VIDEO: Route for RideLondon cycling festival is revealed

17:19 07 February 2013

Boris Johnson and Laura Trott at the launch of RideLondon

Boris Johnson and Laura Trott at the launch of RideLondon

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London will come to a standstill for one weekend this summer for the largest cycling festival to ever be held in the country.

The 100mile route takes in London's cityscape and the Surrey countrysideThe 100mile route takes in London's cityscape and the Surrey countryside

The Prudential RideLondon event will feature more than 70,000 cyclists on a 100mile route taking starting at the Olympic Park in Stratford and taking in central London and Surrey before ending up at The Mall. Roads on the route will be closed to motorists.

The likes of Laura Trott, Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will take part in the classic and grand prix events.

Keen amateur cyclists have also signed up for the event on August 3 and 4, which aims to build on the legacy of Team GB’s successful London 2012 cyclists.

The route was revealed for the first time today by London Mayor Boris Johnson, who indicated that he might take part himself.

He said: “I don’t think there has been a year for cycling in London quite like 2012.

“The question for us was could we think of a way to take cycling forward and we think that this Ride London - Surrey 100 is going to fit the bill.

“It will be a truly fantastic event (and) it will be the equivalent in cycling of the London Marathon.”

The event will be sponsored by Prudential, although organisers declined to reveal the total cost of staging it.

More than 55,000 people registered to take part, and will find out the results of their application from today, Five thousand places are open to those running in aid of a charity.

Double Olympic Gold medallist and RideLondon ambassador Laura Trott told London 24: “For me it’s about getting as many people out on their bikes as possible and inspiring the next generation.

“To turn an event around in six months which is so big and so close to so many London roads - this is just the start of the Olympic legacy.”

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