Word travels fast - I was contacted by a listener in London who heard our latest Podcast about the upcoming Ride of Hope. She offers these suggestions for anyone traveling to London this summer 🙂

Whether you're still sporting rookie marks or consider yourself an experienced roadie, it's time to enter London's dazzling cycle event to be held the first weekend of August: The 2013 Prudential RideLondon. These spectacular cycling trials are expected to draw spectators and participants numbering in the tens of thousands from all over the world. London has so much to offer these cyclists and those who cheer them on. RideLondon provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy London's culture, history, arts, and entertainment. Visitors should consider looking into the abundance of shows, special offers, and meal deals available through theatretickets.co.uk.

Cyclists and spectators alike won't want to miss these four dramatic cycling events:

* RideLondon GrandPrix: Held in the heart of London on a 1.3-mile loop circling St. James's Park, this trial is designed to inspire women cyclists, young people, and hand-cyclists. In addition to supporting professional women's cycling and Paralympic racing, RideLondon will provide special activities for young cyclists to encourage cycling as a healthy life choice.

* RideLondon Freecycle: Envision 50,000 cyclists over an eight-mile route in central London from Tower Bridge to Buckingham Palace and Parliament. People of all ages are invited to participate in the Freecycle in order to prove that cycling is fun, healthy, and tremendous for the environment. Participants, solo or as a group, may register online for free at the Prudential RideLondon website and will receive a special participation tabard.

* RideLondon Surrey-100: A 100-mile fundraiser for charity, this ride offers a challenge to amateurs as it winds its way from the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, through the Surrey countryside, and back to the London Mall. Last chance to sign up, as 55,000 participants have already been accepted via ballot. Additional cyclists may enter through charity sponsorships. Amateurs need not fear bonking or getting cashed, as cyclists will be seeded along the route according to their abilities. A Business Relay is also scheduled for teams to compete over a 25-mile course. Charities are encouraging cyclists to commit to riding for their cause, including the British Red Cross, Hope for Children, Help the Hospices, World Wildlife Federation, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

* RideLondon Surrey Classic: Watch 150 international men's elite cyclists wind up through 12 London boroughs, into the County of Surrey, and back to the London Mall. This trial will commence at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London, scene of the London 2012 Games, and be broadcast on TV. The Classic is expected to establish a new annual event for Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

Designed to encourage more people to take up cycling, RideLondon wishes to promote the development of an environmentally-friendly cycle-hire program throughout the London area, in addition to raising money for charity.


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