More than 25,000 cyclists will take part in this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 event, hours before some of the world’s best riders compete in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.
Famous faces riding the mass participation event include X Factor winner Sam Bailey and sports stars Jonathan Edwards, Darren Gough and Sally Gunnell, while competitors lining up for the elite race include Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.
Spectators will be able to enjoy the action and cheer on friends or family along the route, with ‘where to watch’ suggestions here.
On the eve of this year’s events, community groups welcomed grants for grassroots projects thanks to Surrey’s involvement in RideLondon.
Grant winners described how their local areas have benefited from the proceeds of the cycling festival, first staged in 2013.
Recreational projects in Surrey have received hundreds of thousands of pounds from the London Marathon Charitable Trust, which runs RideLondon, thanks to Surrey’s role in the cycling festival.
Capel Parish Council received £23,000 for an all-weather surface and new equipment for the village’s play area.
Jackie Coke, clerk to the council, said: ‘The grant has helped us enormously and has made a big difference to our community because the playground is now much easier to maintain and is more welcoming to children.’
Challengers, a charity giving disabled children play and leisure opportunities, received £7,000 to revamp its specialist play equipment.
Jessica Oliver, head of fundraising at Challengers, said: ‘The grant has helped us maintain our play structure for the longer term and for the hundreds of children still to come through the centre.’
Headley Parish Council received £12,000 towards a new playground for Headley, which it hailed as ‘fantastic’ and a ‘totally different site to the previous sad old one’.
Richard Walsh, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Localities and Community Wellbeing, said: ‘These grants will benefit grassroots clubs for many years to come, highlighting both Prudential RideLondon’s legacy for Surrey and the economic boost the events bring.
‘We’re looking forward to hosting the event once again this year and showcasing our stunning countryside to the world.’
For more information on applying for community grants, visit the London Marathon Charitable Trust’s website.