Merton residents will line the streets of Wimbledon and Raynes Park again this summer to watch the thousands of cyclists, many raising funds for charity, taking part in the Prudential RideLondon cycle ride as it passes through the borough on Sunday 10 August.
Following the success of the cycling festival in Merton last year, Prudential RideLondon is working together with the council and residents to make sure that this year’s event is just as good by planning ahead and getting the community and local businesses involved. RideLondon has already spoken to many residents and businesses about their plans for this year’s event including travelling in and out of the borough on the day and what they are doing to make the day run smoothly.
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. The amateur cycle ride will be swiftly followed by the professional men’s race on the same day.
Cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Nick Draper, said: “I’m delighted that the RideLondon festival is returning to Merton this year. Crowds of residents and visitors to the borough lined the streets last year to catch a glimpse of the peloton and the atmosphere around Wimbledon and Raynes Park was fantastic with a range of fun activities taking place for all the family on the day. It is a great event for the community and local businesses and we will make sure that this year is even more successful by taking on the feedback we got from community groups, residents and businesses about last year’s festival.”
As the event gets closer, there will be more information about how to get involved and what people should do if they need to travel on the day.
Find out more by visiting www.PrudentialRideLondon.co.uk