Cyclists of all ages and shapes will be out and about this weekend enjoying all that the Prudential RideLondon 2013 festival has to offer. Cyclists will descend on London for cycling events for beginners, racing enthusiasts and just about anyone who’s been known to have a great time on two wheels.
Consisting of four main cycling events, RideLondon 2013 offers much more than standing on the sidelines watching the wind whip through other cyclists’ hair. Not sure where to start this weekend? No worries because London Cyclists has you covered!
RideLondon Festival and Cycling Show
If you love all things bicycle related then head on over to ExCel London for the RideLondon Cycling Show. Enjoy free admission from 1 August to 3 August to check out all types of cycling stalls, charities and bicycle manufacturers. Interact with pro riders and check out the cycling themed entertainment on offer. And of course, memorialize your week at RideLondon with souvenirs and cycle gear.
The RideLondon Festival is what makes this cycling event fun for the whole family. It’s cheap—as in FREE—and there’s much on offer the entire weekend including challenges for young cyclists (ages 2 to 5), bike polo matches, pedal power smoothies, pedal cars for the young cyclists, a bike decoration station (aptly called Pimp My Bike) and even an on-stage DJ.
Enjoy the festival on one or both days at Green Park, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park or St. Paul’s Churchyard.
Saturday FreeCycle (3 August)
Kick off this cycle-centric weekend with the RideLondon FreeCycle, a family friendly bike tour throughout the capital. Grab the kiddies and enjoy 50,000 other enthusiastic cyclists for an 8-mile ride around some of the most iconic landmarks London has to offer including St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and Tower Hill.
The ride kicks off at 9am but you can start and finish the FreeCycle at any point in the ride, enjoying the various Festival Zones so you can ride at your own pace.
Once you’ve sufficiently tired yourself out, take a load off and watch some of the most popular names in cycling at the RideLondon Grand Prix. The race kicks off at 17:00 so you’ll have plenty of time to make your way over to The Mall for the start of the race or watch cyclists like Laura Trott and Elinor Barker pedal around Birdcage Walk and Horse Guards before crossing the finish line on The Mall.
The Grand Prix isn’t just for established Olympians either: take the kids to watch future Olympians in a series of junior cycling events and enjoy the excitement of hand-cycle racing with celebrated Paralympians.
Sunday RideLondon-Surrey (4 August)
Watch or participate as more than 20,000 cyclists, including London Mayor Boris Johnson, take part in the RideLondon-Surrey 100 challenge. This 100-mile charity ride starts at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park early Sunday morning and travels through popular London landmarks and in to the Surrey Hills before heading back to London for a fantastic finish in front of Buckingham Palace.
If you haven’t signed on to ride, see about sponsoring a cyclist, after all this is for charity.
End the weekend on a high note with the RideLondon Classic. You’ve already seen the best female cyclists in the Grand Prix so now cheer on the 140-mile men’s race. Some riders you can glimpse as they zoom by include Ben Swift, David Millar, Ian Bibby and Peter Sagan and the rest of the Cannondale team. This exciting race shoots off inside Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before looping around Leith Hill (3 times!) around Trafalgar Square, all before racing to finish on The Mall.
Watching The Action
Whether you choose to show up to see the big name cyclists race or you want to make a whole weekend of it, RideLondon 2013 offers enough fun and adventure for the entire family. Strategic road closures will make getting around the city a nightmare for those not in attendance, but it will make the weekend a safe place for cyclists of all ages and experience levels.
The best part, aside from all of the cycling, is that this event is totally free so you can splurge on cycling gear, RideLondon souvenirs, bike repairs kits and anything else that catches your fancy.
The fun starts today and will last all weekend, so grab your spectator’s guide to find the best place to watch your favorite riders compete.