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10 facts about the Prudential RideLondon route

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In this special blog, Louise Moffat from our Fundraising Team has some fascinating facts about this year’s Prudential RideLondon route! Don’t forget that you can be a part of Team Challengers this year – find out how to apply for a Golden Bond space.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park:

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Home to the Lee Valley Velo Park – the first venue in the world to bring together four Olympic cycling disciplines: track cycling, road cycling, BMX and mountain biking.

Richmond Park:

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Henry VIII is said to have stood at King Henry’s Mound in Richmond Park and watched for a signal from St. Paul’s to indicate the death of his second wife, Anne Boleyn, so that he knew when he was free to marry Jane Seymour.

Hampton Court Palace:

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During the 2012 Summer Olympics, Hampton Court Palace was a venue for the Road Cycling Time Trial. Several thrones were built for the athletes in medal positions.

Newlands Corner:

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Newlands Corner was a key location in the crime writer Agatha Christie’s disappearance in December 1926. Her car was found in a bush overhanging a chalk pit at Newlands Corner.

Abinger Hammer:

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Abinger Common is home to England’s oldest recorded village, with dwellings dating back more than 7,000 years.

Leith Hill:

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The battle of Leith Hill took place in 851AD, the Danes had invaded England and after burning Canterbury and London were heading for Winchester. The army of Ethelwulf, father of Alfred the Great were able to stop them using the high ground of Leith Hill to their advantage.

Box Hill:

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Zig Zag Road of Box Hill first appeared on the Ordnance Survey map of 1869. The hill takes its name from the ancient box woodland found on the steepest west-facing chalk slopes overlooking the River Mole.

Dorking eccentric Major Peter Labelliere (1726-1800), who was known in the town as ‘the walking dunghill’ left instructions that on his death he was to be buried upside down on Box Hill, claiming that the world was topsy-turvy and he wanted to be right in the end.

Esher:

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George Harrison of the Beatles and Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees both owned housed in the town of Esher.

Wimbledon Village:

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The first Wimbledon championship took place in 1877, making it the oldest tennis tournament in the world.

The Mall:

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The surface of The Mall is coloured red to give the effect of a giant red carpet leading up to Buckingham Palace.

To see all of these sights, and raise funds for Challengers, sign up to be part of Team Challengers at this year’s Prudential RideLondon.