Prudential RideLondon: Thousands battle Bertha and zoom across Putney Bridge

The race had to be shortened due to the weather

The race had to be shortened due to the weather

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Thousands of cyclists battled wind and rain as they zoomed through Putney as part of the Prudential RideLondon.

Road closures throughout yesterday caused traffic chaos for many travelling in Wandsworth.

Meanwhile, 24,000 brave cyclists refused to let Bertha the storm stop them completing the race.

The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 is a 100-mile challenge on closed roads through London and Surrey. However, due to the adverse conditions Sunday’s race was shortened to 86 miles.

The world’s best professional men also raced against each other in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, an extended 200km version of the amateur route.

Residents from across Wandsworth took part in the race including Rob Hitchcox and his family, from Balham, who were raising money for disadvantaged Londoners.

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Phil Jew, the chief executive of Wandsworth Citizens Advice Bureaux, also took part raising money for the charity.

Robin Rouwenhorst completed the race in less than six hours while raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of her grandmother.

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