On Saturday we joined thousands of cyclists in London for the 2017 Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle. The 8 mile route took us past many famous landmarks. Jo and I rode the route twice, once in the sun and again in the rain, which wasn’t too bad as we had raincoats. We started at Bank Station and slowly rode towards St Pauls Cathedral, then down and along the embankment towards Westminster and the houses of parliment.

Then past her Majestys Treasury department onto Birdcage Walk, which runs alongside St James’s Park. It is a beautiful part of London, full of leafy trees and beautiful gardens. Rounding the corner we entered the Spur road that runs right in front of Buckingham Palace. The Queen & Prince Philip weren’t waving any banners or rooting for us, which was a little disappointing. (They could have made the effort). We stopped for a breather, snapped our first selfie in front of the palace and watched thousands of people milling about (probably also wondering where the royal family was?). It was definitely a great day to be a tourist and a cyclist.

Then we rode around the Victoria Memorial and onto The Mall, which had banners and flags and a large timing board.

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It felt amazing riding down the Mall. It was a great atmosphere and there were lots of photographers snapping up the bicycles and riders as they went past.

Mike & Jo cycling down The Mall

Once through the Admiralty Arch, Trafalgur Square and the National Gallery beckoned and we rode up the Strand past Charing Cross Station and many famous stores. A right turn took us onto the Waterloo Bridge with views of the London Eye, Westminster and the houses of parliment.

The view from Waterloo Bridge

It was the only time we crossed the Thames River and it was very brief because there was a ramp on the other side that forced us back over the bridge again and onto the Strand, up around Aldwych and around Lincoln’s Inn Fields. A little detour past The Great Hall and into High Holborn. Then there was a nice downhill past Chancery Lane, over the Holborn Viaduct towards the London Stock Exchange. From here one could sense the end was near. Onto Cheapside we weaved into Kings Street past Commerzbank, Old Jewry, around the Bank of England and finally back where we started at Bank station.

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An impressive view of all the cyclists looking up The Mall towards Buckingham Palace.