Golden girl Laura Trott has spoken of the “lasting legacy” of the Olympic cycling races as Surrey gears up for a festival of pedal power.
The Prudential RideLondon series takes place in August and includes events going through London and Surrey. A 100-mile ride for amateurs and a professional men’s race will be staged in the county following the success of the Olympic cycling events in Surrey last summer.
In the run-up to the two-day festival on 3-4 August, Surrey County Council is staging events in Woking and Reigate as part of efforts to encourage more people to embrace cycling through the council’s Travel SMART initiative, which aims to help cut congestion and stimulate economic growth.
Double Olympic Gold medallist and Prudential RideLondon ambassador Laura Trott said: “Being part of the Olympic Games on home turf is something I will never forget. Surrey certainly played a big part in its success, especially in the cycling.
“This event has already left a lasting legacy and I’m looking forward to seeing 20,000 inspired amateur cyclists tackle the 100 mile route across London and Surrey this summer, in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.”
Cabinet Member for Community Services Helyn Clack said: “Laura Trott has inspired a lot of people to get out on their bikes and our events aim to encourage even more to take up pedal power because the way we travel has a huge impact on our quality of life, the economy and the environment.
“Whether you’re new to cycling or seasoned in the saddle, our events will have something for everyone. Cycling should be a safe and fun activity and we’ll be spreading that message as part of our Travel SMART initiative.”
Events will be held in Woking Park on 9 June and Priory Park on 28 July. They will feature stunt demonstrations, expert advice on safety and maintenance and exhibits from cycling groups and shops. Guildford will also host an event on 18 August in Stoke Park, which attracted more than 1,000 people last year.
All three events are free but people who register their interest online at www.travelsmartsurrey.info will be entered into a free raffle to win a Specialized bike worth £750.