Numbers are in and despite advanced warnings of hurricane Bertha, more than 20,000 amateur cyclists defied the wind and rain that lashed southern England to finish the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.
That makes it the biggest cycling sportive ever held in the UK.
A trio of the greatest women cyclists in the world, Laura Trott, Marianne Vos and Dame Sarah Storey, dropped a Union flag to set more than 21,000 on their way from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at 06:00 before joining the pedalling throng to negotiate a route shortened by 14 miles to protect cyclists’ safety.
That’s not bad – 24k signed up and only 3k dropped out before the race (marathons, for example have a much larger drop out rate without bad weather forecasts!).
This year’s race was 86 miles long instead of 100. The decision was made on the morning to cut out the Surrey climbs of Box Hill and Leith Hill and their potentially dangerous descents under conditions of torrential rain and surface water.
Despite the wet conditions, some 20,709 had pedalled beneath the finish gantry on The Mall by 17:00, their faces dripping with a mix of sweat and rain.
In the pro race which was 200km and took place in the afternoon, Sir Bradley Wiggins’ Team Sky battled til the end but their sprinter Ben Swift was edged out at the finish by Adam Blythe racing for the unfancied NFTO Procycling team.