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.
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.
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.
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.
David O’Connor, 36, will take on the Prudential RideLondon 100 race and hopes to raise £750 for Brentford FC’s Community Sports Trust.
Ruth Cadbury MP
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.”
Are you taking part in the RideLondon Surrey race weekend? Get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.