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21/05/12 Cycling Festival - Expecting 35,000 Cyclists

Boris Johnson’s cycle revolution will make its way to Surrey next year for a festival that is expected to bring up to 35,000 cyclists to the county. The Mayor of London outlined plans for London and Surrey to host the ambitious event in a speech to business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

A launch event to celebrate the announcement was also held in London.

Denise Saliagopoulos, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games said: “We are delighted to be working with London to build on the 2012 Olympic legacy.

“The festival will add to Surrey’s growing reputation as a top cycling destination. It will drive tourism, boost the Surrey economy and I’m sure people will love the chance to get involved in such an exciting event.”

The first day of the festival will involve a family fun ride for up to 70,000 cyclists on an eight mile loop of roads around London’s iconic landmarks.

On the second day, up to 35,000 amateur and world class elite cyclists will tackle a 100-mile course that will begin in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and be based on much of the route of the Olympic road race, incorporating the county of Surrey.

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