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Prepare for a weekend of cycling

By Bridget Osborne

Prepare for a weekend of cycling 30 July 2019

This might mean – check out your bike, grease whatever bits might need greasing and do whatever cyclists do when preparing for a long ride. Or it might mean remembering to avoid Chiswick Bridge next weekend.

More than 100,000 riders are expected to participate in seven separate events over the weekend, ranging from families pootling around central London, enjoying being able to cycle round Trafalgar Square in peace on Saturday, to the some of the top cyclists in the world flashing past west London in record time on Sunday. Either way, do not let it come to you as a horrible surprise that Hammersmith flyover, Great West Rd and Hogarth roundabout westbound, and  Burlington Lane / Great Chertsey Rd and Chiswick Bridge will be closed from 05.00am on Sunday morning until about 12.15pm.

The A4 eastbound will remain open, but the organisers’ advice is: ‘Avoid driving in the affected areas unless absolutely necessary’. The route for the races on Sunday takes participants through west London from Hyde Park to Surrey, over Chiswick Bridge on the way out and Putney Bridge on the way back. Hammersmith Bridge is already closed as we know, so I’m guessing Kew Bridge is going to be busy. See Ride London’s leaflet about road closures here.

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