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A Cycling Legacy to remember - Prudential RideLondon

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The RideLondon festival saw cycling at its best, from families enjoying motor traffic-free roads in London to the peloton speeding through the Surrey Hills.
FreeCycle at Prudential RideLondon
Thousands enjoyed 'FreeCycle' at Prudential RideLondon

Nearly 300 people had volunteered through CTC to help throughout the weekend and there was much praise on social media for the Dr Bike Service they provided, not to mention the valued work of the marshals.

There were so many smiling faces at such a great event."

CTC Chief Executive, Gordon Seabright.

Amongst the races on Saturday, London hosted the Grand Prix women’s criterium in St James's Park. Team CTC put in a strong performance with Hannah Payton storming into a 19th place finish. Laura Trott won for Team Wiggle Honda.

Journalist Brad Stratton took over coverage with tweets live from the race's Media Centre, keeping CTC's twitter followers up to date.

Hannah and Tamina were joined for the start of the race by Astrid Wingler, but Tracey Fletcher - who was scheduled to be part of the line-up for the event - was unable to make the race.

The 1.3 mile anti-clockwise circuit saw riders begin on The Mall heading towards Buckingham Palace, past the Victoria memorial and down Birdcage Walk. From there they made the turn into the approach to Horse Guards Parade, and back round onto the Mall for the finish line.

All three riders got off to a strong start, keeping up with the leading group of riders that included pre-race favourites Laura Trott and Hannah Barnes of Wiggle Honda and MG Maxifuel respectively.

However, a minor crash within the first few laps saw Astrid lose the front group of riders. She was lapped by the leaders later on and therefore was required to pull out with 3 laps to go, along with other riders who had been passed.

Brad tweeted, "Thoughts post-race turned to team mate Tamina Oliver, who was involved in a crash on the final lap that required her to be taken to hospital."

The weekend-long Prudential Ride London, which included the criterium, was part of the ongoing legacy from the London 2012 Olympics, along with London Mayor Boris Johnson’s commitments to add to cycling opportunities in the capital.

On Sunday, as the sun shone, CTC race marshals and feed station volunteers were in place from not long after dawn on the London-Surrey 100 route. The roads of Dorking were lined with supporters - a sight mirrored across the city and the suburbs.

20,000 cyclists took part in the Ride London-Surrey 100 to raise funds for charity and retrace much of last year’s Olympic Road Race Route.

Tour de France sprint champion Peter Sagan was favourite to win the Classic, but after an afternoon of much contested riding, the predicted bunch sprint at the end saw a French Victory from FDJ's Arnaud Démare.

Here's looking forward to Prudential RideLondon 2014!

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  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Gordon Seabright
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