Cyclists brave the storms to take part in Prudential RideLondon event across London and Surrey

Amateur cyclists on the move in Wimbledon

Amateur cyclists on the move in Wimbledon

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Thousands of cyclists have braved the storms today to endure the RideLondon 100 bike event.

By the end of the day roughly 24,000 amateur cyclists will have completed the 86 mile route, which was cut down in length from 100 miles because of poor weather.

Torrential rain and heavy winds meant Leith Hill and Box Hill in Surrey were removed from the course this morning.

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

Wimbledon Guardian:

RideLondon is a Mayor of London event

Participants later rode through Richmond Park and Kingston-upon-Thames, before finishing at Putney Bridge.

The course also passed through Merton, Raynes Park, and Wimbledon Hill, as well as making tracks through parts of Elmbridge.

According to one Surrey cafe owner heavy storms meant there were markedly less spectators than last year.

Jamie Chisholm, who runs Bike Beans Cafe in Rectory Ln, Ashtead, said: “I felt sorry for the cyclists.

“The weather was atrocious, and it’s such a shame they have to cut out the Leith and Box Hill.

“There was definitely less spectators than last year, but it didn’t put the cyclists off.”

Visit www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk throughout the day to follow important news from the event.

Are you a spectator? Email your pictures to tom.gillespie@london.newsquest.co.uk.

Have you been affected by road closures? Email in or call 0208 722 6358.

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Spectators in Wimbledon

 

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11:40am Mon 11 Aug 14

pattyvee says...

The ride actually finished on the Mall, not Putney Bridge.
The ride actually finished on the Mall, not Putney Bridge. pattyvee
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12:37pm Mon 11 Aug 14

SteveC1964 says...

Well done to all those who took part in some atrocious weather conditions; and especially to those who were raising sponsorship and awareness of charities. Bravo!
Well done to all those who took part in some atrocious weather conditions; and especially to those who were raising sponsorship and awareness of charities. Bravo! SteveC1964
  • Score: 5

7:23pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Tobermory says...

Was Bike Beans Cafe actually anywhere near the route?
Was Bike Beans Cafe actually anywhere near the route? Tobermory
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