Journey London, uk

  • Venue: London, uk, England
  • Time: 2-3 Aug

Insurance coverage: Weekend, 4 August survive BBC A single (16: 30), BBC Sport website, mobiles, tablets and Connected TVs.

A few of the world’s best cyclists will take for the roads of London, uk this weekend for your inaugural RideLondon.

But a leading female bicyclist has been critical from the organisers’ decision to host an elite mens road race although not an equivalent for females.

“It doesn’t fulfil the Olympic heritage, ” said Britain’s Helen Wyman, the Western european cyclo-cross success.

Organisers said hello was “logistically impossible” to keep two elite street races in the first year of the occasion.

However they added the plan would be reviewed after a post-event debrief this season “to ascertain how we can grow the big event further and be sure we get this the world’s best cycling festival”.

Rather than a road competition, women will have a criterium on Saturday (at 18: 30 BST) : one of four activities which form the two-day cycling festivity, which
forms component of London’s Olympic heritage.

Close to 100 female bikers, including Olympians Laura Trott, Dani Ruler and Naturligvis Rowsell, and also Wyman, can compete on a exclusive 1 . 3-mile road circuit, known as a criterium, about Buckingham Palace and Saint James’s Park.

The men will be in action on Weekend, within the 140-mile Surrey Classic (12: 45 BST), that will feature around 150 of the world’s top male bike riders.


Slovakia’s Peter Sagan, who beat Mark Cavendish of winning the green jersey for the points category at the Tour disse France, will require part, since will British veteran driver Brian Millar.

The particular festival opens having an eight-mile ride through central London, where roads will be shut for up to 70, 000 people to participate.

After that on Sunday, about 20, 000 amateur cyclists – including famous people for example
three-time Wimbledon success Boris Becker : will take part inside a 100-mile challenge through Surrey to the capital.

Speaking to BBC Game, Wyman, thirty-two, additional: “It’s regrettable, it’s a disgrace that they have the criterium (a short round race) for the females but a really amazing road race for your men altsÃ¥.

“Cycling grew to become really big in the last two or three years due to what Bradley Wiggins and Lizzie Armitstead have done. Individuals who are new to the sport don’t see inequalities why enforce these types of inequalities by not treating men and women since equivalent?

“It’s reinforcing the idea that can certainly cycling is not actually a professional sport when it genuinely is. It’s really sad. inches

Event movie director, Hugh Brasher, said: “The logistics and challenge of putting on the biggest inaugural mass participation cycling event on the planet has been huge. The particular complexities of getting 30, 000 riders in regards to 100-mile course that four-and-a-half hours later includes a UCI ranked expert race chasing them lower, means that without even further street closures it will be logistically difficult to fit within competition.

“This will be the first year from the event and believe that made an excellent begin. Over 23% from the riders within the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 are women. This is the highest percentage of women riders inside a [sporting event] of the nature ever.

“The top notch women’s criterium race is the greatest field available ever to race in the united kingdom and have 14 world champions, 4 Olympic and 5 Paralympic champions competing this past weekend. inches

A month ago, several female bike riders
authorized a petition, which currently has more than 70, 000 signatures, to resurrect the women’s Tour de France, that was held among 1984 and 2009 just before sponsorship problems contributed to the event’s death.

However , it was lately announced that from next year
the actual Tour of Britain might have a five-day international women’s competition, an initial step towards a full women’s version.