Blazing saddles

THE ever-popular Prudential RideLondon series will take in Byfleet, West Byfleet, Ripley and Pyrford as it tears through Surrey on the weekend.

Close to 100,000 cyclists will compete in a number of races which start and conclude in London, and were devised to create a lasting legacy after the success of riders at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in the capital.

CYCLING HERO - Sir Bradley Wiggins will be topping the bill

CYCLING HERO – Sir Bradley Wiggins will be topping the bill

The RideLondon-Surrey 100 (on Sunday) will pit amateurs against the same course used for the Olympic Road Race three years ago, while the men’s Classic (also on Sunday) and the women’s Grand Prix (Saturday) puts the cream of the cycling crop from around the world back in the spotlight.

Already topping the bill are British cycling heroes Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and Laura Trott, as well as a host of international household names including Rohan Dennis and Philippe Gilbert.

CYCLING STAR - Laura Trott

CYCLING STAR – national treasure Laura Trott

“We are set for something very special,” said a proud Mick Bennett, Race Director of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.

“This is without doubt the best field ever assembled in the UK for a one-day Classic.

“It’s fantastic for British cycling fans to be able to watch the superstars of cycling race through this wonderful route in London and Surrey.”

Other events on Saturday  include the FreeCycle event, in which Londoners can whizz through the capital’s streets unimpeded with a host of roads set to be cordoned off.

More locally – and for those who would rather enjoy the action from their picnic blanket – a family fun day will be held at Pyrford Cricket Club in Coldharbour Road.

Visitors will be able to savour the sights and excitement of the races with live music, a big screen and refreshments.

 

DON’T GET HELD UP BY THE BIG DAY

ROAD closures – some permanent, others rolling – will be in force on the weekend to facilitate the tens of thousands of riders taking part in Sunday’s races. Here is your guide to the local blockades to ensure you aren’t caught in the wrong lane when the action unfolds.

  • Brooklands Road, Parvis Road, Oakcroft Road, Church Hill, Newark Lane, Rose Lane and Ripley Lane will be shut from 5am until 12.45pm to make way for the amateur riders in the RideLondon-Surrey 100.
  • Roads in Byfleet face rolling closures from 2.25pm as the pros take part in the Classic, while rolling delays in Ripley are expected at 2.40pm.
  • Pyford’s Coldharbour Road will be closed from 2.30pm until around 4pm for the Classic only.
  • Supplementary information regarding local access is available to download online from prudentialridelondon.co.uk/community-access.
  • Roads adjoining the event routes will have local access only for residents and businesses, with usual Sunday parking restrictions applied unless otherwise stated.
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