If Team GB had you gripped last year, grab your handlebars and join in with RideLondon’s Olympic-inspired velo-fest happening across town this weekend (August 3-4). Take in the city from your saddle as you cycle through the closed roads past London’s iconic landmarks on RideLondon’s eight mile family FreeCycle fun ride, or watch the world’s pros compete in the Grand Prix and the London-Surrey Classic (which starts from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and dashes to a finishing line in front of Buckingham Palace). A number of Olympians will be taking part, plus there’ll be festival fun in Green Park and St Paul’s Churchyard, and a special Cycling Show at the ExCel Centre, Royal Victoria Dock, boasting cycling stalls, talks with top riders, and a cornucopia of cycling-themed entertainment. Head down for a wheelie good time (sorry, we couldn’t help it!).
The FreeCycle route includes Thames-side stretches along the Victoria Embankment and Upper Thames Street, stints on The Mall (past Buckingham Palace) and along New Change (past St Pauls), reaching as far East as Tower Hill (for the Tower of London). Find out more about RideLondon.
If you don’t fancy trying your tyres on the tarmac, the Greenlight Foundation is running a Tree-Cycle around Mile End Park to support communities in the Amazon rainforest. With a ‘jungle’ fancy dress theme, prizes to be won, a raffle for fundraisers and all human powered wheels welcome (bikes, trikes, unicycles, wheelchairs and anything else you can imagine), we predict a fair amount of monkeying around. There’ll also be floating music acts and a cocktail bar on canal barges at the finish line for a well-deserved drink.