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Surrey joins forces with Boris to host Olympic cycling legacy event

Team GB’s Lizzie Armitstead races through the streets of Surrey during the Olympic Games.

Surrey County Council has teamed up with Mayor of London Boris Johnson to launch plans for a new annual cycling event next summer, aimed at cementing the country’s excitement for the sport.

With the medal haul of Team GB’s cyclists fresh in everyone’s memory, Surrey’s leader David Hodge joined up with London’s mayor to reveal plans for a 100-mile cycling road race through the capital and Surrey on Sunday 4 August 2013.

The event will see 35,000 elite, club and amateur cyclists tackle a route based on the one used for the Olympic cycle races.

Speaking at the London launch today (Friday 10 August 2012), David Hodge said: “I am delighted we can work with the Mayor of London to give the nation’s new-found enthusiasm for cycling a lasting legacy.

“Having made such a success of the Olympic cycle races we now have the springboard we need to find the next Bradley Wiggins or Lizzie Armitstead.”

The event will be part of the new RideLondon weekend-long cycling festival, aimed at being the largest fund-raising cycle race in the world. Organisers are intent on making it cycling’s answer to the London Marathon, which saw participants raise a staggering £51.8 million for good causes last year.

Boris Johnson said there was a need to capitalise on the “incredible achievements of Team GB’s Olympic cyclist”, adding: “Our challenge is to ensure that 2012 is just the start, not the end of the benefits of hosting the Games.”

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Media requiring more information should contact James Oxley in the Surrey County Council media team on 020 8541 7259 or at james.oxley@surreycc.gov.uk

Notes to editors:

To see a copy of the Greater London Authority’s press release on RideLondon and to register for the event click here.

Visit www.ridelondon.co.uk to register for the cycling events.

While the Mayor of London and his agencies will be the custodians of RideLondon, the event will be managed by the London & Surrey Cycling Partnership (LSCP), a partnership between The London Marathon Limited (owners & operators of the London Marathon since 1981) and SweetSpot Group Limited (operators of The Tour of Britain).

With LSCP, Transport for London (TfL) and London & Partners (the Mayor’s official promotional organisation) will coordinate the significant technical requirements for the event and work in partnership with London Boroughs, Surrey County Council, The Royal Parks, London Legacy Development Corporation and British Cycling, who will each be integral to the delivery of the event.

 

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