Image above: Group from west London cycling into central London to take part in the Freecycle
Chiswick contingent takes part in RideLondon
Chiswick cyclists were out in force for the RideLondon events this weekend.
About 200 riders from Hounslow, Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham rode into London together for the FreeCycle taking people into central London for a family ride around a circuit of roads closed to traffic.
RideLondon was cancelled for two years because of the pandemic, so Sunday’s events were the first since 2019. This year’s event saw much greater participation by women, disabled people and ethnic minorities after a concerted drive by organisers to get a more diverse group of people involved.
This year the route of the long ride out to the countryside and back into London was switched from Surrey to Essex (no motorists fuming as they queued to perform U-turns when they found they couldn’t access the A316 because of a cycle race going across Chiswick Bridge).
Image above: Jan Verschuur and Ruth Mayorcas at Tower Bridge
Not all the locals in Essex were welcoming, as a petition was organised to try and stop the event and tacks were found along part of the route before the day of the ride, but it went off uneventfully except for one man with a suspected heart attack who was airlifted to hospital.
Chiswick cyclist Ruth Mayorcas, taking part with her partner Jan, completed the course, riding 102 miles and raising £1570 for The Bike Project. They didn’t encounter tacks on the ground fortunately, but it was cold, said Ruth.
Image above: Hannah Winter Levy and Jeremy Levy taking part in RideLondon jaunt to Essex
Father and daughter team Jeremy Levy and Hannah Winter-Levy were among more than 30 members of the Chiswick Cycling Club to take part. Highlights for them were the banana bar on route and a pint at the end. The fastest time from the Chiswick contingent was rumoured to have been four hours and 22 minutes.
RideLondon was launched in 2013 as a weekend of cycling events covering both elite sport and mass participation. It always features a professional race, which this year was a women’s world tour event held over three days. As well as the Freecycle for families in central London and the 100 mile ride out to the countryside and back there are also 30 and 60 mile routes.
Images above: Ruth and Jan; the banana bar; Group from west London headed for the Freecycle; RideLondon medal; Flying the flag for Chiswick; how it ended
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