RideLondon-Surrey 100 Cycling

RideLondon-Surrey 100

Follow all the fun as some 26,000 keen cyclists take part in RideLondon-Surrey 100. Setting off from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the event has been dubbed a marathon on wheels.

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It's a perfect morning for a gentle ride through the streets of London


and the Surrey countryside and that's exactly what these cyclists


are doing this beautiful Sunday morning. Waved off by the Formula 1


star Mark Webber, who is among them. More than 24,000 riders at the start


line of this year 's RideLondon Surrey 100 setting off from the


Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in waves from 6am. It's the mass


participation element of what is billed as the world's greatest


festival of cycling. To be honest after witnessing the action over the


last couple of days you could not argue with that. In just four years


RideLondon has firmly established itself as a major date in the


sporting calendar. And as you can hear behind me, the first finishers


are coming into The Mall here, based in glorious sunshine. It's not a


race but some of the more competitive riders who set off at


6am are pushing it hard to get back in the early finishers. Alongside me


somebody who knows all about a day in the saddle, David Miller. To see


them coming through in this glorious sunshine, some are taking it more


seriously than others. Once you are amongst it, you never get this, to


finish on the The Mall, even as a pro cyclist you only get it once a


year if lucky. Four hours for the first guys coming through, not a bad


effort. I'd be very happy with that at the moment! How much are you


riding your bike these days? You enjoyed so much success over the is,


Commonwealth champion, stage winner, how much riding are you still doing?


Not tempted to take part today? I am getting tempted again. When you stop


racing, I did it for so long, I needed a year away from it all. Now


I'm starting to rediscover it as a sport rather than profession and I


love it. You will be part of the commentary team today. Tell us about


your role in the elite men's race later? I did it last year on the


back of a motorbike, commentating with Simon Robertson, remotely. It's


really good fun because it's like being in the bike race without any


effort. I've already told some of the guys I will be out there so it


will be fun. It will be tough for the guys taking part in the mass


participation race, 100 miles, because it's hot out there, isn't


it? And it's going to get hotter. It's 10am and it already feels warm.


Yeah, no, I think it's going to make it a bit more of a challenge and


people need to be aware they need to drink lots. For many of these people


they have not done a ride like this before so it will be interesting.


They are all shapes and sizes, many will have been training overnight,


it's not something you can do, just jump on a bike and head off a 100


miles. You can't, but people try to. You don't have to do 100 miles every


week but if you do one or two hours you can build up to it and once you


are out there, it's not the hardest route, quite flat. That's part of


the challenge, it's like a marathon. Evil thing 100 miles is so long but


on a bike it is pretty similar to a half marathon, physically. Among the


riders who said earlier today were some familiar faces -- who set off


earlier today. Tim was at the start and caught up with some including


Mark Webber. Good morning, how are you feeling? Feeling all right,


yeah. It's a beautiful morning, bit of cloud cover. Yeah, I just get a


buzz out of these days seeing everyone coming out and having a go.


100 miles, obviously there are two distances, but it's an honest course


with a couple of lumps, Box Hill. The charity you are writing for?


Yeah, London Youth. Sir Jackie Stewart, Damon Hill, all the F1


legends were involved back in the day, just helping youngsters that


are having a tough time getting them going, whether its employment,


getting them out of whatever little moments they are going through. I am


writing this Jackie Stewart's Sun today, a nice family link -- I am


riding with. Date closed streets down for this commits a British


special event isn't it? Probably one of the best in the world -- they


close down the streets for this, it's a special event, isn't it? It's


what the community spirit is all about, off the back of the Olympics.


It just shows English people love taking part. They are real doers and


have a crack. It's awesome and I'm looking forward to it. I've never


done a race of this length in a busy country like this with the roads


closed. Listen, you've got a race to start. Best of luck out there. Tell


us who you are riding for? We are riding for Children with Cancer UK.


Wanted to do it for a good cause, considering we were getting up so


early. Brilliant, well done. With knowing RideLondon has raised over


?29 million for charity, pretty good going is green I did not


I did not know it was that high, that's pretty good. It's not bad.


Every little helps. Good morning everybody, looking fresh, tell us


about who you are writing for? We are riding for Imperial charity, the


trauma units. A whole group of us for St Mary's trauma units. If a


cyclist came off on their bike that is where they would be taken if they


had a head injury. Last year we raised about ?15,000 and we will try


to beat it. How are you looking so far, will you be picking people's


pockets on the way round? We will take pennies, anything at all.


