Surrey Ride London cycling events 'agreed until 2017'

Image caption Surrey will host annual mass participation and professional cycling races until 2017

Plans to host the annual RideLondon cycling event in Surrey until 2017 have been "agreed in principle" by the county council.

Cabinet members also approved routes for the next mass participation and professional races in August 2014.

In November the council confirmed the cabinet made a private decision to host the event for five years from 2012.

The Liberal Democrats criticised the agreement and questioned whether correct procedures had been followed.

The council's cabinet also received a petition signed by more than 3,000 people protesting at the effect of cycle races on Surrey residents.

The RideLondon 100-mile and London-Surrey Classic races are part of a series of cycling events staged in Surrey to build on the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics.

About 16,500 people took part in the 100-mile mass participation race through London and Surrey in August.

The cabinet meeting also called on the government to make it compulsory for cycling races to be registered.

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