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Locog: London-Surrey Cycle Classic 'to go ahead'

Mark Cavendish
Image caption Mark Cavendish is due to take part in the London-Surrey Cycle Classic

A cycling event in Surrey will go ahead despite concerns about police resources after rioting around England, organisers have said.

Riots have taken place since Saturday, stretching police resources and leading to the cancellation of several football fixtures.

But a spokesman for the London Olympic Organising Committee (Locog) said on Wednesday it would go ahead.

He said: "Olympic test events are currently going ahead as planned."

'Dress rehearsal'

The London-Surrey Cycle Classic route takes cyclists from The Mall, through west London and then out to Surrey and back.

In total, the men's race will be 240km (150 miles) and the women's 130km (80 miles).

The route includes two circuits of Box Hill, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

British Tour de France star Mark Cavendish is due to take part.

The event is a dress rehearsal for next year's Olympic Road Race, which will take place on 28 and 29 July.

Following nights of rioting, Carling Cup matches at Charlton, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Bristol City, were postponed at the request of the police

A friendly game between England and Holland at Wembley on Wednesday was also called off

A decision on whether to postpone any of the three Premiership football fixtures in London this weekend will be made on Thursday.

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