Three, two, one, away you go. Good morning, you just started off the


second wave, how are you feeling? Very excited. I wasn't expecting to


do that. It's nice to see everybody off. Fast guys going off early, some


might be under four hours. Rate excitement here. Amazing to see so


many out on their bike. You are entering today, you are riding, what


are you expecting? Yes, I'm writing for Sports Aid today. If I could


break four hours 20 I will be happy, if I don't, I will be disappointed.


Have fun out there, and enjoy your time on the bike and I hope we see


you at the end. Cheers. Well, thereafter more of the riders out


there enjoying some more of this wonderful sunshine. A beautiful day


to be out on your bike. The huge group just finished on The Mall,


some sprinting to the line. I think Cav would have been impressed with


some of the finishers. I'm a bit jealous watching it, reminiscing.


Seems quite serious but looks like they are having fun. Absolutely. And


listening to Mark Webber, somebody who has taken to cycling and


absolutely loves being on his bike, it has exploded, this popularity of


cycling. For me it has been strange. I turned professional in the late


90s when it was an unknown sport. Very much like Chris Boardman, he


went from that same era. It has gone from people, I would say, I am a


professional cyclist, saying, what do you do for a living? It has gone


to, what team are you on? The UK has become renowned as a cycling nation.


I'm proud of that and I think we should be proud of that. And


interesting to hear Mark Webber talk about how the British love a big


participation event. We saw the way the country got behind the Olympics,


when the Tour de France visited here, it's something we Brits do


well. Interesting to hear Mark Webber call us doers, from an


Australian, who are known for their Aussie grit, it's nice. It's nice we


have a reputation of that, and especially with Chris Froome in the


Tour de France, we are a nation of doers and this displays that.


RideLondon, as I said, the greatest festival of cycling, they say. It


has certainly had thousands of people on their bikes or we can. It


has extended to a three-day festival. Tim was there to see how


it kicked off in the Olympic Park on Friday.


This is the Lee Valley velodrome where just four years ago we were


celebrating some of Britain's's finest medal moments. This weekend


it is not about the action taking place on the boards, it is all about


what is happening outside. The RideLondon event started in 2013 as


a legacy for the 2012 summer Olympic Games. Since then it has gone on to


raise a whopping ?29 million for charity. This year organisers are


expecting over 100,000 competitors across the seven events. There are


so many things that make it so special. It's the greatest cycling


festival in the world. We have over 100,000 people taking part over


three days. Today with the velopark, legacy event for the Olympics, which


is what this is. A new addition this year is the adrenaline filled sport


of BMX racing. Go on, boys. It's such a good facility with the


velodrome in the background. Great course and it's just brilliant. With


all the different events this weekend, it's fantastic. One of the


stalwart events of RideLondon is the elite and cycling Grand Prix.


Today's race features former world and Paralympic champions --


handcycling Grande Prairie. I win, it's a very nice place, I'm very


happy. It's really great because it shows the people of the world what


it was about, the sport. It's a really great promotion for


handcycling. If you are putting on a Festival of cycling there is one man


that must get an invite, he's the very best in the world, at street


style, and an Internet sensation. It's Danny MacAskill. Oh my


goodness! Here doing shows the kids, really. Great crowds so far. I saw a


kid's eyes almost popped out of his skull. You make it look very easy


but that's probably why you are the worlds. Anything you can teach me to


improve my skills? You can do it on any bike, it helps if you have a


trials bike specific to the task, but I can show you. I am ready.


Safety doesn't take a day off. What can you teach me to make me look


cool when I go to the shop to get a loaf of bread? Shall we start with


stopping common kind of going over like this. When you do that we will


try to get you doing 180 staff. Roll in, and as you pull the front brake


stop ooh, they are sharp breaks, aren't they. It's almost like you


are going into the hands stand. That's looking smooth. Turn the


front wheels slightly, and as you pull the front brake, swing your


hips and body around. It's all in the hips. Ooh. That's nearly there.


