Ride London 2016 jets through the Village

It comes but once a year, but for one day in late July or early August, our wee part of Wimbledon Village is ring-fenced with road closures and thus marooned from the rest of London as the amazing Ride London cyclists pass through.  The town and village take on a carnival atmosphere, like a last sigh of summer recalling the festivities of Wimbledon (tennis) fortnight just a month or so earlier.

So as the sun drenched the streets with patchwork beams and business-owners set out their stalls, early this morning the Village began to transform once more into a sporting venue. And then, about 9.30 am, with crowds growing from thin to fat, the first of the amateur cyclists commenced the thigh-testing climb up Wimbledon Hill.  Against a wavy-crazy spectacle of bright balloons and garish banners, charity teams shout out support to sponsored riders, accompanied by klaxons and tambourines.

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Half way up Wimbledon Hill, supporters from Muscular Dystrophy UK cheer on their riders, and everyone else!

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Hundreds of cyclists, many riding for charity, climb Wimbledon Hill

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Supporters from Epilepsy Research UK are among the loudest and most colourful

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Hydrating in the heat after reaching the flat of Wimbledon High Street


See more photo of Ride London 2016 as the cyclists passed through Wimbledon Village here.

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Bibliophile, collector of beautiful books, literary detective, bookseller & parliamentary clerk
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