If you are in and around Knightsbridge this weekend you may notice something going on. The Mayor of London's cycling extravaganza takes place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th August, and more than 50 pubs, cafes, restaurants, community centres and parks will join the festivities, but beware, as the road network will be shutdown almost for the weekend's entirety.
The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic are the two major events plus three others over the weekend, which will see thousands of amateur and professional riders compete in and around the capital. Here below is the full schedule:
Saturday 9 August
Event one: Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle offers the chance for all the family to enjoy a mass participation bike ride on a ten-mile traffic free route through central London. Cyclists of all abilities can take part stopping en route to enjoy the bike-based entertainment, Festival Zones and explore the City of London along the way. Approximate ride times: 09:00-16:00. The bikes will be available at the following docking stations between 09:00 to 16:00: Black Lion Gate, Kensington Hyde Park Corner The Guildhall, City of London Tower Gardens and Tower Hil.
Event two: Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix will showcase the stars of the future with a boys and girls youth race and superb opportunity to watch a professional woman's cycle race. Approximate ride times: 17:00-19:30
Sunday 10 August
Event Three: Prudential RideLondon Handcycle Classic is a brand new event where fifty top hand-cyclists will race from Kingston upon Thames to the finish line at The Mall. The race will include Paralympic medallists who will race over a fifteen mile route. Approximate ride times: 08:30-10:00
Event Four: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 sees thousands of amateur cyclists take on a cycling challenge starting at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then onto a 100-mile route through London to Surrey on closed roads. The event also includes a business relay with teams of four riders who will each ride 25 miles. Approximate ride times: 06:00-17:00
Event Five: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic involves 150 if the world's top men cyclists, racing on an extended closed route from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to Surrey. The route largely follows the London 2012 Olympic cycling road races. Approximate ride times: 13:00-18:00
Obviously all the above will have huge implications on all travel and road closures. The major road closures in this area are Knightsbridge, Brompton Road, Cromwell Road, Chelsea Embankment Kings Road and Cheyne Walk. Please visit TFLs website for full details.
Otherwise please enjoy this wonderful event, whether as a spectator or even a participant.