A little bit slower, but it's good. Last attempt. Pretty good, I'll give


you that. That was 130 degrees. Another 15 minutes of practice and


you'll have it. I'd say another 20 years. Thank you very much, enjoy


the rest of your weekend. I might keep this bike, it quite suits me,


doesn't it? Aside from all the amazing race is taking place across


the weekend there is loads to see and loads to do for spectators which


is why I've come here to Green Park to find out if Zac Lee what makes up


this festival of cycling. -- find out exactly what makes up this


festival. There he is, Andre Burn up there. There are world records to be


broken right here. What was the plan here today? My plan was to come here


and break three Guinness world records before 10am. Before


breakfast! How did it go? I broke three Guinness world records! Of


course you did. Look at that. RideLondon is a good event? It's


absolutely brilliant for the kids, they can get involved. You cheated!


I've only gone and found the old Street velodrome. Come on.


He's fast. Are you ready? Oh, yeah. Set? Go. Ooh, that's not fair! We


come every year and it's great to get round London, see the sights,


get up close with the monuments and buildings and let kids run free.


What makes this event so special? First of all it is family oriented


so anybody can participate. You don't have to be fit, even if you


don't have a cycle, you can just enjoy the festival. So it suits


anybody. This is what it's all about, riding the empty streets of


London. We have come up from Dover so we can have a good look around


for a couple of hours, it's brilliant. Look at him, he's asleep!


Where are you from? Germany. Nice! You just came for RideLondon? We


came yesterday, going back tomorrow, just riding the free cycle event.


STUDIO: Here's another group coming in on The Mall, sprinting finish.


Every cycling discipline covered here. BMX, we've seen, road cycling,


mountain biking, stump cycling, there's even a pop-up velodrome in


Green Park. Just wonderful to see everybody embracing the cycling,


here. All of the finishers in the 100 and


the new event, 46 mile ride, for those perhaps a bit intimidated by


the 100 miles, will receive one of these on four medals. The 46 mile


medal has been designed by Sir Bradley Wiggins, wonderful to


receive one of those after all of your efforts, months of training and


obviously taking part here in London. All of these riders of


course taking part for the reasons, many for net fitness or charity but


all of them with their own special stories to tell. When you're a kid,


your dad is a hero. No one stronger, greater or braver than your dad. But


there are hero Samaras superheroes. -- and there are superheroes. As you


grow up there are hundreds of stories you can tell about the Tom


Jewell that made you laugh, make you strong, made you feel safe. -- about


the times your dad made you laugh. That is how it was for us. That was


always a superhero. But one day we would learn even a superhero can


fall. He just wasn't the old Dad and as soon as we started to lose him,


Christmas is not making the jokes, it is a response among close to you


does that. He was getting depressed. Is only real hobby and his only form


of enjoyment was food. Open your eyes for me. There we go. 'S I was


next to a guy who was also having something removed, he had his foot


removed and I thought it cannot be because of diabetes. Things changed


and I think at that point we got together and said, are we prepared


to lose the foot, just a two year life span, we did not, to happen so


we said, let's do what we can. If there is anything we can find that


can help us show the world we can fix this thing let's go for it.


When we started there was not an exercise could become could not run


or walk but cycling was something where he could really get the


adrenaline and the pulse going at the endorphins going. We started a


project, early 2014, I was still running on a stage. We even got up


to ten or 15 miles and I was still running to help them along. He was


not keeping up with me. Then Dad suddenly after two or three months


started to colourway. The surprising thing was it called on that quickly.


It was the only exercise I could really do. -- it caught one.


Suddenly it gave me freedom, I was out there and able to do whatever I


wanted and go where I wanted, it was fantastic. You were on the verge of


potentially losing your foot, do you put that down to the cycling, is


that the reason why you are still here? I would say, the cycling is


basically my early form of exercise, if I had not been doing that then


yes I probably would not even be here. Have you done your warm up? We


would love to say this is it, you can reverse type two diabetes and in


our hearts we believe that it is about diet, largely, and we monitor


his carbohydrate intake. What a fantastic transformation. What far,


being question Mark Hampton Court? There is no reverse gear, since the


of attack as long as he does not go all the way back. What can we take


from this? The legacy will be fixing other people, RideLondon are helping


us with this. We will be doing in that year as well. We are in 2017,


just long as you know! We will be mental and people, if there is


something with a health problem, we want to be there to release


documents that journey. Do you think anybody can do it if you can? I


would not be that fold. It is possible for anyone to improve their


health in some way or another. Just give yourself small steps and it is


amazing how inspiring it is. Truly inspirational character, Geoff


, I met them a couple of years ago, they were blowing us away and our


man who has been inspired by this, the event director, first of all


congratulations on a wonderful event that tell us about how this has


moved you, this story. Next year a very special Fixing challenge. The


story is amazing, what we are doing is anybody that enters the event


next year, the ballot opens on August eight, in eight days, anybody


can take the box to say they want to be fixed, their mum, dad, a friend.


