Business owners across Richmond, Kingston, Wimbledon, Elmbridge and Putney in Wandsworth, expect big sales as Prudential RideLondon cycling event heads for London and Surrey

Where there's a wheel there's a way: Cyclists competing in last year's competition

Where there's a wheel there's a way: Cyclists competing in last year's competition

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Business owners are looking forward to pedalling more sales when the Prudential RideLondon bike ride weave its way through Surrey and London next Sunday.

The cyclists will start at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, before heading to Canary Wharf and then passing through the City of London.

Competitors will later ride through Richmond Park and Kingston-upon-Thames, before finishing at Putney Bridge.

The 100-mile event will also pass through Merton, Raynes Park, and Wimbledon Hill, as well as making tracks through parts of Elmbridge.

George Absi, owner of Cafe Paola in Hill Rise, Richmond, said: “I cannot wait for the event next week.

“When the Olympic bike ride came through it quadrupled our sales. We could not cope, but in a good way.”

The event is part of a Mayor of London initiative to getting more people cycling, and includes an accessible family bike ride.

Over the two days spectators will also be able to watch some of the world’s best cyclists slog it out in the  Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic and Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix.

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out to watch it.

Paul Easterbrook, owner of the The Gazebo pub in Thames Street, Kingston, said: “It will be great if it is sunny.

“If it rains it won’t make a difference.

“Should it be sunny though, I imagine the bike ride will make the area busier than usual, so I am looking forward to it.”

Kelly Raynirse, who works at the Dukes Head in Lower Richmond Road, Putney, said: “We are preparing for more business than usual.

“It should be fun I think and we will definitely make more sales.

The Prudential RideLondon will takes place on Saturday, August 9, and Sunday, August 10.

Will your business benefit from the bike ride? Will the road closures and extra people disrupt your weekend? Let us know on 0208 722 6358, or email tom.gillespie@london.newsquest.co.uk

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8:29pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Twotonted says...

Cafes on the route may see extra trade, but for everyone else the day will be a disaster as their customers cannot get to them. Last year businesses in Kingston centre had a dreadful day. This event costs local people and businesses with major disruption, and no benefits. It is time to stop it, or modify it so that it does not involve such lengthy road closures.
Cafes on the route may see extra trade, but for everyone else the day will be a disaster as their customers cannot get to them. Last year businesses in Kingston centre had a dreadful day. This event costs local people and businesses with major disruption, and no benefits. It is time to stop it, or modify it so that it does not involve such lengthy road closures. Twotonted
  • Score: 6

11:22pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Razor123 says...

It's ONE day!! I'll give you one benefit: those taking part will be raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity, including many local ones.
It's ONE day!! I'll give you one benefit: those taking part will be raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity, including many local ones. Razor123
  • Score: 0

8:59am Mon 4 Aug 14

brentfordbee13 says...

Razor123 wrote:
It's ONE day!! I'll give you one benefit: those taking part will be raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity, including many local ones.
clearly a two day event. and effects people who have to travel to Kingston to get to work
[quote][p][bold]Razor123[/bold] wrote: It's ONE day!! I'll give you one benefit: those taking part will be raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity, including many local ones.[/p][/quote]clearly a two day event. and effects people who have to travel to Kingston to get to work brentfordbee13
  • Score: -2

10:38am Mon 4 Aug 14

SteveC1964 says...

Razor123 wrote:
It's ONE day!! I'll give you one benefit: those taking part will be raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity, including many local ones.
Correct that to millions of pounds for charities! :)

Another benefit is that it does a great deal to get people to do more exercise and look after their own health. The people riding this event will have done lots of training and preparation which makes them healthier, which in turn means less demand on our NHS.
[quote][p][bold]Razor123[/bold] wrote: It's ONE day!! I'll give you one benefit: those taking part will be raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity, including many local ones.[/p][/quote]Correct that to millions of pounds for charities! :) Another benefit is that it does a great deal to get people to do more exercise and look after their own health. The people riding this event will have done lots of training and preparation which makes them healthier, which in turn means less demand on our NHS. SteveC1964
  • Score: -4

1:46pm Mon 4 Aug 14

buggsie says...

Now where did I put those drawing pins !!!
Now where did I put those drawing pins !!! buggsie
  • Score: 4

3:58pm Mon 4 Aug 14

pattyvee says...

Twotonted wrote:
Cafes on the route may see extra trade, but for everyone else the day will be a disaster as their customers cannot get to them. Last year businesses in Kingston centre had a dreadful day. This event costs local people and businesses with major disruption, and no benefits. It is time to stop it, or modify it so that it does not involve such lengthy road closures.
You can still catch a train to Kingston and walk around. I've lived here for years without needing a car, so I think others can manage for one day.
[quote][p][bold]Twotonted[/bold] wrote: Cafes on the route may see extra trade, but for everyone else the day will be a disaster as their customers cannot get to them. Last year businesses in Kingston centre had a dreadful day. This event costs local people and businesses with major disruption, and no benefits. It is time to stop it, or modify it so that it does not involve such lengthy road closures.[/p][/quote]You can still catch a train to Kingston and walk around. I've lived here for years without needing a car, so I think others can manage for one day. pattyvee
  • Score: -2

4:17pm Mon 4 Aug 14

pattyvee says...

brentfordbee13 wrote:
Razor123 wrote:
It's ONE day!! I'll give you one benefit: those taking part will be raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity, including many local ones.
clearly a two day event. and effects people who have to travel to Kingston to get to work
I'm pretty sure that only one day (Sunday 10 August) affects Kingston and that the Saturday event is limited to central London. It's a fantastic group of events for amateur and professional cyclists alike and the temporary inconvenience it causes pales into insignificance compared to all the good it does.
[quote][p][bold]brentfordbee13[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Razor123[/bold] wrote: It's ONE day!! I'll give you one benefit: those taking part will be raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity, including many local ones.[/p][/quote]clearly a two day event. and effects people who have to travel to Kingston to get to work[/p][/quote]I'm pretty sure that only one day (Sunday 10 August) affects Kingston and that the Saturday event is limited to central London. It's a fantastic group of events for amateur and professional cyclists alike and the temporary inconvenience it causes pales into insignificance compared to all the good it does. pattyvee
  • Score: 0

9:18am Tue 5 Aug 14

kingstonpaul says...

buggsie wrote:
Now where did I put those drawing pins !!!
You're a pr*ck....

It's actually not very funny if you get a blow out at high speed on a bike.
[quote][p][bold]buggsie[/bold] wrote: Now where did I put those drawing pins !!![/p][/quote]You're a pr*ck.... It's actually not very funny if you get a blow out at high speed on a bike. kingstonpaul
  • Score: -6

8:52am Wed 6 Aug 14

tjames says...

tacks are better
tacks are better tjames
  • Score: 4

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