Where to watch Prudential RideLondon
30 Jul 2013, 3:59 p.m.
Spectators are expected to turn out in their thousands on Sunday to cheer on the riders in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and Classic, two of the events in the Mayor of London’s new cycling festival that takes place this weekend.
Kingston Upon Thames will be the only place along the route to see the cyclists four times as around 20,000 amateur cyclists participating in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and 150 of the world’s top pro men in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic will pass through the borough on their way out into the Surrey Hills and back again as they return to finish in central London.
Kingston Town Centre will come alive with bike-related events, family entertainment and activities, including an urban and vintage bike fair, Rollapaluza (a unique cycle sport), cycle club stalls, live music and visiting markets. Kingston has also launched a special Visitor Guide for the weekend featuring money-off vouchers for local restaurants and cafes.
The first rider in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 is expected at Kingston Bridge at 07:00 with the peak flow of riders between 07:30-09:30 as around 20,000 riders pedal out into the beautiful country roads and leg-testing Surrey Hills. The first rider back on the way to the finish on The Mall is expected to ride down Kingston High Street at 09:30 with the last rider scheduled for 15:45.
The peloton for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, the race for pro men, is scheduled to race across Kingston Bridge at approximately 13:30 and return from the depths of Surrey down Kingston High Street shortly after 17:10.
Councillor Simon James, Kingston Council’s Lead Member for Sport and Olympic Legacy, who will be taking part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 himself, said: “Twelve months ago, Kingston was a landmark location for the fantastic Olympic Cycle Road Race events. We now look forward to welcoming the cyclists, their friends, families and visitors to our historic town for another unforgettable day.
“There are so many reasons to make Kingston your base for enjoying the event: riverside dining, arts and heritage and some of the best shopping in the country; not to mention the fact that we are the only place along the entire route that will see the cyclists on both their outbound and inbound journeys.”
Wimbledon is getting behind the event too with a street party organised by Love Wimbledon on Wimbledon Hill Road beginning at 12 noon. The party features performances by Bicycle Ballet and the Nostalgia Steel Band orchestra and plenty more bicycle-themed fun.
Other recommended viewing points along the route are Dorking, Leatherhead, Parsons Green, Sheen, Putney, Raynes Park, Surbiton, Hampton Court, Walton-on-Thames, Weybridge, Abinger Hammer, Cobham and Esher.
The Prudential RideLondon Festival, a free community event in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, is open from 11:00 on Sunday 4 August, offering a huge range of bike-based activities and entertainment for all the family in the build-up to the start of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic at 12:45 and a big screen to watch the race after the depart.