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Ride London cycle races fly past a deserted Wapping

Ride London cycle races fly past a deserted Wapping

Ride London cycle races flew past Wapping today at lightening speed as part of a weekend of cycling events to inspire London onto two wheels.

Roads closed, cutting Wapping off from 5am on Sunday 4th August, for the Surrey 100 bike ride, which London mayor, Boris Johnson completed and described as ‘unbelievable’.

Several hours later the pro cyclists whizzed past. Blink and you’d have missed them. We nearly did!

The London cycling event has been hailed a huge success by many, but for Wapping residents it was the second weekend in a row that they’ve been stranded, unable to get in or out of Wapping and many are asking if it’s fair.

Ride London, London-Surrey Classic passes Wapping

At 12:30pm on Sunday 4th August when we walked past, deserted roads around Wapping had been closed for almost seven hours and were remaining closed until the pro cycling event had passed:

The Highway in Wapping is closed for Ride London London-Surrey Classic

The Highway running along the north of Wapping is closed and deserted for Ride London London-Surrey Classic

 

Fire 'mini' at the top of Wapping Lane for Ride London cycle event

With traffic unable to enter in or out of Wapping, a Fire 'mini' patrols at the top of Wapping Lane - ready to escort help if needed

 

Ride London London-Surrey Classic pass Wapping

Marshals run down the Highway in Wapping as they hear the pro cyclists are on their way very shortly

 

Pro cyclists in Ride London London-Surrey Classic pass Wapping

A Police motorcyclist travels down the Highway ahead of the pro cyclists

 

Pro cyclists in Ride London London-Surrey Classic pass Wapping

A paramedic gives us a smile as he passes us on the Highway ahead of the pro cyclist race

 

Pro cyclists in Ride London London-Surrey Classic pass Wapping

Two spectators get ready with their cameras for the pro cyclists on the Highway in Wapping

 

Pro cyclists in Ride London London-Surrey Classic pass Wapping

Pro cyclists in Ride London London-Surrey Classic fly past Wapping at lightening speed

 

Pro cyclists in Ride London London-Surrey Classic pass Wapping

The leading pro cyclists in Ride London London-Surrey Classic pass St-George-in-the-east church on the Highway

 

Pro cyclists in Ride London London-Surrey Classic pass Wapping

The pro cyclists in Ride London London-Surrey Classic pass St-George-in-the-east church on the Highway

 

Pro cyclists in Ride London London-Surrey Classic pass Wapping

Pro cyclists in Ride London London-Surrey Classic pass St-George-in-the-east church on the Highway

Roads slowly started to reopen for Wapping as the afternoon came and by evening things were back to normal.

But is it right that Wapping was cut off and unable to get out of E1W across the Highway and was effectively stranded for the day, or could it the route have been planned better?

Ride London – the new cycling festival elsewhere in London

From Wapping, things did looked rather deserted, but elsewhere in London there were tens of thousands of participants and spectators joining in during the weekend cycling festival. Maybe that’s where all the Wapping residents went.

We took the opportunity to get out of Wapping whilst we could yesterday, so here are a few photos from the Grand Prix event on Saturday evening – which also featured women’s racing and showed off London’s paralympic legacy with a handcycle race:

Ride London Grand Prix

A paralympic competitor riding in the handcycle race for Help the Heros

 

Ride London Grand Prix

A paralympic competitor riding in the handcycle race

 

Ride London Grand Prix

A paralympic competitor riding in the handcycle race

 

Ride London Grand Prix

Cyclists in the Ride London Grand Prix

 

Ride London Grand Prix

Cyclists in the Ride London Grand Prix

 

Ride London Grand Prix

Cyclists in the Ride London Grand Prix pass the Queen Victoria memorial

 

Ride London Grand Prix

Cyclists in the Ride London Grand Prix pass the Queen Victoria memorial

 

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