This weekend the streets of London will be teeming with lyrca clad cyclists perched on their speedy road bikes or strolling around drinking beetroot shots with their padded bottoms. If you’re not into cycling we’d advise you take a day trip out of the city, but if you’re ready and raring to get involved then take a look at our guide to some of the great things to do at Prudential Ride London.
Freecycle and Bell Orchestra
If you’re one of the many cyclists who tried to get a place at Ride London but missed out, fear not, you’ve can still go for a ride along London’s rare traffic-free roads. The Prudential Ride London Freecycle invites everyone and anyone to join a mass 10-mile cycle around a traffic-free route in London’s city centre. Riders can join at any point along the route, explore off the main route and stop off for some mini festival vibes at various music stops.
It kicked off at 9am today (August 9) with an attempt to seek out 600 cyclists willing to join a Bike Bell Orchestra and set a new Guinness World Record for the world’s biggest bike bell ensemble. As you may have guessed, this event isn’t competitive, so you can leave your energy gels at home.
Free, Saturday August 9, various starting points.
Whether you’re cycling or spectating, get excited for Sunday’s 100 mile cycle by cheering on a series of races taking place in St James’s Park the evening before. This is a great chance to catch a glimpse of the world’s best before checking out the Olympic cyclists of the future at the two youth races. Prepare to be inspired!
Free, Saturday August 9.
Find a good spot to watch 30 of the world’s top handcyclists complete a 15 mile route racing from Kingston upon Thames ancient market place to central London.
Free, Sunday August 10.
If all else fails, wander around the numerous stalls, gather up a few freebies and save your cycling for next weekend when Boris Bikes are FREE! That’s right people, Boris Bikes will be free to hire next weekend on August 16 and 17 too celebrate Barclays Cycle Hire’s fourth anniversary.
Now you’ve got the cycle bug, take a look at our A-Z guide to cycling in London.