Organisers of an annual bike race set to travel through Wimbledon say there is a backup plan in case a major road can't be fixed in time.

Last week a hole opened up in Worple Road which has resulted in emergency repair works having to be carried out by Thames Water.

As a result, the road has been closed and diversions put in place.

With RideLondon set to take place on August 3, the question was posed to Thames Water whether they would be able to repair the damage quick enough so that the race would not be affected.

The company said they expect the problem to be fixed by August 2.

Now a spokesman for RideLondon has said that even if Thames Water aren't able to deliver, their are plans in place to avoid catastrophe.

"We are aware of the burst water main on Worple Road and are working with Merton Council, TfL and Thames Water to resolve the problem in time for Prudential RideLondon," the spokesman said.

"At this stage it is not necessary to divert the route and we have contingency plans in place to ensure there is minimal disruption to the event.”