Cyclists competing in Canary Wharf's first Royal Bank of Canada V Series will have an extra challenge to tackle this evening.

Its been a grim and dreary start to the day on the estate with rainfall forecast all afternoon.

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Hoardings and the race pit are now being set up in Canada Square Park in preparation for the action, which starts at 7pm.

Teams of corporates from firms including JP Morgan and Clifford Chance will tackle four, 1km laps in a bid for success - and bragging rights.

Though if you don't fancy braving the rain to watch them, here's five Wharf venues you can get in the cycling spirit while keeping dry.

1. The Pearson Room, Canada Place

Here you'll find fantastic views across Canada Square Park and the action in the warm up pits.

Pop in for a drink - there's special off The Aperitivo with 2 glasses of Aperol Spritz and a mini sharing board.

Price £15.

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2. Plateau, Canada Place

The view's pretty much the same as the above - yet you can find yourself tucking into some top notch French fare while you watch.

We love the scallop starter.

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3. Cafe Brera, Cabot Place

Switch to the other side of the estate for a proper Italian espresso and a view of the tail end of the race route.

Why not munch on a Larissa cookie as the cyclists zip by.

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4. Boisdale, Cabot Place

Toast to your colleagues competing in the cycle challenge at this bar, known for its whisky selection.

Then get the celebratory drinks in afterwards.

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5. Wahaca Bar

Get into the Mexican party spirit as the flurry of wheels and steel flash by below.

There's a superb view, and tequila. What more do you need for a Wharf Thursday?

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