If you don’t like cycling then you’re best off avoiding London at the weekend. Bike riders will be completely taking over the capital with closed roads for the Prostate Cancer Charity Tour Ride and the final stage of the Tour of Britain followed by the Mayor of London’s all-day Skyride on Sunday.
There’s been no shortage of city centre cycling in recent years, but this two-day closure for a series of events is further proof of London’s newfound love of the bicycle. It’ll be more the case of when the streets will be open to cars, rather than when they will be closed for cycling.
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Five hundred riders are expected for the Prostate Cancer Charity ride between Westminster and Tower Bridge from 10am on Saturday, followed four hours later by the conclusion of the Tour of Britain on the same 10-kilometre circuit.
Sunday’s Skyride could go into the record books as the UK’s biggest bike ride. Last year some 50,000 turned up, but with good weather, increased event advertising and simply more people riding, we could be talking about doubling that figure. A longer, 15km circuit between Buckingham Palace Gardens and Tower Hill will be closed to traffic for six hours from 10am.
It’s going to be a fantastic weekend for bike riders, but not quite so good for the capital’s motorists.
Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly