First Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 a hit with cyclists

The peloton

The peloton - Credit: Photo by www.andynewboldphotogra

From Big Ben to Box Hill, the first Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 proved a huge success.

Boris Johnson cycles through Leatherhead

Boris Johnson cycles through Leatherhead - Credit: Photo by www.andynewboldphotogra

Taking its cue from the London Marathon, nearly 16,000 amateur cyclists swept through Richmond, Weybridge, Ripley, Leith Hill and more on their 100-mile challenge through London and Surrey.

“It was wonderful to see cyclists both young and old conquering climbs and winding their way through Surrey’s beautiful countryside while being urged on by many thousands of people lining the road,” said Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge.

“Now we’re looking forward to welcoming the event again next year to inspire even more people to get on their bikes and further cement Surrey’s reputation as a world-class place to ride.”

With the amateurs off the roads, Frenchman Arnaud Demare brought the weekend to a dramatic and emotional conclusion in front of huge crowds on The Mall, winning the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic men’s road race with a brilliant sprint finish in memory of his recently deceased coach.

The ballot for next year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, which is set to take place on Saturday August 9 and Sunday August 10, can be found at www.PrudentialRideLondon.co.uk.

• Next up, stage 7 of the Tour of Britain will see the world’s best cyclists setting of from Epsom Downs racecourse on Saturday September 21 and tackling the Surrey countryside on the way to the final destination of Guildford High Street. For more information, visit tourofbritain.co.uk

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