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London to host cycling festival

Posted 26 January 2012
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London to host cycling festival
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Next year may be a good one for people to put on their cycling gear and head to London, as mayor Boris Johnson has announced the capital is to host a two-day festival to celebrate the activity in August 2013.

It will be staged in the Olympic Park and the planned visitor numbers will total 200,000, with one of the highlights being a family fun ride for up to 70,000 people on closed roads around various landmarks in the metropolis.

And the following day will see 35,000 serious riders from club level to Olympians taking on a 100-mile course starting at the Olympic Park and stretching out into Surrey.

Backers include current cycling world champion Mark Cavendish, who said: "This is the ideal legacy not only for our world class team of cyclists and paracyclists, but also for thousands of amateur cyclists."

While London will gain new cycling facilities such as a velodrome from the Olympics, the Great Britain team will continue to use its current base in Manchester, the National Cycling Centre facility built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801276070-ADNFCR