RideLondon: Routes through Surrey and London announced

Cyclists taking part in a 100-mile race from Surrey to London Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Some 16,500 cyclists took part in the 2013 100-mile ride from London to Surrey and back

The routes of the RideLondon 100-mile cycle challenge through London and Surrey and ending in The Mall have been announced.

The event for 24,000 riders will begin at 06:00 BST on 10 August at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

At 13:00 the RideLondon Surrey Classic race for 150 of the world's top professional male riders will start.

Organisers said rolling road closures would be used to reduce the impact on residents and businesses on the routes.

Some Surrey residents complained the 2013 event left them feeling trapped in their homes.

David Hodge, leader of Surrey County Council, said: "Following our feedback asking the organisers to limit impact on residents and businesses, we're pleased they've introduced several rolling road closures and focused the afternoon action around Dorking this year."

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Image caption The route, similar to that of the London 2012 road race, takes riders on a journey through London and into Surrey

More than 80,000 people have applied to take part in the ballot for a place in the ride.

About 16,500 people participated in the inaugural race last August, which was part of the UK's largest-ever mass participation cycling event.

Minor changes have been made to the 2013 route to showcase the new market place in Kingston and to enable easier access to towns and villages along the routes such as Dorking, Leatherhead and Esher.

The route from Leatherhead to Esher will go through Oxshott, as the London 2012 road race did.

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Image caption The event ends with 150 professional cyclists competing on an extended 140-mile route

The professional Classic race has been awarded Hors Categorie status, the second-highest classification for professional races, by the Union Cycliste Internationale.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "As well as bringing economic benefit to the capital, events such as Prudential RideLondon help to support our two-wheeled renaissance and I am confident this year's event will be even bigger and better."

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