Showing posts with label RideLondon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label RideLondon. Show all posts

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Major Community Cycling Event in London and Surrey

Over the weekend we had lots of rain from the remnants of hurricane Bertha.  Nevertheless the RideLondon cycling event went ahead, and despite the sogginess over parts of Sunday afternoon, the day was undoubtedly a great success.



Altogether around 60,000 cyclists competed over the two days along roads which had been specially closed in London and the neighbouring county of Surrey.

The climax to the weekend was the finish over the 86-mile route of Adam Blythe who is the national circuit race champion.  Sir Bradley Wiggins also took part, although unfortunately his finish was a bit further back.  Nevertheless it was great to see him competing again.

The event director, Hugh Brasher, declared the festival to be "a fabulous celebration of cycling".  An indication of its success is that this year, despite the stormy wet weather, 25% more people finished than in 2013.  This makes it surely one of the most important sporting events in the world, particularly in terms of numbers of people actually participating.

Boris Johnson went so far as to assert that RideLondon "has cemented its status as the world's premier mass-participation cycling event".  He was so positive that "for all the families and kids who've hopped on to the saddle, to the elite athletes and enthusiastic amateurs who've battled through driving rain, it's been a fantastic advert for cycling and for our city".

It would be interesting to know the number of people from outside the UK who make a special trip to London for this event, just as they do for the Triathlon which was staged recently in East London.  One more feather in the cap of (sporting) London?  I think so!