Then we will pick four people and Geoff and his son will help them and


follow them on their journey to hopefully fixing them to taking part


in next year in Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. So that is


August eight, the ballot opens, if you are inspired by that story if


you would want to take part in the Geoff challenge you can do that on


the website. And also registered to take part in the 100 or the 46. You


are taking part in the 46 mile right and you have stopped off en route.


Not sure if I'm taking part but I'm following them around! We just sent


off the thousands, the 46 is a new event this year to inspire people


onto two wheels, this is a legacy event from the Olympics will stop we


believe we have already inspired up to 100,000 new cyclist. It really is


a fantastic vigour to have got through. Major part of why we are


doing this. We were predicting 24,000 maybe, you think there is


maybe 30,000 today? Just over 27,000 registered for the 100 and just


under 3000 for the 46. Starters will be about 29,500, maybe just under


30. It is remarkable to see how many of them finish. Absolutely, one of


the weird statistics, if you cross the start line you are more likely


to finish than if you just pick up your number. More people drop out


between the Kingman number up and getting to the start line. Four


years ago when the started could you ever believe it would be this


successful? We are delighted, the team has put in the huge amount of


work. Enormous support from the Mayor of London, transport for


London, and London needs people to get onto two wheels. The nation,


riches pollution, it is a legacy from 2012. We are welcoming Chris


Froome later, we have four of the five British team from Rio in 2016.


This is really the true legacy of London 9012. People getting


inspired. On Friday a BMX riding exhibition in the Villa Park with


six-year-old girls. It was amazing. You will be desperate to get back on


your bike, David Millar will take off on it otherwise. Enjoy the rest


of your day. We will catch up with more of the riders now because I


think Tim is out at Newlands Corner. Jess and the sun is shining.


Glorious day here. Around 46 miles in is the ultimate pit stop where


you can relieve yourself of a few fluids, visit the content of fluids


and some energy. If you swing around some volunteers here from the Air


Cadets. How are you doing up here. It has been really good. It is busy


at times. It is really good. Normally at above the eye cannot


stop myself but have you been snacking away? We take our own


nipples but we are trying to leave it to the cyclists. You do not want


your energy levels to be up there. This gentleman here, how are we


doing? Not bad. Does it feel like halfway? It does, just stops to help


out an accident. Oh dear. All the best. Get on your way. Enjoy the


rest of your ride. The sun shining, there you go. As we said Newlands


Corner, it was heaving a little while ago, they are coming through


in waves. No doubt a lot of this refreshment will be very much


welcomed by a lot of the riders. Beautiful day. I will get back on


the motorbike and get into the next. We will hear more from him later. As


we said so men need riding for good causes and this year the official


charity is well child. First of all he had to be


transferred to Leeds and then he had to come home. You have a whole set


of consultants and dieticians and physios and everybody at all the hay


and then the same people at Leeds and the same people at home, that is


loved people. So we have a multidisciplinary team meeting where


everybody attends. That is when we started to get involved with well


child. Elaine was fabulous, she helped us with the training and


holding our hand with the whole thing. It is a language you don't


understand. How would you possibly think through things like what if


you're driving along and Noah is in the back and he stops breathing


which Mark you have to resuscitate them. -- and was breathing?. Safety


consultants being around you and going from bad to being by yourself


that is the scariest bit by far. I ran the London Marathon last year


for WellChild to raise some funds. And I'm doing it this year with


RideLondon and those things are nothing in comparison. The prospect


of riding 100 miles is not scary for May. -- for me.


They have a forum called the forum WellChild family tree. Linking


parents in similar situations. It is a closed forum so you can talk


freely about anything, any concerns you might have, it might be schools,


you have been up all night, or if you are just having a rubbish day.


Sometimes it is really pants. Noah inspires me.


