Get set for cycle race
Published: Friday 29th July 11
A Cycle to Putney Day is being held to entertain spectators of the London-Surrey Cycle Classic on August 14, 2011.
The race is a full-scale dress rehearsal for next year's Olympic cycle races, and features more than 140 riders, including most of the Tour de France teams. Riders will cycle from the Mall to Box Hill and back again, passing through Putney at 9.10am and again at noon.
It is being run by the London Olympic Games organising committee LOCOG.
The council and the Putney Partnership have jointly organised a day of fun activities to help spectators and local people enjoy the event.
Highlights in Lacy Road will include:
- Steel band
- Bouncy castle, face painting and balloons courtesy of Eddie Catz
- 'Dr Bike' bike clinic and advice from Putney Cycles and Wandsworth Council
- Cycling physiotherapy sessions and biometric advice from Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy
- Free soft drinks and children's French word games from Chez Stefan
- Goodie bags and free coffee sample promotions by Whisk
- BBQ and live music at the Coat & Badge
St Mary's church next to Putney Bridge will host a BBQ and live music by the 'Cafe Racers'.
Visitors can also enjoy Putney's range of cafes, restaurants, bars and shops.
Thousands of cycling fans are expected to come to Putney to watch the race and visitors are recommended to walk or cycle if possible.
People cycling to the town are recommended to bring their own cycle locks to lock bikes securely. Suggested locations include the extensive railings on Putney Embankment, the railings on the raised section of Walkers Place and on-street hoops in the Upper Richmond Road and elsewhere. Please do not lock your bikes to the race barriers.
Mainline trains and District Line services from Earls Court to Wimbledon are running normally but bus services will be disrupted and those coming from the south will typically terminate at the Green Man on Putney Heath, a ten minute walk to the town centre.
Circle Line trains are suspended for maintenance work, as are District Line trains from Edgware Road to Earls Court , and Hammersmith & City Line trains from Baker Street to Hammersmith.
For more information about Cycle to Putney Day, visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/putney
For more information about the race, including maps, spectator information and the likely effect on roads, parking and transport, visit www.tfl.gov.uk/testevent.