The world’s greatest festival of cycling returns over the weekend of 1-2nd August, where over 95,000 cyclists will be participating in a number of exciting events – including X Factor winner Sam Bailey and sports star Jonathan Edwards.

The Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle will see an eight mile loop of roads around Central London closed to regular traffic, enabling cyclists of all ages and abilities to take a free, safe spin in exciting areas of the city. You can come along by registering here or turning up on the day in areas including Westminster, Wandsworth, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets and many more.

The Grand Prix event will take place on the same day in St James’s Park, with races for young Olympic hopefuls and professional female cyclists.

Sunday the 2nd of August will celebrate the legacy created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. The world’s top 150 male cyclists will be participating so feel free to come along and cheer them on.

If you don’t fancy cycling in any of the events you can always come along to support family and friends. Here are the locations to watch and cheer them on from:

Saturday, 1st August:

Head to St James’s Park where racers will be heading towards Buckingham Palace, through to Birdcage Walk before taking a 90-degree left-hand turn into Horse Guards Road. The final left turn at the end of Horse Guards Road brings them back onto The Mall for a spectacular finish at Buckingham Palace.

Three events will be taking place on Sunday, 2nd August. Here are the best places to watch the action:

  • The riverside of Kingston upon Thames is a great location as it’s the only town on the route which the cyclists ride through twice. (When the riders will arrive: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100: 07:00-16:20, Prudential RideLondon Handcycle: 08:30 and Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic: 14:00 and 17:50)
  • You could join the Hampton Wick Festival which will be taking place on the high street, where the pub and café will be open to serve cheering spectators. The cyclists will be there from 7:00.
  • For other exciting locations, see the Prudential RideLondon website.