Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, along with 150 of the world’s top cyclists, will be racing through the streets of Kingston on Sunday 2 August 2015 as part of the Prudential RideLondon Festival. They will be joined by 25,000 amatuer cyclists and 30 elite handcyclists, as Kingston is once again the focal point for what is quickly becoming one of the world's leading cycling events.
Councillor David Glasspool, Lead Member for Arts, Leisure and Heritage at Kingston Council said:
“Kingston is the only point along the entire Prudential RideLondon route where you can see the cyclists on both their outbound and inbound journeys, making it the best place to be on the day. Kingston town centre will be well and truly open for business on Sunday 2 August with the family-friendly Kingston Bike Festival creating a carnival atmosphere.
“As well as lining the Prudential RideLondon route, visitors to the town will be able to pull up a deckchair and watch the elite cyclists in action on two giant screens located in the Market Place and Clarence Street. There will be lots of cycle-themed entertainment and information stalls as well as special restaurant offers. All car parks (except Cattle Market) will be open, although access routes may change due to road closures so visitors are encouraged to plan ahead.
“I appreciate that events like RideLondon cause disruption for residents and business owners, with many roads in the borough and surrounding areas closed between the early hours of the morning and early evening. But I firmly believe this is outweighed by the benefits events like this bring to the town. I would encourage residents to plan ahead and to either line the route near their homes, or come into Kingston town centre and make a day of it.”
Ros Morgan, Chief Executive of Kingstonfirst (organisers of the Kingston Bike Festival) said:
“Prudential RideLondon is a thrilling event for Kingston to host and the town will be buzzing with excitement thanks to a whole host of activities and entertainment to coincide with race day. With plenty of great viewing points throughout the town everyone is sure to get a good view of their cycling heroes as well as their nearest and dearest when they speed through town. Kingston is really accessible for anyone who wants a front row seat at this major event on the cycling calendar and it’s also a great base for visitors, competitors and their families wanting to stay a night or two.”
For more information about what’s going in Kingston town centre over the RideLondon weekend, pick up a copy of the special edition Kingston Visitor Guide from the Kingstonfirst tourist information booth outside Kingston train station.
For more information about race timings and road closures in Kingston, see RideLondon.
For more information about road closures across London and Surrey (and to download a copy of the information booklet that is being sent to households and businesses across London and Surrey this week) visit www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk
or call 0345 894 9773.