First ever Boris bike hire race winner from Wimbledon

Ryan Carus wins the race.

Ryan Carus wins the race.

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Dozens of ‘Boris Bikes’ went head-to-head in the first ever cycle hire race, with a Wimbledon resident wheeling away victorious.

Ryan Carus is celebrating after crossing the finishing line first in front of hundreds of spectators.

Thirty riders including boy band Rough Copy, former Olympian Jeanette Kwakye and rapper Mikill Pane, took to London’s roads for the 1.5km course on Saturday, June 7.

Participants rode bicycles from Barclays Cycle Hire, dubbed Boris Bikes because it is backed by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, some of which were coloured yellow to celebrate the Tour de France coming to London this summer.

Mr Carus said: "The atmosphere was completely surreal and it was such an incredible event.

"I'm currently training with my club, the Kingston Wheelers, for my next challenge - the Prudential RideLondon 100."

It will be a summer of cycling in the capital, as the Tour de France is followed by the Prudential RideLondon on August 9 and 10 and the Tour of Britain, which takes place between September 7 and 14 and traditionally finishes in the capital.

The RideLondon event will pass through Merton and Wandsworth.

The Barclays Cycle Hire race was held as part of the Jupiter London Nocturne.

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