Mayor of London announces cycling festival and issues event delivery tender

Plans for a London cycling festival – the first large-scale event to use the Olympic park when it reopens next summer – have been revealed. The Mayor of London revealed the details for the two-day event yesterday and has immediately issued a tender as it looks for a commercial delivery partner.

The event will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which will open in phases in 2013. The first day of the festival will involve a family fun ride for up to 70,000 cyclists on an eight-mile loop of closed roads around London. The following day up to 35,000 amateur, club and world class elite cyclists will tackle a 100-mile course that will begin in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and be based on much of the route of the 2012 Games cycle road race.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company will organise a full weekend of wheel-based activities and it’s hoped the event will attract over 200,000 visitors.

Transport for London and London and Partners, on behalf of the Mayor of London, have released details of the tender – an event organiser is sought to deliver the festival, which will possibly take place on August 10-11, 2013. Interested parties can attend an open day on February 6. Email if you are interested. The deadline for requests to participate is 12pm on February 13.

Tender details can be found by registering here.