Street party as annual 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 sixth Prudential RideLondon cycle ride as it passes through SW19 on Sunday July 29.
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 rides will be followed by the professional men's race on the same day.
The event involves riders taking part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, and the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 – 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, which extends to 200kms.
This year features a new 19-mile event, starting in Sandown Park in Surrey and then taking in the final 19 miles of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 route, going through south west London into Wimbledon, over Putney Bridge and into the centre of the capital to the spectacular finish on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. This new RideLondon-Surrey 19 event is open to riders aged 12 upwards.
Love Wimbledon will be cheering them along and celebrating with a street party on Wimbledon Hill Road featuring face-painting, balloon modelling, live music, tasty treats and deck chairs for relaxing.
The amateur riders will start coming through Wimbledon town centre from 9.15am, and the professionals around 5.45pm. The race is live on BBC1 from 3.30pm-6.30pm.
A number of key roads in Wimbledon will be closed for 12 hours from 7.30am-7.30pm.
Albert, Battersea, Chelsea, Chiswick and Kingston Bridges will all be closed for most of the day while Wandsworth Bridge will be closed with access for residents only from 7am to around 7.30pm. Only northbound traffic will be able to use Putney Bridge and the only access onto the bridge will be from the Lower Richmond Road.
The A3 will be open, although the exit slip roads at Esher Common, Coombe Lane and Tibbet’s Corner will be closed.
July 4, 2018