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Mountain bike superstars to inspire riders at Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 19

Two members of one of Britain’s most successful sporting families will be riding the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 19 on Sunday 29 July hoping to inspire a whole new generation of riders.

Siblings Rachel and Gee Atherton are two of the best downhill mountain bike racers of their generation.

Rachel is a five-time world champion, five-time World Cup champion and 10-time British champion. She has also won two European titles and went two years unbeaten between June 2015 and June 2017. That streak included both the 2015 and 2016 world championships and 14 consecutive World Cups.

Older brother Gee is a double world champion and a nine times World Cup winner.

The pair are taking time out from their dare-devil downhill racing exploits to join the more relaxed Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 19 where they will join thousands of new and inexperienced cyclists who are getting into the sport for the first time.

The new 19-mile event starts in Sandown Park in Surrey and then takes in the final 19 miles of the famous Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 route, going through south west London, over Putney Bridge and into the centre of the capital to the spectacular finish on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.

The event is open to riders aged 12 upwards and Rachel Atherton (pictured above) hopes that some of the young riders, as well as the newer cyclists taking part, will be inspired by the event and continue to make cycling a big part of their lives.

Rachel said: “The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 19 is a fantastic idea because it gives new and inexperienced cyclists, of all ages, the chance to experience an amazing event.

“I love the idea of so many people being inspired to get on a bike and I’m convinced that once they’ve tried it they’ll be hooked! Riding along 19 miles of traffic-free roads into the heart of London and then finishing on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace is going to be amazing!“

The ballot for general entries for Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 19 is now open. Adults taking part in the event, riding with or without a child (12 to 15) are required to pay an entry fee of £29. There are an additional 600 discounted entries at £10.00 reserved exclusively for community groups in the host boroughs of Elmbridge (Surrey) and the London Boroughs of Kingston, Merton, Wandsworth, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.

Young riders aged between 12 and 15 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult who is 18 years or over, and must be able to demonstrate their cycling competence. This can be shown during registration by completing Level 2 of the Bikeability programme or by being a member of a British Cycling Club.

To enter the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 19 ballot, click here . The ballot will close at 17:00 on Wednesday 4 July, 2018