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Monday, 3 August 2015

70,000 cyclists take part in RideLondon 2015

Due to space issues in Green Park we were unable to attend RideLondon in a official capacity this year. However we decided to join the spectacle and take our place among the 70,000 participants and enjoy the 8 mile celebration of cycling around some of London’s iconic sights.

We arranged to park the Batribike van quite close to Tower Bridge and unloaded our bikes. Ralph and I had our friend Kathy along with us and we were using the Diamond Pro, Granite Pro and Breeze.

It was a gorgeous summer day as we headed of to meet up with some other friends at the Monument. On our way there we stumbled onto St Katherine Dock, somewhere I hadn’t been before, now it’s a place I would definitely go back to for a proper look round.

Batribike Diamond Pro and Granite Pro at St Katherine Dock 
RideLondon FreeCycle is a free to enter event. An incredible 8 miles of London streets are closed to traffic from 9am to 4pm to allow cyclists of all ages and abilities to enjoy cycling around the capitals tourist spots. The route was changed from last year and did not go along the Embankment but it did however take in new places and a trip over Waterloo Bridge.

The view on Waterloo Bridge

Waterloo Bridge crammed with cyclists

The emergency services were all on bikes too, we were even passed by three police cyclists using a siren
The atmosphere is incredible with flag waving and bell ringing participants crowding the streets.

Arriving at Admiralty Arch
Crowds at Trafalgar Square
Heading back in to Trafalgar Square

We finished the route back at St Pauls and took a moment to enjoy an ice cream in the sunshine. We then crossed the Thames via the Millennium Bridge and joined NCR 4 to take us down to go over Tower Bridge. Then back past St Katherine Dock to the waiting van.
Ice cream stop at St Paul's
The View from Millennium Bridge
Pushing The Granite Pro down from Millennium Bridge

Back at St Katherine Dock
The Queen's row barge Gloriana looking magnificent in St Katherine Dock
Once again RideLondon had proved to be an exceptional experience and the bikes a joy to ride.


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