Prudential RideLondon - 9th / 10th August
This annual world-class two-day cycling festival combines the fun and accessible element of a free family ride in Central London with the excitement of watching the world's best professional cyclists race. Taking a cue from the London Marathon, amateur cyclists also participate by riding a 100 mile challenge on the same closed roads as the professionals, with the added incentive of raising money for a good cause - last year the event raised in excess of £3.5m for charity!
Kicking off this year's Prudential RideLondon is the FreeCycle on Saturday 9th August. This event offers you and the family the chance to enjoy an 8 mile traffic free loop through Central London, passing some of the capital's most iconic landmarks. As long as you turn up with a bicycle, you are welcome to take on the course at any pace you want, no registration necessary! Put the pedal to the metal (or rather put the pedal in a circular motion, just really fast) and give your friends a time to beat, or perhaps take a gentle ride around town with Gran in tow, stopping en route to enjoy a range of bike-based entertainment and activities. However you decide to tackle the course, you can go round as many times as you like!
This year the route has been pretty kind to our Zipcars with very few vehicles directly affected by the event. Whilst the locations and vehicles will remain active, it's important to look at the event information to be able to plan your trips. The majority of bridges and roads will be closed around this area so make sure you consult the TFL website before travelling. For a full map of the route click here.
The great thing about the Free Cycle is that anyone can get invloved and join at any point in the course. If you find yourself in London on the 9th August then why not pick a local Boris bike and join in.
As you can see, from this map there are loads of bike stations available in and around the event, just make sure you get there early to avoid disappointment!
Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle encourages people of all ages to stay inspired by the Games of 2012 and entice more people to go cycling more often. Aimed at cyclists of all ages and abilities the FreeCycle is guaranteed to be a lively day out with activites along the route. Watch out for the Music Bike and it's on the move entertainment or smile for the camera at the photo point!
There's no need to register for the race, you and your wheels are enough, just turn up to any point on the route and get started! However anyone who registers in advance will recieve a Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle magazine and tabard.
If Saturday wasn't enough for you then you'll enjoy what Sunday has in store. See 20,000 plus amateur cyclists take on a cycling challenge like no other through London and Surrey on a very similar route to that of the London 2012 Olympic Road Cycling Races. The Surrey 100 will be kicking off in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then travels through the capital and onto Surrey's stunning country roads and hills before finishing up in iconic Central London. Later on in the day it's the turn of the professionals where 150 of the worlds top cyclists descend into London to battle it out for the RideLondon-Surrey Classic.
The route is fairly similar for both the Surrey 100 and the Classic, the only difference is an extra section added on for the professionals. If you click on the map above you can see the entire route from its start at the Olympic Park, its epic route around Surrey and back up into Central London.
There will be plenty of road closures throughout London and Surrey on both Saturday 9th and 10th August. Take a look at the map above, if you think you might be affected by road closures read through this information.
The race has proved to be extremely popular and they've run out of space this year, so if you haven't already registered for this year's race then bad news I'm afraid. However there are still some places up for grabs in the business relay:
The Business Relay is a separate event within the Surrey 100. It offers you and three colleagues the chance to work together and achieve an amazing feat on this now iconic route through London and Surrey. The event can be ridden as a traditional relay with one rider handing over to the next at dedicated locations along the route with each rider completing approx. 25 miles (pfft! Easy!).
Rider one - 24miles Rider two - 21miles Rider three - 28 miles Rider four - 27 miles
If you really want to push yourselves, the Business Peloton can be ridden as a team where riders form a team at set points along the route in order to finish as a full team. Each rider completes a different distance of the challenge whilst all can enjoy the satisfaction of cycling to finish on The Mall!
Rider one - 100miles Rider two - 76miles Rider three - 55miles Rider four - 27miles
Prudential Surrey 100 are still accepting Business entries for this year's race but only until the 6th June! Don't miss out on your chance to test your cycling endurance: register here.