The weekend of Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 August will see the return of Prudential RideLondon to the streets of London and Surrey. Now in its third year the eclectic mix of cycling events makes Prudential RideLondon, according to its organisers, the world’s greatest festival of cycling.
The event has grown year-on-year and this summer 95,000 people are expected to take part in the five main events over the first weekend in August.
Sunday 2 August will attract 25,000 amateur cyclists to the streets of the Royal Borough for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. Many of these riders will be pedalling for good causes and hoping to beat the impressive sum of £10m raised for charity last year. They will be joined, on the same day, but with a later start, by elite riders taking part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, a testing race for professional cyclists.
The route through Kensington and Chelsea will be the same as last year for both the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.
Both groups of riders will enter the borough at Knightsbridge and then head, via Brompton Road, to the A4 Cromwell Road where they will head westwards to Hammersmith. They will return later in the day via King’s Road, Ashburnham Road, Cremorne Road, Cheyne Walk and Chelsea Embankment.
To enable the event to pass safely there will be significant road closures across London and in Surrey. It is expected that roads will close from 5am on Sunday 2 August on the outbound route with an estimated reopening time of 3pm. Closures on the return route will begin from 7am and it is hoped to be able to reopen roads by about 8pm.
Inevitably, with such major road closures there will be disruption to road traffic which will have a knock-on effect on public transport. Residents are advised to note the date and timings and plan ahead to minimise disruption.
At this stage all the timings and route details are subject to change and further information can be found at www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk
Councillor Tim Coleridge, Cabinet Member for Transportation, said: “The date of Prudential RideLondon is certainly one residents need to put in their diary. It’s quite a spectacle and a real challenge to riders, both professional and amateur. However, the road closures can also be a challenge for our residents and for the Council.
“The best way to minimise disruption is to plan ahead and make sure that a trip to the airport or an important appointment is not missed because of the road closures.”