Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities will drop the flag on the elite Prudential RideLondon cycle race taking place in Surrey on Sunday.
Denise Turner-Stewart is joint official starter for the race which boasts a line-up of international cycling stars including Michael Matthews, Mat Hayman, Elia Viviani, Andre Greipel and JP Drucker as well as British talent such as Luke Rowe and Ben Swift.
Ms Turner-Stewart will send them on their way hours after 25,000 amateur cyclists ride 100 miles along largely the same route which takes in Surrey landmarks such as Leith Hill, Box Hill and Newlands Corner.
A further 5,000 riders will take on a 46-mile ride which briefly takes in Surrey before snaking back into London.
2017 marks the fifth year of the RideLondon events. It is also the first year that the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic is part of the prestigious WorldTour programme after being awarded the status by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). It will be the first men’s WorldTour race ever staged in the UK.
Community groups in Surrey which promote sport and physical activity have been awarded more than £2.5million thanks to Surrey’s involvement in the RideLondon events over the past four years including £265,000 announced this week. Seventy-two projects have now benefited.
More than £41million has been raised for charity by riders in the first four mass participation events.
Participants in this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 include four Olympic medal-winning rowers – Heather Stanning, Mark Hunter, Jessica Eddie and Olivia Carnegie-Brown – as well as former England rugby captain Martin Johnson and cricketers Darren Gough and Allan Lamb.
Double Olympic gold medallist boxer Nicola Adams will ride the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46.
The events will have an impact on roads and travel in Surrey – for details see the information hub on the organiser’s website which includes this leaflet. For live updates on event day, follow @SurreyTravel on Twitter.
Ms Turner-Stewart said: “I’m pleased to be dropping the flag on an international cast of cycling stars who are sure to make this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic a great race.
“Together with thousands of amateur riders who will tackle the same challenging climbs, they will show off Surrey to the world on what promises to be a wonderful day of cycling.”