RideLondon-Surrey 2018: New 19-mile event added for younger/newer cyclists
Younger and newer cyclists are being given an opportunity to take part in RideLondon-Surrey 2018 with the launch of a new 19-mile event.
The new ride - which is open to people 12 years and over - will start from Sandown Racecourse and take in the last section of the RideLondon-Surrey route.
Entries will be via ballot, which will close either when 4,000 entries are received or at 17:00 BST on 4 July.
It is one of eight RideLondon-Surrey events over the weekend of 28-29 July.
There are the two professional races, the Classic and Classique, as well as the 100-mile and 46-mile mass participation races, Grand Prix track races, family-friendly FreeCycle and Brompton World Championship final.
Over 100,000 cyclists are expected to participate.
Speaking about the new 19-mile event the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: "The RideLondon-Surrey 19 will be a great way of inspiring more people to take to two wheels.
"It is going to be a wonderful opportunity for less-experienced cyclists to ride through the world's greatest city on traffic-free roads.
"I am delighted that students from my old school [Ernest Bevin College] are among the first to sign-up."
Like the other RideLondon events on the Sunday, the 19-mile ride will finish on The Mall outside Buckingham Palace.
Young riders aged 12-16 years old will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult who is 18 years or over and must be able to demonstrate their cycling competence.