Ride like the wind – Prudential Ride London

HUNDREDS of people clapped, waved and cheered as waves of cyclists passed through villages to the east of Woking borough during the Prudential Ride London events on Sunday.

More than 25,000 sponsored riders were on a route which took them through Byfleet, West Byfleet and Pyrford and on to Ripley en route for Surrey Hills. Our second photograph shows the peleton of professional riders passing through Byfleet.

AMATEUR and professional cyclists saddled up on Sunday for the Prudential Ride London cycling events.

The peleton at Byfleet

More than 25,000 riders took to the roads and were cheered on by thousands of spectators who lined the route.

Cyclists rode from Weybridge, through Byfleet, West Byfleet and Pyrford and on into Ripley en route for the capital and a grandstand finish along The Mall.

Local roads to be closed for the event included Brooklands Road, Parvis Road, Old Woking Road, Oakcroft Road and Upshot Lane and roads connecting them.

It gave organisers time to install safety barriers, make safety checks and allow stewards and volunteers to get into place.

New safety measures adopted by organisers allowed for a relatively incident-free event after riders were forced to stop for around two hours last years when an entrant crashed into a tree.

Cyclist Alexander Kristoff, 30,  won the professional race after a thrilling sprint finish

London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner Will Norman described the event as “the greatest cycling festival in the world”.

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