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Surrey back in world cycling spotlight with new summer race announced

PUBLISHED: 14:54 07 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:41 20 February 2013

Surrey back in world cycling spotlight with new summer race announced

Surrey back in world cycling spotlight with new summer race announced

As part of the London 2012 Olympic legacy, Surrey will be at the heart of British cycling again this summer with thousands of professional and amateur cyclists set for our county's roads.

As part of the London 2012 Olympic legacy, Surrey will be at the heart of British cycling again this summer with thousands of professional and amateur cyclists set for our countys roads.

Boris Johnson confirmed today that the routes of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey100 and Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday August 4 will travel deep into Surrey, taking in Richmond Park, Kingston, Weybridge, Ripley, Newlands Corner, Leith Hill, Box Hill and Cobham along the way.

Following the superhuman efforts of our Team GB cyclists last year, thousands of cycling enthusiasts, both experienced and amateur, riding a fantastic route through the streets of our fine city is surely a fitting legacy, said Boris.

While the Prudential RideLondonSurrey 100 will be open to amateur and club riders, with 55,000 people having alreadyenteredvia ballot, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic will see cyclists from elite mens racing.

Instead of Box Hill, the central challenge of the RideLondon-Surreycourse for the professionalswill bethree ascents of the National Trust managed Leith Hill, the highest point in south east England.

The Zig-Zag Road at Box Hill became known worldwide as an iconic symbol of the 2012 games and so we are delighted to be supporting this international cycling event, says Andy Wright, National Trust countryside manager for the Surrey Hills.

The route crosses National Trust sites at Headley Heath, Leith Hill and Box Hill. We know from our experience with the Olympics that it is possible to balance the needs of top class sport, visitor enjoyment and nature conservation."

This new cycling event joins The Tour of Britain cycle race, which will be returning to Surrey for the second year in September.

Are you a keen cycling fan who can't wait for another summer of pelotons and podiums or a motoristor local residentleft in horror about the thought of Surreys roads welcoming crowds of cyclists again? Share your views below or e-mail

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