He is five now, just winning an award at school for being the most


cheerful child. He is a pleasure to be with. He is slightly


developmentally lead, he spent the first year of his life lying down so


things like muscle tone is hard to build up. But he takes steps on his


own man, he eats all his food himself will


I would say in the next couple of years 95% sure they will be able to


take the track your to Michu out. Everything he has been through --


tracking up tracheotomy tube out. If he can go


through the operations and hardships he has had them 100 miles, 200


miles, it is nothing in comparison. Every time it is hurting, when I'm


training, I think it is nothing compared so I just suck it up.


Lots more finishers coming over the line. This gentleman has just


crossed with a flat tire. He has come from Belgium and he knows a


thing or two about bike racing. As you get a quick drink of water. You


owned a Tour of Flanders, is that right? Yeah, yeah, yeah, we try to


organise things, yes. David Miller says that is the greatest one-day


race in the world according to David Miller. How does this compared with


your experiences in Belgium? This was a super, super ride. I really


enjoyed it. The organisation was perfect. It was strange, this


morning I woke up at 4:20am, at 5am through London to the start, and it


was a beautiful, beautiful race. You could do the city in the morning,


and then the sun was coming up, and then the beautiful landscape. And I


was good on the flat. And I suffered on the hills. Like most of the


people. But I really enjoyed it. I'm an ex-pro bike racer, and the Tour


of Flanders was the most fun to do. Is it surprisingly for you to see


how popular cycling is in the UK? I came specially here to see it


because I heard a lot about it, and I was here yesterday morning.


Because I also wanted to see all the parents and the little children in


the city. And it's really surprising for me. You don't have the tradition


like we have, but a part of that, it's really congratulations to the


organisation. I'm really surprised about that. And of course the Surrey


Classic this afternoon where we will have the elite men taking part,


including Chris Froome, the Tour de France winner. It now attracts some


of the biggest names in cycling, doesn't it? Yeah, and I think I was


here four years ago for the Olympic Games in London, and I saw the


one-day race. When I heard that they wanted to install a tradition, and


now we are four years later, and you already can say after four years


that that's a tradition. So really cycling needs this because we are


too Western European, we are too traditional, and we need


organisations like this, we need new ideas, and I will find them here.


I'm going to let you go because I think you probably need to rehydrate


and get your puncture fixed. Listen, it's great to see you, thanks for


coming over and joining in. Thanks for giving me some water, and enjoy


it, and congregants to everybody here. Coming back next year. Thank


you very much. Great to see. This race attracts people from all over


the world, and wonderful to see somebody like that involved with one


of the biggest races in the calendar coming to join in. It's phenomenal,


for him to say he's coming here to get ideas. I grew up bike racing,


and the owner of the Tour of Flanders saying that, it's credit to


everybody here. They are still out on the course and we can see


pictures of riders going up Box Hill. You know all about going up


Box Hill, not only did you write a Surrey Classic in its inaugural


year, but you were part of the British team in the Olympics four


years ago. Yeah, I was road captain, and it was the first model Ellie


medal event. In hindsight probably the greatest ever British Cycling


team with Sir Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, Mark Cavendish, Ian Stannard


and me, the old guy. It was, for me, probably the most incredible day of


bike racing. We couldn't talk to each other, how noisy it was with


the cheering. It was disappointing we could not win but all the same it


will stay with us. Indeed. Oxhill, as we say, people making their way


up there. You guys flew up it. Some might be struggling a little bit


today but I'm sure they will make it. Let's find out what is happening


at Newlands Corner with Tim. Right, well, you are probably


wondering why I'm dressed like this. That's because I'm going to get out


and amongst it. I've got Stewart over here on the bike. He's


basically going to... Ooh, sorry, we very nearly fell over, that could


have been extremely embarrassing. We are going to get amongst it and see


what's happening. Thank you very much. We will catch up with you guys


when we are out on the road. All right, I'm ready, when we are in


gear. I was told that I needed to get fit


and stay fit to help me fight the condition. I cycled up the Galibier


which was an amazing achievement. When I said I would do it I was in


hospital and couldn't feel anything from my ribs down. I saw somebody


with a lovely cycling jersey and I said I wanted one. We booked to go


on holiday the next summer and I cycled up there. That was the first


time I'd done anything when I'd completely forgotten I have MS. I'm


fitter now than I have been in the last 20 years. In fact I think I'm


fitter now than I ever have been. So having MS has been a good thing in


some respects, if you want to look at the positive side of it. And is


cycling something now that perhaps doctors or people curing MS or


looking to cure and treat MS, they can look at cycling and say,


actually you should try cycling? Well yeah, I would hope so. It's not


done me any harm so far. So it's done me a lot of good. Ayew


conscious that perhaps you could be a bit of the leading light when it


comes to MS saying, look guys, get on the bike, get fit and healthy?


