A new sportive has been announced that will take in many of the venues for the 2012 Olympic Games. The inaugural 115-mile Ride Around London will take place on Sunday 25 September and is being organised by Access Sport, in association with Andy Cook Cycling.
Cook, a cycle-tour veteran and current president of the UCI’s Commission for Cycling For All, was involved in designing the route. “With this being our first year, what we wanted was to create an iconic route that would have a legacy in the years to come,” he said.
Starting at Herne Hill, the home of the 1948 Olympic track cycling event, riders will cycle up Box Hill, a focal point of next year’s road race. From there, they’ll take in the North Downs, Great Windsor Park, Eton Dorney – home of the 2012 rowing event – and the Chilterns, before finishing at the Lee Valley White Water Centre, which will host the Olympic canoe slalom.
The event will help raise funds to build sports clubs for young people in disadvantaged communities in the city. Places are limited so early sign-up is advised. To register, visit the Access Sport website.