RideLondon’s Ride 100 became the Ride 86 this morning when organisers shortened the route due to forecast torrential rain and strong winds. The decision was made last night, although due to the early start for all the riders, most didn’t find out until it was announced on the start line.
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The Leith Hill loop was taken out, as was the section up Box Hill. It meant that the route only had one climb in it, up to Newlands Corner near Guildford. It turned out to be a good decision as when the torrential rain came it flooded sections of the course and made for difficult riding conditions.
22,400 people had signed on for the Ride 100 when sign-on closed at Excel on Saturday afternoon.
Bronzini in, win and out
After winning the Grand Prix on Saturday night Giorgia Bronzini flew straight out of London on Sunday morning to start the Route de France stage race. Her team mate Laura Trott stuck around to do the Ride 100 with her dad, as did world champion Marianne Vos who said it was her first big sportive. “We had quite a nice group and we rode well together.” Said Vos. “The criterium was amazing, for women’s cycling to show the world it’s beauty.”
60,000 take to their bike around central London
Saturday’s FreeCycle was a huge success as organisers estimated around 60,000 people rode on the 10 mile closed route throughout the course of the day. The incredible turn out saw the roads streaming with bikes from nine in the morning until four in the afternoon.
The route took riders from the Tower of London at it’s most easterly point, along the embankment to a circuit around St James’ Park and back again.
Getting married on the fly
One couple made more of the Ride 100 than the rest by getting married during the ride. Gary Watson and Lisa Russell got married in Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park. “We like to have fun, and this will certainly be a way to remember things.” Said Lisa.
639 people turned up on Saturday morning to set a new world record at Guildhall Yard. The record was for the biggest number of bike bells to ring in musical unison. A six minute, specially composed piece was played by splitting people in to four groups, distinguished by coloured t-shirts and the notes of their bells. Ever present Laura Trott was on hand to help.
Austria’s Walter Ablinger won the HandCycle Classic on Sunday morning, one year after winning the inaugural HandCycle event on The Mall. The Classic started in Kingston Upon Thames and raced back in to London to finish on The Mall. Ablinger covered the 15 mile course in 40 minutes to beat Britain’s Brian Alldis. Karen Darke won the women’s HandCycle event, beating Sandra Graf of Switzerland.