Sir Chris Hoy Plans To Race Through Chiswick In Major Cycle Race

Prudential RideLondon event will see celebrities join champion sportsmen and women

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A host of celebrities from pop singers to Olympic rowers will join the record number of cyclists coming through Chiswick on Sunday 30 July , as part of this year's Prudential RideLondon Classic.

There will be road closures, and diversions in place during the day which will affect Chiswick, notably the closure of Chiswick Bridge.

Sir Chris Hoy, the 11-time world champion and six-time Olympic champion in track cycling will be making his debut this year cycling through Chiswick.

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Road and bridge closures and diversions can be expected for Chiswick residents on Sunday, 30 July with the Hogarth roundabout, Burlington Lane/Great Chertsey Road and Chiswick Bridge closed from early morning 5am until 2.30 pm.

If you want to see the professional riders they are scheduled to be arriving through Chiswick at around 1.50pm. The amateur riders in the Prudential RideLondon 100 are expected to be passing Chiswick Bridge at around 6.20am with the last coming through at about 10.30am.

The A4 eastbound between Hogarth Roundabout and Warwick Road at Earls Court will stay open throughout the day. Roads by the event routes will have local access only for residents and businesses, with usual Sunday parking restrictions unless otherwise stated.

Chris Hoy is an 11-time world champion and six-time Olympic champion in track cycling.His overall haul of seven Olympic medals – with one silver adding to the six gold – makes Hoy the second most decorated Olympic cyclist of all time as well as the most successful Scottish cyclist ever.

The list of well-known names includes from the world of music, R&B singer-songwriter and record producer. Lemar, soprano Laura Wright, Josh Cuthbert of boyband Union J (X- Factor 2012 winners).

From the world of sport, Olympic rower Olivia Carnegie-Brown, former Welsh rugby captain Colin Charvis, and former England rugby captain Martin Johnson, Olympic medal rowers Jessica Eddie, and Mark Hunter, and former England cricket captain Martin Lamb, are amongst the well-known names.

As well as top cyclists, the general public are invited to participate in the Freecycle event which takes place on Saturday, 29 July in a traffic-free zone of central London.

Prudential RideLondon 100 starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey's stunning countryside. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the Finish. The 25,000 amateur cyclists will head past Canary Wharf,
towards the City of London, passing the Tower of London before cycling west along Piccadilly and the A4. Riders will cross the River Thames at Chiswick and pass through Richmond Park and the heart of Kingston upon Thames, before crossing Hampton Court Bridge along the route made famous by both the road race and time trial events during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Prudential RideLondon 46 is a new 46-mile route on traffic-free roads, beginning at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London and following the same route as the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 for the first 27 miles before taking a new route to finish at The Mall.

Prudential RideLondon Classic is the flagship event, and will see 150 of the world's top pro cyclists take on a 200km route through London and Surrey. The race offers the highest prize money pool of any one-day Classic and will be televised live by BBC Sport.

A record number of 14 UCI WorldTour teams will race in this year’s #RideLondon-Surrey Classic

In just its fifth year, the race has been awarded WorldTour status by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), putting it in the top tier of men’s road races.

This means both professional races at Prudential RideLondon now have UCI WorldTour status with the women’s race, the Prudential RideLondon Classique on Saturday 29 July, having won top-tier status in 2016.

Both events are the richest one-day races in the world as Prudential RideLondon continues its commitment to parity for men and women by offering prize pots of 100,000 euros for both the Classic and Classique.

Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas - who illuminated last year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic with a thrilling solo bid for victory 50 kilometres out before getting caught in the final five kilometres - said: “To have won on home roads last year would have been massive. Coming back to Britain and to do races like the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic is fantastic and the way cycling has grown and the amount of people who love it and come out to watch the race makes it even more special.

“Now the race is UCI WorldTour, the standard of the field will go up that much more and there will be a lot of really good bike riders racing in London on Sunday 30 July. It will be super-competitive and super-fast and I think it’s going to be a really exciting race.”

A number of bridges will be closed until the evening of Sunday 30 July. Hammersmith Bridge and Kew Bridge will be open but are expected to be busy. Wandsworth Bridge will be open for local resident access only (no through route).

The A4 eastbound between Hogarth roundabout and Warwick Road at Earls Court will stay open throughout the day. From 5 am until 2.30 pm Knightsbridge, Brompton Road, Cromwell Road, Talgarth Road, Hammersmith flyover, and the Great West Road towards Chiswick Bridge will be closed.

July 28, 2017

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