World's best cyclists returns to Elmbridge

They're back: And bringing much excitement with them

They're back: And bringing much excitement with them

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

Elmbridge will see the Olympic legacy live on this summer, when RideLondon – Surrey passes through the borough.

The London – Surrey 100 and London – Surrey Classic will pass through several locations in the borough, with about 150 of the world’s top cyclists and their teams due to take part on the Classic race.

The route will be a variation of the London 2012 Olympic road race route and will pass through Walton, Weybridge, Cobham, Esher and Hampton Court.

Dominic Raab, MP for Esher and Walton, said: “It is fantastic that our cycling success at the London Games have inspired and motivated people to take part in this terrific event.

“We need to encourage as many people as possible taking part in local sporting events, whether at a competitive level or just for fun.”

David Hodge, leader of Surrey County Council, said: “Both Box Hill and Big Ben will show off the very best of Britain when Surrey’s picture-perfect countryside contrasts with London's famous cityscape during the 100-mile event.”

Laura Trott, double Olympic gold medallist and Prudential RideLondon ambassador, said: “It’s exciting to think that in less than six months’ time Prudential RideLondon will have started and the streets of London and Surrey will be filled with more than 70,000 cyclists taking part in the two-day festival.

“Prudential RideLondon has something for everyone and I hope it encourages more people to get on their bikes and start cycling.”

Festival activities involving schools and communities will be planned along the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic route, in keeping with scenes witnessed at the 2007 Tour de France Grand Depart and the London 2012 Olympic races.

Both races will start at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday, August 4, and finish in The Mall.

The classic race will begin at 12.30pm and the 100 race will see riders starting in waves between 6am and 8am. Both races will pass through 12 London boroughs and Surrey.

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