London Cycling Event Will Disrupt Capital Roads Through Tomorrow

Roads and bridges will be shut across wide swathes of London this weekend as thousands of cyclists take control of the streets in a series of sporting events.

Prudential RideLondon 2013 will affect transit routes in east, central and southwest London, as well as parts of Surrey, from today to tomorrow evening. The event will be the largest of its kind since last year’s Summer Olympics road race.

“If you plan to drive in the affected areas over the weekend, you’ll need to plan your route carefully or consider using Tube or rail services,” Transport for London said in an e-mailed statement yesterday.

Traffic disruption will be “fairly light” today, with some closures in central London, and Southwark and Westminster bridges will be closed to vehicles from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday’s events will result in more substantial disorder. Information about disruptions, including maps, is available on the TFL website.

The event has four components, with two each day. A family-friendly, mass participation “FreeCycle” bike ride is scheduled for today, along with a junior, hand-cycle and professional women “Grand Prix.”

On Sunday, 20,000 amateur cyclists will ride a 100-mile route in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, and professional cyclists will race an extended 140-mile route that retraces parts of last year’s Olympic course.

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