School trips to London will be pleased to hear that London is to host a two-day cycling festival next year, which will become an annual event, as part of the Olympic legacy. London Mayor Boris Johnson announced that it will be the first large-scale event to make use of the Olympic park in east London after it reopens next summer. Johnson hopes that the two day event will attract about 200,000 people a year of which many could be school trips to London.
The first day of the festival will focus on a family fun event involving about 70,000 cyclists on an eight-mile course of traffic-free roads in and around central London. The second day will be for amateur and club cyclists on a 100-mile circuit starting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and continuing along part of the Olympic cycle route. The festival will be the first public event to make use of the Olympic facilities after the end of the games in September 2012 with Boris Johnson commenting that “this spectacular event will help ensure the 2012 games are just the start, not the end, of the benefits of hosting the Olympics”.
World Road Champion Mark Cavendish was quick to welcome the news adding “that this is the ideal legacy not only for our world class team of cyclists and paracyclists, but also for thousands of amateur cyclists who will hopefully be inspired by our performance at the Olympic Games.”
If you would like your school to be part of the 2012 Olympic Games and enjoy the benefits of its leagcy, please contact us for more information on school trips to London or go one step better and be part of 2012 Sporting Legacy featuring current Olympians Jade Johnson and Natasha Danvers.
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