That hadn't actually occurred to me when I started doing it. Everybody


is different. With MS, we have bad days and good days, and so far with


my training and everything I've been OK. When people hear that you've got


MS they immediately assume that you are disabled, in a wheelchair. And


so this is me kind of saying not everybody is like that. So my


priorities have changed in life, my perspective on, you know, you've got


to do things whilst you can. When I'm cycling it's the only time that


I can truly forget that I have got MS. Otherwise it's in the back of my


mind constantly. You know, from a mental point of view, it's amazing.


It's a really good thing. I was told I needed to do lots more of what


makes me happy. And cycling makes me happy. White RideLondon? -- why?


It's just an amazing event. We went last year, and it was glorious


sunshine and the atmosphere was amazing. I just thought, I'd really


like to do that. I'm really looking forward to the day and being part of


it all and hopefully getting to the end. Really looking forward to that.


If you have a message to any other MS sufferers, what would it be? Get


out there and cycle if you can. Just because you have got MS does not


mean to say you cannot do these things. If all these amazing people


don't inspire you to get on a bike, I don't know what will. Amazing to


hear the stories of people raising funds today, David. I think ?29


million to date has been raised by RideLondon. ?12 million raised last


year for good causes and that will probably be smashed this year.


Phenomenal, very much like the London Marathon, it becomes more


than participation and fitness, it is doing it for a good cause. And it


gives a reason to doing things, the fact it is actually benefiting


people that need it, I think it's a great thing. Humbling, isn't it. You


were in action last night, when to you? Let's take a look at the


Brompton World Championship scum here we go. Take us to the assembly,


last year you had a complete nightmare. Yeah, I only recently got


into the Brompton bikes and I was hopeless. I was there for about


another half hour trying to unfold my bike last time. You can see the


pride in I could just unfold it. I could not clip in which was a bit


embarrassing. Last year I was overtaken by Napoleon. That wasn't


even the Finnish! That was just me trying to get there. First time I've


raced a bike in a couple of years. It was fantastic. That is Mark


Ensley winning, his third World Championship. He won here on The


Mall last year, so it was great to see him finish. Doctor Michael


Hutchinson, who we saw in one of the shots, finished in the top ten or


12, and I think you crossed the line 21st. I'm very happy with that, I


won't lie. When I saw the results, 21st for me is an accomplishment,


and it's the first time I've been in a race for two years. The comeback


trail begins here. The fact you could assemble the bike is a move


forward. The best bit about last year, as you failed to assemble you


buy, you put your hand up, expecting a mechanic to come and help you but


that's not how it works in the Brompton World Championship is.


You've been spoiled for far too many years. I'm going to call in another


champion, Michelle Gilmore, former Commonwealth champion, just finished


the 100. There I ask you to take your sunglasses off? I'm sure my


eyes are red because I've gone beyond my limits today. How was it?


