The RideLondon Surrey cycling race weekend is nearly upon us, and will see thousands of spectators take to the streets to watch the action.

The world's most famous cyclists will race through west London in the Prudential RideLondon Surrey Classic on Sunday July 31 before lopping round through the Surrey countryside and back to The Mall to finish.

But as well as the pros taking to the roads, the extended three-day cycling extravaganza also allows amateur cyclists to get involved, with several races taking place on Saturday and Sunday, including the RideLondon Surrey 100.

The 100-mile course follows much of the Classic route, starting in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and also ending in The Mall in central London.

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getwestlondon has spoken to some of those taking part in the 100-miler, and got to the bottom of the reasons why they are taking on the challenge.

Bernard Bunting

Fulham cycling Bernard Bunting is taking part in his fourth RideLondon event

A cyclist from Fulham is taking part in his fourth RideLondon event to raise money for the Rainbow Trust Children's Charity, which supports families caring for a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.

The 58-year-old aims to complete RideLondon in 4hrs 20mins, which is almost four hours less than his original time in 2013.

Read Bernard's full story here, where you can also make a donation to his cause.

Nigel Wakefield

Nigel Wakefield will be taking on the London bike ride

A man from Pinner is gearing up to take on the Prudential Ride London event on July 31 for the Michael Sobell hospice in Northwood .

Nigel Wakefield is cycling the 100-mile event in memory of his father who received care at the hospice before losing his battle with cancer in 2008.

For Nigel's full story and how you can help him meet his £500 fundraising target, click here.

David O'Connor

David O’Connor, meeting and events sales manager at Holiday Inn London – Brentford Lock and Andrew Bell, Corporate Partnerships and Events Manager at Brentford FC Community Sports Trust

A hotel manager from Ealing will be pedalling in a gruelling 100-mile cycle ride in aid of a much-loved community sports service in Brentford .

David O’Connor, 36, will take on the Prudential RideLondon 100 race and hopes to raise £750 for Brentford FC’s Community Sports Trust.

Read David's full story here, and find out how to help him hit his fundraising target.

Ruth Cadbury MP

MP Ruth Cadbury with cycling team pedalling for Brentford FC Community Sports Trust

Ruth Cadbury MP for Brentford and Isleworth will be one of 27 riders on a cycling team raising funds for a local sports trust, at Prudential RideLondon this weekend.

On Sunday (July 31) she will be pedalling for Brentford FC Community Sports Trust (CST), in a bright yellow kit emblazoned with the Brentford FC badge as part of a peleton relay team along with staff and coaches from the Sports Trust and Brentford FC Board.

Ms Cadbury who has worked with the Sports Trust since it was founded 29 years ago, said: “They do fantastic work providing a range of sports and other opportunities to local young people, particularly youngsters who otherwise would not get the opportunities they offer.

“I’m particularly impressed with the work they do on estates such as Haverfield and Ivybridge providing positive activities.”

Donate to Ruth Cadbury's RideLondon fundraising page

Are you taking part in the RideLondon Surrey race weekend? Get in touch by emailing pete.bryant@trinitymirror.com.