|Massive Cycling Event to Pass Through Putney|
Road closures will be necessary for the RideLondon race in August
The routes of the RideLondon 100-mile cycle challenge through London and Surrey and ending in The Mall have been announced.
The event for 24,000 riders will begin at 6am on August 10 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and come through Putney across Putney Bridge to the finish at the Mall. The route is essentially the same as for last year's event.
At 1pm. the RideLondon Surrey Classic race for 150 of the world's top professional male riders will start.
A number of road closures will be necessary on the day. The organisers claim an extensive community engagement programme is underway with the London boroughs on the route and Surrey County Council to help residents and businesses along the routes plan ahead.
This will include leaflet drops in May and July to 1 million+ residents and businesses along the routes, drop-in sessions for local people and community access plans.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "As well as bringing economic benefit to the capital, events such as Prudential RideLondon help to support our two-wheeled renaissance and I am confident this year’s event will be even bigger and better."
The 2014 Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling begins on Saturday 9 August with Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle, a chance for all the family to enjoy cycling a traffic-free loop on closed roads through central London. Later that day, the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix showcases top women’s professional races and the Olympic cyclists of the future in youth races for boys and girls in criterium races in and around St James’s Park.
In its first year, riders in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 raised more than £7 million for charity, setting a new record for a UK one-day cycling event. In 2014, organisers have set the ambitious fundraising target of £12 million.