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Some of the most decorated and celebrated Olympians in British history will be riding alongside thousands of others in the two 2017 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey sportives on Sunday 30 July.
A total of 16 Olympic medals, including 12 golds, are in the possession of a select band of riders taking on either the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 or the 46, both of which – appropriately for them – start in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford before finishing on The Mall.
Sir Chris Hoy is the proud owner of seven of those medals – six of which are gold – won over four Olympic Games, starting at Sydney in 2000 and finishing in London in 2012.
The Scottish sprint cycling legend has won more gold medals than anyone else in British Olympic history.
Hoy said: “I’m really excited to be joining thousands of other riders to tackle the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46. I have seen how much the Prudential RideLondon weekend has grown year on year and I am thrilled to be taking part on the event’s fifth anniversary.
“The 46 is a great idea and a fantastic way to introduce new and younger riders to mass-participation cycling and I’m looking forward to be able to give a few tips of my own to the riders alongside me.”
Hoy will be riding the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 where he will be joined by another great British Olympian, the boxer Nicola Adams.
The popular Yorkshire fighter became the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title when she won gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games and followed that up with another gold in Rio last summer.
Adams, 34, has now turned professional and has won her first two professional bouts.
The other Olympians are taking on the longer Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and all but one of them are rowers.
Double Olympic gold medallist Heather Stanning is arguably the best known of those switching from boat to bike.
Stanning is one of the most decorated female rowers of all time and is famed for her golden partnership with Helen Glover. The pair won two Olympic gold medals, at London 2012 and Rio 2016, as well as two world titles, two European titles and four World Cups.
She retired from rowing after Rio 2016 but continues to take on challenges. She ran the Virgin Money London Marathon in April and is now taking on the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 for the first time.
Mark Hunter returns to the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 for a second time. Hunter won a gold medal in the lightweight double sculls with Zac Purchase at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the pair came so close to repeating the feat at London 2012, only to be pipped on the line and having to settle for silver.
Matt Gotrel, who was part of the gold medal-winning men’s eight team at the Rio Olympic Games, and Jessica Eddie and Olivia Carnegie-Brown, both members of the silver medal-winning women’s eight crew are also riding.
Derek Redmond may not have won any Olympic medals but he is, nevertheless, one of Britain’s most famous Olympians.
Redmond tore his hamstring in the semi-final of the 400m at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and was famously helped across the line in tears by his father Jim. This moment has become one of the most iconic images in Olympic history across the world.
Away from Olympians, there are a handful of other notable sportsmen getting on their bikes.
Martin Johnson, England’s World Cup-winning rugby union captain who went on to coach the national team, is riding his fourth Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 while another rugby union star, Colin Charvis, is taking on his third 100 as is ex-England cricket captain Allan Lamb.
From the world of entertainment, R&B singer Lemar comes back to Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 for the second year and he will be joined by Josh Cuthbert, another singer who made his name on a reality TV music show. Cuthbert is a member of the boy band Union J who shot to fame thanks to their appearance on X Factor.
TV news personalities Matt Barbet and Mike Bushell plus soprano Laura Wright will also be taking on the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.