Here we take a look at some of the thousands of tweets and photos posted over the weekend from RideLondon. Saturday saw 70,000 people take part in the closed road loop around Central London in the FreeCycle. A large number of the participants were families with young children, making the most of the one day a year that it’s safe for youngsters to go near London’s roads on two wheels.
Later that afternoon, some of the world’s top professional women hit the course for the Grand Prix, which saw an Italian winner for the second year running.
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The second day of the bumper weekend saw more than 25,000 amateur cyclists gather in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the Ride100 sportive. Off in the early waves were those looking to make the most of the closed road circuit by treating it as a race, imagining themselves as pros for the day.
The rest of the field was made up of a variety of riders, with a huge number of people raising money for charity and others pushing themselves well out of their comfort zone to cover the distance.
Organiser thanks riders after big crash at the bell in the Women’s Grand Prix
When a crash occurred on the finish line of the penultimate map, it looks as though the women’s Grand Prix might have to be neutralised. However, thanks to the fast reaction of the riders involved, the line was cleared and the race finished in a bunch sprint, won by Barbara Guarischi (Velocio-SRAM). Race organiser Guy Elliott took to Twitter to show his appreciation.
Ben Swift made his return to racing
Ben Swift lined up in his first race after crashing out of the Tour de Yorkshire in May, and took a hard fought third place on The Mall. The race had an exciting final last third as breaks went and were caught, and the peloton split apart as the pace went up.
Martin Johnson knows how to prepare for a big ride
The Rugby World Cup winning captain is more likely to be seen on two wheels these days, and he’s seemingly learnt great ways to fuel his cycling endeavours.
It might not be the nutritional advice we would give, but it definitely worked for him.
Did they do the whole route?!
Imagine riding 100 miles through Surrey. Then imagine it again, but on this contraption with someone who looks like you telling you to pedal harder. These two probably didn’t do the sportive, but just added some character to proceedings.
Not very aero
How much drag must that cape be causing? Top effort though, and probably for a charitable cause in that outfit.
UKIP deputy chairman Suzanne Evans confuses her road tax and her vehicle exise duty.
Unsurprisingly, many of her followers responded supporting her misinformed views.
Thankfully not everyone was moaning, some people were even helping
Great community spirit was on show elsewhere when the residents of Wotton, which comes between Leith Hill and Box Hill, were on hand to help the thirsty riders.
Several punctures? Jenni needs better tyres
Television and radio presenter Jenni Falconer was one of the celebrities taking on the ride, but she suffered a number of flats including two in the first ten miles. Jenni, have a look here for some better tyres.
People like turning the sportive into their own little race
The race came later in the day, when a field including Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish followed a 200km route around a lot of the same roads as the sportive. But never mind that, many riders took the chance to test themselves on the closed roads, and here we see the ‘winner’.
… and there were plenty of finisher photos
There was an abundance of understandably pleased finishers, and many of them took to social media to show off their medals.
Well done Adam, wherever you and your medal are now (work probably).
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