Sunday starts bright and early for those taking part in the Ride 100 event – 6am at the velodrome to be exact. The Ride 100 course is fast approaching iconic as it travels through central London and then hits the Surrey hills. The finishing straight it down the Mall. If you feel jealous of those taking part this year, the ballot for next year opens on August 8th so you can capitalise on the joy instilled in you during a whole weekend of bike related fun.
New this year is also a shorter 46 mile sportive, aimed at younger riders and those who are newer to road cycling and don’t want to go for the full 100. It’s a nice step towards encouraging more people to ride in events and making them open to less ambitious folk.
The Sunday afternoon sees the culmination of the weekend, the Surrey Classic. This is the men’s professional event and has many of the stars of the pro peloton. A highlight here has got to be Chris Froome who is riding this year, straight off the back of his excellent Tour win. I guess it will be kind of a warm down race to keep the legs going prior to the Olympics for him. There is lots to race for though as the Surrey Classic has the biggest prize pot of any one day race.