In the off chance that folks aren't aware there is a bike ride using closed roads roughly the same route as the Olympic Road race, the issue being that being a closed road event will impact the travel around here.

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Hurrah!!! lets hope its as much fun as it was in 2012.  The whole community came together and had a wonderful time.  I don't think I have ever seen so many adults and children of all colours and creeds smiling and enjoying the excitement.   Lets hope it happens every year.   Put the car away and use those legs or get out your bike. XXX

was great fun last year though this will be a somewhat less interesting, a sportive and then bike race both of which can be found on any given sunday, ie it's not the Olympics, sure it will be fun, but it's not the same.

I doubt you will find a field as the RideLondon Classic professional road race will offer, on any other day here in the UK.  Around 150 of the world’s top cyclists and teams have entered making this the biggest One-Day race the UK has ever seen. The organisers have also been allowed to invite 10 of the 25 World Tour Teams, these include:-Belkin Pro Cycling Team, Cannondale Pro Cycling, FDJ.Fr, Garmin Sharp, Orica Greenedge, Sky ProCycling, Team Argos-Shimano, Team Sojasun, Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team.

Plus: AN Post ChainReaction, Bardiani Valvole CSF INOX, Champion System Pro Cycling Team, Great Britain Cycling Team, Joker Merida, La Pomme Marseille, Madison Genesis, MTN-Qhybeka p.b Samsung, Node 4 - Giordana Racing, Rapha Condor JLT, Synergy Baku Cycling Project, Team NetApp-Endura, Team Raleigh, Team UK Youth, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, Team IG-Sigma Sport (The race team from Sigma Sport in Hampton Wick).

You can find more information on: http://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/The_Events/Prudential_RideLon...

More info on road closures in the Borough and the route here:

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/prudential-ridelondon-road-c...

very useful, Clive. looks like hampton is not too affected but hampton court and other bits of richmond borough definitely are.

What a fantastic sight watching the first sprint down the Hampton Court Road!  A pleasant stroll from Hampton, stopped for a drink.  Then walked into Hampton Wick where they were having a street celebration.  Live music, good food and fun!!!!  Looking forward to the next time.  No cars or buses and most of all no pollution.

Might have been fun for some but was a "flippin" (being polite here) nuisance for others.  The Olympics were great but you cannot re-capture that moment again and to have it as an annual event, NOT A HAPPY BUNNY.

Oh dear! Shame you were inconvenienced, it's not about recapturing a moment, it's about staging what will hopefully become a lasting great classic road race like the Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Amstel Gold etc, and will get bigger and bigger.  

What's wrong with having one day without smelly cars and bad tempered drivers?

I never heard so many sad whiners!

Diana Brackley said:

Might have been fun for some but was a "flippin" (being polite here) nuisance for others.  The Olympics were great but you cannot re-capture that moment again and to have it as an annual event, NOT A HAPPY BUNNY.

Actually! I was not inconvenienced at all, it didn't stop me getting out of the area with my smelly car, in fact my journey was that more easier, so no bad tempered driver and as for so many sad whiners, it would appear to be only me "whining" so far on this thread and was voicing my opinion. 

Diana, at least the road closures gave the cyclists the chance to legally ignore all the road signs, traffic lights and junctions
Others, including Ian, might like to remember thats its "the smelly cars" road tax that finances the roads.

Diana Brackley said:

Actually! I was not inconvenienced at all, it didn't stop me getting out of the area with my smelly car, in fact my journey was that more easier, so no bad tempered driver and as for so many sad whiners, it would appear to be only me "whining" so far on this thread and was voicing my opinion. 

A popular misconception by the hard done by motorist.  Apart from riding a bike I also pay 4 lots of road tax, insurances and fuel duty.

For your information I don't run red lights nor do I ignore other road signs, it makes me extremely cross when I see idiot cyclists, who look as if they should know better, do that, it also makes me cross when I see equally stupid motorists do the same. 

Why can't everyone just enjoy the day for what it was without using it as an excuse to moan about cyclists, for 3 days after the event if you turned a radio on that's all one heard?


Bill Rosborough said:

Diana, at least the road closures gave the cyclists the chance to legally ignore all the road signs, traffic lights and junctions
Others, including Ian, might like to remember thats its "the smelly cars" road tax that finances the roads.

Diana Brackley said:

Actually! I was not inconvenienced at all, it didn't stop me getting out of the area with my smelly car, in fact my journey was that more easier, so no bad tempered driver and as for so many sad whiners, it would appear to be only me "whining" so far on this thread and was voicing my opinion. 

Thought it went very well, the sportive far more than the race.

Do have some misgiving about kettling some folks in their homes, mainly out in Surrey for others leisure, and the race was a bit Meh, Sagan and Miller being the only names, not sure man/woman in street would know them, this said just watching the race and all the outriders whoosh past is quite a spectacle, if a very brief one!

Clearly though the show was the sportive/charity ride saw streams as I was driving for work, looked like a lot of folks had a lot of fun.

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