Mayor of London Boris Johnson today launched London's Olympic Cycling legacy event, which will end Great Britain's long overdue wait for a top-level
The new weekend of cycling, called Ride London, will be run by Tour of Britain organiser SweetSpot and the London Marathon. It is scheduled to take place for the first time next August (2013), with the weekend of August 3-4 earmarked as the provisional dates for the inaugural edition.
Stratford's Olympic Park will host a family fun ride on day one of the festival (Saturday, August 3), and will be the start of a closed-roads sportive, elite criterium and professional road race on Sunday, August 4.
Riders in the sportive and road race will head into central London, before heading towards Surrey in a route that largely replicates that of the Olympic road races. Both events are currently scheduled to finish on The Mall.
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) ranking for the pro race has yet to be announced.
The Grand Prix criterium uses a closed roads circuit around St James's Park and takes place before the end of the sportive.
It is hoped the 100,000 people will take part in the fun ride or sportive, and it is expected that there will be live television coverage of the pro race - to be confirmed.
Plans for the two-day festival of cycling were first unveiled in January, and a shortlist of six potential delivery partners - including Tour de France organiser ASO - were announced in March.
Ride London 2013 schedule
Saturday, August 3 2013
Freecycle, family ride
Sunday, August 4 2013
Grand Prix criterium
Ride London 100 sportive
Ride London Classic
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Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.
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