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2014 routes for Prudential RideLondon cycle events announced

By Surrey Mirror  |  Posted: March 28, 2014

By Jennifer Hardwick jennifer.hardwick@essnmedia.co.uk

ready, set, go:  Both RideLondon routes for the 2014 spectacular

ready, set, go: Both RideLondon routes for the 2014 spectacular

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THE routes for this year's Prudential RideLondon cycling events in Surrey have been confirmed.

As previously reported on this website, professional cyclists will ride along Dorking's High Street several times.

The Prudential 100 and Classic races are both taking place on August 10, with the day beginning with the former, amateur event, with almost 20,000 riders due to enter Dorking from 8.30am onwards.

The route for this event is planned to be almost identical to last year's event in Mole Valley, though the stretch from Leatherhead to Esher is now planned to go through Oxshott.

Meanwhile, the Classic event will take 150 top professional male riders on a new loop from Dorking along Coldharbour Lane to Coldharbour, through the village and on to Leith Hill.

The group will then travel through Abinger Common and on to Westcott, before returning to Dorking, with the professionals expected to pass through the town five or six times from 2.45pm onwards.

Organisers have stated rolling road closures will be used wherever possible to reduce restrictions on residents and businesses throughout the day.

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge said: "Following our feedback asking the organisers to limit impact on residents and businesses, we're pleased they've introduced several rolling road closures and focused the afternoon action around Dorking this year.

"We're looking forward to another fantastic day of cycling in Surrey that will draw thousands of visitors to our towns and villages, raise millions for good causes and showcase our county to the world."

Other changes brought in for the route of this year's Classic race include two new climbs through Denbies Wine Estate to Ranmore Common, and the addition of Staple Lane.

A community engagement programme is underway with Surrey County Council, to help residents and businesses along the routes plan ahead, including leaflet drops in May and July, and drop-in sessions.

Race director Mick Bennett said: "We have a great race in prospect on a fantastic route. The success of last year's race and the global television coverage means that the world's best teams are very keen to compete in 2014."

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