Sportive riders can celebrate London’s Olympic history by signing up to the Financial Times London Cycle Sportive, which takes place on Sunday May 11, 2014.
Held in support of the charity, Access Sport, entries for the event – which attracted a sell-out field of 2,400 participants last year – are now open.
All three routes offered at the event – 50km, 100km and 100 miles – finish at the Herne Hill Velodrome, the only infrastructure remaining from the 1948 Games, while the longer two take in the climb of Box Hill, a feature of the 2012 Olympic road race route.
The shortest route heads out to the North Downs overlooking the Kent/Surrey countryside and will tackle Biggin Hill before looping back towards Herne Hill.
The 100km route on offer tackles the same route out to the North Downs, before following country lanes to Reigate and Dorking – including Box Hill – and returning to the velodrome.
Finally, the longest route carries on further into the North Downs, before rejoining the medium route at Ranmore Common.
Each route’s unique finish at the historic venue allows riders the opportunity to test themselves on a timed lap of honour in front of a crowd.
Next year’s event, organised by Human Race, is being held a month earlier than in 2013 and offers the opportunity for it being used as a training ride for Human Race’s other major sportives – the Wiggle Dragon Ride and the Wiggle Etape Cymru.
Open to riders of all abilities, children will also get chance to ride at the Velodrome while their parents are out on the route, and families are encouraged to join the occasion.
To enter the Financial Times London Cycle Sportive, or for more information, visit: www.humanrace.co.uk/cycling.