Festival Fun in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
5 Jul 2013, 3:51 p.m.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be throwing its gates open to more than 20,000 cyclists on Sunday 4 August. At first light, participants in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 will head out of the park. A little later in the morning, why not come along to the Prudential RideLondon Festival to enjoy the free community event taking place in the park?
As well as an exciting variety of free festival activities, starting at 11:00, you will have the opportunity to meet and wave off the pro cyclists as they set out to race the inaugural Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic at 12:45 from The North West Lawns.
The race will be shown on a big screen in the gardens so you will be able to follow the pro cyclists’ progress, have a go at some great bike-based activities and choose from a variety of refreshments so you can really make a day of it.
If your bike needs some TLC, bring it along to the Bike Doctor, who will be able to sort out problems like squeaky brakes, wobbly wheels or even a bell that won’t ring.
If your bike’s in fine working order, then why not take the opportunity to ‘bling your bike’ – all kinds of eye-catching accessories will be available to help you turn your bike from an everyday ride into a magnificent masterpiece.
Team Extreme will put on live shows with BMX bikes accompanied by a rousing commentary and music. You’ll be amazed as the riders perform all sorts of crazy technical moves… and then they give you the opportunity to have a go yourself!
Wandering entertainers on bikes (of course) will keep you amused throughout the day. We’ll have jugglers on bikes, bands on bikes, clowns on bikes, plate spinning on bikes – if it can be done on bikes, it will be done on bikes!
You will also be able to have a go at Bike Polo – like on horses but, you guessed it, on bikes. And there will be the opportunity to try out lots of different types of bikes including handcycles and horizontal posture cycles.
For the children there will be a whole heap of giant games to play like Jenga and Connect Four, plus the opportunity to try out balance bikes and perhaps take the first tentative pedal on a grown-up bike without stabilisers.
The Prudential RideLondon Festival will open on Sunday 4 August at 11:00 and close at 16:00 to give cycling fans enough time to travel back into central London to cheer in the participants in both the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.