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RideLondon Receives Cyclosport Outstanding Contribution Award

by Nick Gregory


The fourth edition of the Cyclosport Industry Ride & Lunch, held yesterday [Thursday 10th October], saw 160 key members of the cycling industry get together in Twickenham, London.

The event provided a platform for discussion of the strategic directions for the cycling industry. Guests had the opportunity to network and discuss their involvement in the industry in an informal atmosphere.

Dean Downing chats to Magnus Backstedt before the ride

Attendees started with a 39-mile ride through Surrey, including the climb of Box Hill. Afterwards, guests had lunch, participated in a Q&A session and discussed the future of cycling well into the evening.

Cyclosport Editor Adam Tranter presented RideLondon with their 2013 Cyclosport Industry Award, given for an outstanding contribution to the cycling industry. Mick Bennett accepted the award on behalf of The London & Surrey Cycle Partnership.

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Ian Whittingham from event sponsors Sigma Sport and Mick Bennett from The London & Surrey Cycle Partnership

"RideLondon has been one of the key highlights for cycling in 2013. It was a huge project that has really shown the mass appeal of cycling in the UK," said Adam Tranter.

He added: "The cycling industry as a whole is moving forward at a blistering pace and events like RideLondon really engage our nation of cyclists in a brilliant way - the event is a major change in the landscape of participation cycling and long may it continue. I have no doubt it will get even bigger and better each year."

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Guests talk cycling over lunch

Last year, the Cyclosport Industry Award was presented to David Bellairs of The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour. Bellairs, when interviewed, said that RideLondon had the potential to take over as the world's largest participation cycling event.

80,000 people registered in just 27 days to take part in RideLondon 2014.

One of the four groups ride through Bushy Park