RideLondon in Putney next weekend
Published: Friday 26th July 13
Two major cycling events that will see more than 20,000 cyclists pass through Putney take place next Sunday (August 4).
The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, for up to 20,000 amateur and club riders, and the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, involving the top international professional men, will see cyclists pass through the area throughout the day.
The RideLondon festival of cycling, which takes place in the capital on August 3 and 4, is part of the post 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy and aims to give a major boost to the number of active cyclists in the UK, while attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to London and Surrey.
Sunday's two events will result in Wimbledon Park Side, Tibbet's Ride, Putney Hill, Putney High Street and Putney Bridge being closed from 7.30am - with road reopening expected to commence from about 7.15pm.
All of these roads form part of the inbound route for the cyclists taking part in the events, which start in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and run through London and Surrey before returning to the capital to finish along The Mall.
Organisers expect cyclists in the Surrey 100 to arrive in Wandsworth between 9.50am and 4.35pm, with the professionals in the Surrey Classic due to make an appearance between 5.45pm and 6.15pm.
There will be crossing points along the route for pedestrians and cyclists, while footways alongside closed roads will be open as normal to ensure that pedestrian access to properties and businesses isn't affected.
Drivers are being advised to avoid driving in areas around the route if possible - and those that do need to use the roads should plan ahead and allow more time for their journey. Parking along the route will be suspended throughout the day.
Some bus services will be diverted, temporarily suspended or terminate earlier than their usual destination as a result of the road closures - and there will be stops that are temporarily relocated or suspended.
Other significant nearby closures on the day include Richmond Park, which will be closed to vehicular traffic all day, Chiswick Bridge, the A4 westbound to the Hogarth Roundabout, Wimbledon town centre and Wimbledon Village.
The RideLondon cycling festival is aiming to become the largest annual mass participation cycling event in the world. The four events making up the two-day cycling festival are:
- The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday, August 4. Open to amateur and club riders, it attracted more than 55,000 registrants for about 20,000 places. Anyone unable to secure a place may still be able to take part through one of the many charities with guaranteed entries, or teams of four (men, women or mixed) from the same organisation can enter the Business Relay, where each team member will ride around 25 miles. Details of charity places and the Business Relay are on the Prudential RideLondon website.
- The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday, August 4. This race is for elite men's professional riders and follows a 140 mile route that includes the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 route plus three ascents of Leith Hill, the highest point in Surrey and even steeper than Box Hill.
- The Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix on Saturday, August 3, will feature the world's best women, junior and hand cyclists in action on a circuit in and around St James's Park.
- The Prudential RideLondon Freecycle on Saturday, August 3. This eight-mile mass participation ride is free to enter and open to cyclists of all ages and abilities.
Highlights of the weekend's action and live coverage of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic will be shown by the BBC.
For more information about the festival visit www.PrudentialRideLondon.co.uk.
The Prudential RideLondon festival is developed by the Mayor of London, London & Partners and Transport for London, in partnership with Surrey County Council.