Really tough. Some days you have good days, some days you have bad


guys. I went out with a fast group for the first half of the race, we


got into the hills, and the rest of the right was extremely hard. But


you did incredibly well. We thought you might just get in before we went


off air but you have come in with loads of time. I just kept pushing


to get here to the finish. I think it was a bit optimistic of me to


think it would be a good day after the last month that I've had. I had


a crash and broke a few ribs and my wrist, and got this gastric thing,


kidney stones, everything was against me. But I could not miss


this. Health needs to come first but this only comes around once a year


and it's an amazing experience. Even in a world of pain it was just


really great to be out there and see all the people and hear people make


comments about the Wiggle High5 team in the women's race last night. I'm


tired I was out there. A tough competitor. What was the atmosphere


like a monster riders? Everybody in the groups I was in wanted to do


their best time, work together, and it was just a real challenge. That's


what it's about for these guys riding at the front. I went off


early with the serious guys that really wanted to push themselves. So


a lot of teamwork and a lot of people know the course, sharing


what's coming up. So yeah, just out there to see how they can do on the


day. And it's hot. Must have been important to rehydrate. You know


about riding in all sorts of conditions but many of these riders


will never have gone this distance in this heat. I knew the feed zones


would be chaotic on a hot day so I took an extra bottle and I had five


bottles before I started, so I was well hydrated. I got through to big


bottles on my bike and a big bottle on my back. Having five bottles


before I started really helped as well. I'll let you properly


rehydrate, we will call on your services later during the elite mens


rea is coming up later with the top teams from all over the world --


elite men's race. Including a team from Rwanda, the biggest event they


have ever entered, and we caught up with their team and manager


yesterday as they enjoyed free cycle. Some of the youngest talent


we have, right at the age approaching the time where they will


turn professional. The bicycle is a huge part of random culture. As a


sport, as racing, it is still in its infancy -- Rwandan culture. It is


growing in popularity every day. Part of the reason we are in the UK


doing things like RideLondon is so they get a better understanding of


what being a professional cyclist really means. Projection or the idea


of what that is from East Africa is not always accurate. This will be a


good opportunity for them to see what it really entails. We are


looking at the best riders in the world. This is a really elite field.


I think they are just tickled pink just to line up with these guys. My


tactic in the race, I go riding with Chris Froome. My tactic is to be


front of the peloton, not dropped. The first tactic is to be happy


riding with Chris Froome, the winner of the Tour de France, is one thing


for me. We hope to make it as deep into the race as possible. A couple


of them have the potential to see it all the way through to the end in


reasonable placing. And if we can achieve that it will be successful


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Get Inspired and get active will more finishers coming in now, all


about going get their medals after a wonderful ride through Surrey.


Couple of them have finished already and joined me now, Lindsay and


Alicia. Look at these, wow. I will ask you. They are huge. How was it?


It was amazing, it was awesome. And there we go. It was fantastic,


really fast, but organisers, good weather. The build-up to this race,


are you both keen cyclists or something new? I am very keen, also


a keen race, I was racing yesterday in the Masters. Not as well as I


went today. I probably should not have said that. I knew you would


ask. But it was a pretty hard season so I'm coming into this quite tired


that I love the event and I love obviously riding through my hometown


so I was super it cited to come down. And what about you, is a


question mark -- excited. My second road race, I mostly do time trials,


and it is exciting to be in such a big peloton going so quickly through


the countryside. I need to do more of this. Great atmosphere out there.


You can see from people's faces as they crossed the line. When you are


the first people there was not so many crowds, we were going out at


630, but we still got some cheers. At 6am there were not many people.


You must be happy with your time. If you left at 6am, four hours? That's


right. Really pleased. We will let you go and get something to drink


and relax, get something to eat after your fabulous efforts but


let's find out about some of the other riders still out there, Tim


somewhere amongst them. We are coming up on a bunch, they


are on the right hand side. Quick word with them, 53 miles on, how are


we doing, all right? Another smile on the face. And she alongside.


Jane, how are you? Great ride so far. 53 miles in, does it feel like


that but you might it definitely does. But you cannot ask better


weather. Looking forward to the hills ahead. There are no hills,


that is the best way to approach this. I think denial is the best


way. I have to say you look very composed, we will leave you there,


thank you very much, enjoy the rest of your ride. The general consensus


about getting here, lots of smiles, lots of love, everybody having a


really good time. What a day, what they view, beautiful villages in the


English countryside, fantastic. Thanks, Tim, more from you later. In


the few hours we will be witnessing the finish of the RideLondon Surrey


Classic, the elite men's raise, 200 km which finishes here on the Mount


's afternoon. -- race. Coverage from 1pm. Then the final three hours of


that race, live coverage on BBC One from 3:30pm. Stellar line-up


including of course Chris Froome and another British rider who won here


couple of years ago and I have to say Adam Blythe tipped by none other


than Chris Hoy to perhaps win this one. Adam Blythe launches his


attack! Live is going to take it. Brilliant,


I watched it for the first time the other day and it was really


emotional, brilliant. We will say. This year is by far my best year I


have had. Peter is the most relaxed and confident person on the bike and


that feeds round to everybody in the team. It has been a special Classic


season. It has been a great year. Adam Blythe of Tinkoff-Saxo takes


the win from Cavendish. I think my first ride in the nationals I would


like to do well, when I put the jersey on tomorrow I will be proud,


I might never wear the national jersey again. Etixx-Quick-Step have


their full Classic steam, it will be full gas. It will not be controlled


so much. Swift says he's not going well but am sure he will be. Tom


Boonen in good form. I body will be in great form, getting there. I


think it is a case of who will be in great form. We have a great team,


the British cycling team, doubted, strong as Notts. Dan McLay who is


firing this year. -- Dowsett. We will work together to make sure


neither of us are missing the move and make sure we are there. --


strong as an ox. It should be easier than just riding for one person.


