park from 6am and will be followed by a professional race called the RideLondon-Surrey Classic, with 150 if the world’s best riders, including the likes of Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish. which will start from the same location from 12.30pm.
As with last year’s Olympic cycling events, Hammersmith and Fulham residents can expect significant transport disruption throughout the day, with major roads and bridges closed to traffic.
The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 has been dubbed the Marathon on Wheels and the organisers include London Marathon Ltd working alongside the Mayor of London, TfL and other partners. They says that as well as the personal challenge of completing the route, participants’ involvement will also benefit good causes as the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 aims to be the largest charity fund-raising cycle event in the world.
Throughout last year, 55,000 people entered Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 through a ballot. Those who were successful are being informed by post during the week of February 7 - 15.
However, if you were not lucky enough to get a place through the ballot, you can still enter through a guaranteed charity place. Find out more here
There will also be a Business Relay challenge within the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 where up to 1,000 teams of four riders will cycle around 25 miles each, changing over their timing device at three pre-ordained places on the route.