Street party as cycling festival comes through town
Wimbledon residents will line the streets of the town again this summer to watch the thousands of cyclists taking part in the Prudential RideLondon cycle ride as it passes through SW19 on Sunday July 31.
The peloton will pass through Wimbledon town centre on the return leg from the Surrey Hills, after cyclists have already travelled from the Olympic Park, out to Surrey before heading back to the finish line at the Mall via Raynes Park.
The last incline of the race is up Wimbledon Hill towards Wimbledon Common. The amateur cycle ride will be swiftly followed by the professional men's race on the same day.
Love Wimbledon will be cheering them along and celebrating with a street party on Wimbledon Hill Road. With help from surrounding businesses, there will be fun activities including live music to face painting, street entertainers to street food.
Sunday's event involve more than 26,000 riders taking part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 – many cycling in aid of charity – as well as an afternoon race for the world's top professional male riders, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.
Cyclists are expected to begin arriving in Wimbledon at 11.30am, with the bulk of amateur cyclists coming through between 12.30am – 1.30pm. Celebrity cyclists taking part include Dame Kelly Holmes and ex-F1 star Mark Webber.
Dame Kelly won’t be the only Olympic gold medallist taking part at Prudential RideLondon, with two champion rowers on the Start Line of the 100.
Mark Hunter won a gold in the lightweight double sculls in Beijing in 2008 and then a silver four years later in London, while Tim Foster was part of the gold medal-winning coxless fours crew in Sydney 2000. Mark is riding for SportsAid and Tim for Sparks.
Other distinguished sportsmen riding the 100 include England’s World Cup winning rugby captain Martin Johnson and former England cricket captain Allan Lamb.
The professional cyclists will come through Wimbledon between 5.15pm – 5.30pm.
There will be a street party in the town centre from 11am – 5pm, and this year Love Wimbledon have organised a special BMX Track as part of the fun. Why not give BMX riding a go and relax afterwards with a complimentary hand and shoulder massage from Gina Conway Salon and Spa?
July 7, 2016