This afternoon at the World Economic Forum in Davos, London Mayor Boris Johnson will announce his plans to create a new annual cycling event in the capital.
The two-day festival has been pencilled for August 2013 and will be the first event to make use of the Olympic Park after it’s re-opening.
City Hall has big plans for the event, which it hopes will appeal to all Londoners.
Day one will see up to 70,000 cyclists take part in an eight mile loop that will take in many of the city’s most iconic landmarks. The entire circuit will be made on closed roads.
The second day will feature the more serious riders. London’s hardcore cyclists and those commuters with super-expensive carbon fibre racers will get the chance to find out how good they are as they go up against some of the world’s top professional riders and teams.
A field of up to 35,000 will be allowed to take part in what will be a 100-mile circuit. Riders will head south out of the capital and into Surrey – where they will follow the Olympic course – before heading back into town.
As well as bringing more visitors and potential job opportunities, this announcement is part of a wider strategy to ensure not only that London’s Olympic legacy is seen as something tangible for residents and not just political hot air, but to make the city more cycle friendly. According to statistics, cycling in the capital is up 15% over the last 12 months.
The festival’s announcement comes just days after Scout London brought you news of another new annual cycling event starting this year. The first London Revolution, a two-day, 180-mile lap of the capital, takes place this May.