To celebrate the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 follows a 100-mile route through closed roads in London and into the Surrey countryside and then back, starting from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at 6.00am on Sunday 31 July.
The route passes through some prime London and Surrey new build developments and our guide describes some of the best new homes that are being built along the route.
Participants will be just a few kilometres into the race when they pass the historic neo-Palladian grandeur and glorious gardens of Chiswick House.
Just around the corner Berkeley Homes is building Chiswick Gate, a development combining striking architecture and a postcode in one of West London’s most desirable suburbs. These homes enjoy views over the landscaped boulevard or the lush garden square, the heart of this new community. All homes at Chiswick Gate enjoy private outdoor space. The apartments and penthouses have private balconies or terraces and the townhouses feature spacious terraces and private lawns.
For commuters, Chiswick Gate is within walking distance of Turnham Green underground station, just 20 minutes from Victoria. Chiswick Railway Station is close for overground services to the capital.
Residents at Chiswick Gate will benefit from a gym and concierge service, delivering the exact level of service you would expect from a top London address.
Prices: From £749,950
Find out more about Chiswick Gate, by Berkeley Homes
As the cyclists head out towards Surrey the route takes them through the west side of Richmond Park, close to Isleworth where St James, part of the Berkeley Group is constructing Fitzroy Gate, a private gated development of 39 family homes set within the grounds of a riverside parkland estate developed by Beechcroft Estates.
The beautifully restored grounds offer a private mature parkland setting, enclosed by the original estate walls set behind refurbished entrance gates. The beautiful location, along the Thames, features private parking for the four-, five- and six-bedroom family homes that are close to excellent schools. The development also features a care home for the elderly.
Less than a mile from Richmond and within easy access of Central London, Fitzroy Gate offers a rare opportunity to live in a gated community in West London.
Prices: From £1.25m
Find out more about Fitzroy Gate by St James Homes, Berkeley Group
The field will begin to spread out a bit after nearly 25 miles the route goes through the Surrey town of Weybridge where riders will pass close to CALA Homes’ Weybridge House (in fact, the development is closed this Sunday due to the event!)
The Elmbridge district frequently flies high in national quality of life surveys, making the wide array of luxury homes here even more appealing. Buyers have a choice of one- and two-bedroom apartments and four-, five- and six-bedroom townhouses.
These homes come with secure parking but are located just a mile from the stations of Weybridge and Walton-on-Thames, so commuters may prefer to leave the car at home and take a stroll (or bike!) to their train. The journey time of around half-an-hour is very convenient. Road users are within easy reach of the M25 and M3 and London’s two largest airports are both a short journey away.
Family buyers are spoilt for choice when it comes to decent schools for children of all ages. Among the closest are Cleve Junior School and St George's College, catering for children aged from 3-18, or Oatlands Primary School, judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2010.
There are also two international schools, the American Community School and the Reeds School, which is linked with the Dutch Rijnlands Lyceum.
Prices: From £750,000
Find out more about Weybridge House from CALA Homes
Just over halfway into the race and close to the southern-most point of the route passes through Westcott, near Dorking, close to Taylor Wimpey’s Dovecote Place development.
Nestled at the foot of the Surrey Hills, only a mile from Dorking, but 100 years away from the bustle of London is the quiet little village of Westcott. It’s a traditional village with a pub, Post Office, an art gallery, thatched buildings, narrow lanes and a village green complete with dovecote. It even has a bike shop if you need running repairs on route!
Taylor Wimpey have designed 14 luxury homes with open plan kitchen and living spaces and French doors to the gardens.
The village has a CofE primary school and a church designed by George Gilbert Scott in 1851. In Dorking there is a Waitrose and Sainsbury’s and other high street shops.
For commuters, Dovecote Place is ideal. Dorking has three railway stations: Dorking, Dorking Deepdene and Dorking West – all within a mile and a half of your door, offering frequent services to London Victoria and other London stations.
Find out more about Dovecote Place from Taylor Wimpey
As the cyclists make their way back into London from Surrey, having tackled five King of the Mountains hikes, they will pass through Wimbledon where Berkeley is developing its landmark, luxury Wimbledon Hill Park development, on the site of the former Atkinson Morley Hospital building.
Cedar Place is a private enclave of only six elegant London townhouses at the heart of Berkeley Homes’ Wimbledon Hill Park development.
The homes are built in the classic Regency style with multi-paned sash windows, balconies and canopies punctuating its mellow brick facades.The four-bedroom townhouses deliver more than 2,600 sq ft of beautifully lit and well-designed family living space.
Properties have access to a selection of exclusive amenities, including a gym, boardroom, private cinema room and a concierge service which attends to residents’ day-to-day needs. Beyond the courtyard are immaculate landscaped grounds and 19 acres of protected woodland and fields.
Wimbledon has some of the best schools in England including King's College School and short journey times to central London – London Waterloo can be reached in just 17 minutes from Wimbledon station.
Prices: From £2.89995m
Find out more about Wimbledon Hill Park from Berkeley Homes
Just before hitting the home stretch, the cyclists will head to Putney, cycling through the town and across Putney Bridge.
Here, Oakhill Park, a boutiques development of mansion-style apartments, offers an alternative to the high rise apartment buildings going up in the area; traditionally-designed, spacious apartments with exceptional residents’ facilities are set among picturesque gardens, providing a peaceful lifestyle in an enviable location.
The exterior design is very much in keeping with the style of the neighbouring houses while inside apartments are spacious with excellent ceiling heights and floor-to-ceiling windows, which flood the rooms with light.
The garden-level apartments have large terraces, which adjoin the beautifully landscaped grounds, while the upper floor apartments have spacious balconies with views over the gardens below and the penthouses have large wrap-around terraces affording spectacular views across London.
Residents have access to a private gym, concierge service and optional secure underground parking with electric vehicle charging points.
Putney offers short journey times to central London; East Putney underground station is just two minutes’ walk from Oakhill Park, while Putney train station with its direct links to Waterloo is a six minute walk away.
Prices: From £860,000
Find out more by contacting Savills on 020 3430 6920 or visit www.oakhillpark.co.uk.