Fulham is set to play a starring role in the cycling equivalent of the London Marathon next year, with the borough hosting the largest charity fundraising cycle ride in the world, RideLondon on August 4, 2013.
More than 20,000 amateur cyclists are set to ride their bikes through the town as part of a 100 mile cycling extravaganza starting in the newly renamed Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and following a similar route to the road race winding through Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea and through Fulham.
Starting in the morning the RideLondon 100 will be followed by the more elite RideLondon Classic which is hoping to feature world class cyclists like Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.
The event is part of a weekend Olympic legacy festival of cycling hosted by the Mayor of London aimed at capitalising on the huge popularity of the Team GB cycling team and to encourage cycling in the capital.
Thousands of people lined the streets of Fulham to watch both the men's and women's races during the opening weekend of the Olympics.
Despite extensive road closures no complaints were made to the local authority.
The Olympic road race is thought to have been one of the most watched Olympic events as around a million people lined the route to cheer on the cyclists.
The exact route and details of road closures for RideLondon 100 and the RideLondon Classic will be announced next year.
“After the excitement of the Olympics, it is great to have something else to look forward to,” says Sarah Burgess, manager at the Fulham branch of lettings agent Edmund Cude. “Fulham is a vibrant part of London and I’m sure the cyclist are going to have a very enjoyable ride round this incredible part of London.”
Online registration is now open for cyclists to register their interest in RideLondon, for more information visit http://www.ridelondon.co.uk/