What is RideLondon?
Prudential RideLondon is an annual cycling festival which is set to attract 100,000 riders this year.
The festival, which has taken place four times before, was developed by the Mayor of London, London & Partners and Transport for London.
The televised event involves thousands of professional and amateur cyclists taking on a 100-mile or 46-mile course in the capital.
Like the London Marathon, pro and amateur riders will share the same roads, with entrants often sponsored to run for charity.
When is RideLondon taking place?
RideLondon 2017 kicks off this weekend, starting on Friday, July 28.
It runs until Sunday, July 30, when 150 of the world’s best cyclists will take to London’s roads for a fiercely competitive race.
This event will be the first men’s WorldTour race ever staged in the UK, whilst Saturday will feature the women’s race with the biggest ever day-race prize pot.
What is the RideLondon route?
Different races have slightly different routes over the weekend, but all feature closed public roads throughout London and Surrey.
The huge amateur road race, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, will start in Stratford’s Olympic Park.
Meanwhile, the competitive professional route will see riders starting off on Horse Guards Parade, in the centre of London.
Both routes take cyclists out through Richmond and into the Surrey Hills, before looping back into the city centre.
What roads will be closed for RideLondon?
The event is expected to cause disruption across London and Surrey, with lengthy road closures anticipated on some of the capital’s busiest streets.
In central London, streets around St Paul’s, Aldwych, The Strand and The Mall are all set to be disrupted or closed entirely, with some not reopening until Monday.
A handful of roads in east London are also affected, as are streets in Richmond, Kingston, much of Surrey and parts of West London.
Transport for London warns commuters that bus transport is likely to be affected, whilst some tube stations may also be busier than usual.
Be sure to check the official RideLondon guide to road closures for the specific details where you live.