Adam Blythe, of course he won here two years ago, his team's not here,


he is riding as part of the Team GB, but certainly one of the favourites.


Out sprinting Ben Swift a couple of years ago. I think for Adam Blythe


as reigning national champion it is an amazing opportunity. I think


every single British rider, does not matter what race you do, this will


be massive. For Adam Blythe it means a lot. For every single British


rider it will be one of their biggest days of the year. He


mentioned Ben Swift, great friend and the silly rival. Not just in the


best of form. He says himself he is not sure if he is on for this one.


You can ride it tactically. Oh rider Robert Taman Swifty has you can


still pull something out. I would not put it past him. It has usually


come down to a small selection sprinting for the finish. Not a huge


bunch sprint. Any it once, I loved it and it has the facility to be a


Classic because there is that section in the middle where if the


race goes hard, the peloton decides, they can rip it to pieces and then


the top of Box Hill, it can whittle down and it becomes proper bike


race. I would like to see that. Big names, Andrei Greipel and Chris


Froome. Great to have the yellow jersey in the race. So pleased Team


Sky have brought him here. Chris Froome will realise how important it


is. Back out to Tim on the course. Thank you, we have Mark, where are


you from? Greenwich, who are you riding for? My daughter Ivy and the


mitochondrial disease foundation, Lily. Great cause, raising lots of


dosh. Well done. You are enjoying the day? Fantastic fun, good


weather. My pleasure to tell you you are over halfway. Just that more


hill ahead. You are interviewing people going up the hill? We will go


up further ahead and hopefully not distract you too much. A little over


halfway. There is a gentleman off his bike there with a flat tire.


Absolute shocker to have at the bottom of the hill. Thoroughly


enjoying it. Some more finishers coming in. We


have our hearts and our malls every time somebody takes their hands off


the handlebars. It puts the fear of God into me, I can see them face


planting and we have to hop over the barriers to help. Listen to me, keep


your hands on the handlebars at all times. Especially at the finish, was


a timing strip. The last thing you want to do is finish 100 miles an


crash. On your face. Anyway, so far, so good. We mentioned him already,


star of the moment of course, Chris Froome, taking part in the Surrey


Classic later this afternoon. It is good to be able to open up before we


jump on the flight tomorrow morning for Rio. This will be the last big


hit out before we fly over. Yes, we have a pretty competitive team here


so it would be good to try to fight for the victory. There we are, Chris


Froome in action later and we will hear more from him ahead of that


coverage of the Surrey Classic. As you say, great to have him here.


Perhaps the lady who lives in the big house at the end might be


casting an eye over him after all he has achieved. He might be picking up


something in the next couple of years? You never know. I hope so for


him because I think what he has achieved, not only up to now but


this year especially the Tour de France and think was a lesson for


everyone in how not to give up. His desire to win really shone through.


And the fact he is here today. People like him and yourself,


Bradley Wiggins, that have inspired so many of these people. I think it


is the combination, every talks about the legacy of the Olympics but


this is one of the few events that has really carried through. The


tawdry Yorkshire as well. -- Tour of Yorkshire as well. We will leave you


to get ready to get on the motorbike to join the ride is this afternoon.


We will see you back here this afternoon. Goodbye.


Follow all the fun and action as some 26,000 keen cyclists take part in RideLondon-Surrey 100. Setting off from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the event has been dubbed a marathon on wheels and has established itself as one of the best organised, mass participation cycling events in the world to date and has raised more than £29 million for charity.

The live show gets out and about with the riders on the 100-mile closed road course to see how they are faring, whilst there is also the chance to hear some of the inspiring stories behind their motivation to compete.

The programme also focuses on the 3,500 riders taking place in the 46-mile new sportive for novice riders as well as the Classique, Handcycle, youth and BMX races.

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