Londoners close down streets for the Ride London cycle race

LONDON Mayor and self-styled “chiselled whippet” Boris Johnson started the Ride London 100 cycling race yesterday, with a wave of a Union Jack flag at the Olympic Park in Stratford.

The race saw 16,500 cyclists set off from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and cycle down to Surrey, then back through central London to finish at The Mall.

Boris, who was aiming to raise £25,000 for his three charities including The Mayor’s Fund for London, said after crossing the finish line that he wanted to “thank the organisers and the wonderful crowd who made all the difference as we cycled by, helping to spur me on to finish the gruelling 100 miles in a respectable eight hours.”

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