Merton residents will line the streets of Wimbledon and Raynes Park this summer to get a glimpse of the cyclists taking part in the RideLondon cycle event as it races through the borough on Sunday 4 August.
The peloton will pass through Merton on the return leg from the Surrey Hills, after cyclists have already travelled from the Olympic stadium, out to Surrey before heading back to the finish line at the Mall via Raynes Park and the last incline of the race, up Wimbledon Hill towards Wimbledon common.
Cabinet Member for Community and Culture, Councillor Nick Draper is thrilled to welcome the race to Merton. He said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted that the RideLondon event is coming through our borough and would like to thank Councillor Andrew Judge who has worked hard to ensure the race comes through Merton in his role as Cabinet Member.
He continued: ‘Not only is it great to be part of an Olympic legacy event, but the race will come through the borough every year and be a permanent fixture in the London and Merton sporting calendar and at no extra cost to the council. I hope that this event will inspire the Merton community to start cycling. We have many beautiful open spaces and cycle lanes on our road network for keen cyclists to use and we also have a fantastic road safety team who arrange cycling proficiency tests for year 6 children, so the building blocks are there to get people out cycling. This is also a tremendous opportunity for businesses along the route.
‘I for one will be extremely proud to see the peloton race through the Merton streets and hope that everyone in the borough will come along and show their support for this exciting event.’
For more details about the RideLondon event including the route visit their website: http://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk