Cyclists to take to the capital for Prudential RideLondon this weekend
Travelling by two wheels will become de rigueur this weekend as the world's largest festival of cycling fills the streets of the capital.
The second Prudential RideLondon combines five challenges for biking beginners and top professional cyclists held at a variety of locations this Saturday and Sunday (August 9 and 10).
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic start at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before journeying into the heart of the capital and through to Surrey, with the Classic a longer route for 150 of the world's top male cyclists and extended loops to meet international race requirements. Expect travel disruption.
The Surrey 100 route will instead be taken on by 24,000 amateur riders raising money for charity and finish in style on The Mall.
Other events include the FreeCycle's 10-mile traffic route for all abilities and Grand Prix showcasing Olympic cyclists of the future, as well as the Handcycle Classic featuring Paralympic medallists among a field of 50.
Four riders from Charlton Athletic Community Trust will be among those pedalling the Surrey 100 in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.
Matt Parish, Nick Darvill, Dean Redwood and former Addicks keeper Bob Bolder will be attempting to replicate last year's success where, along with Carl Krauhaus, they secured more than £3,000 for the charity.
They are looking to earn the same total in this year's feat.
Bob said: "It's such a thrill to cycle through the streets of London and take in the beautiful scenery on the outskirts.
"This will be another test of character and we look forward to completing the challenge together."