Tour de France organiser Amaury Sport Organisation is one of six organisations shortlisted in the bidding for the London Festival of Cycling in 2013, the Mayor of London announced on Friday.

ASO brought the Tour de France Grand Depart to London in 2007, which attracted huge numbers of spectators to the city and was hailed an organisational success.

Shortlisted organisations have until mid-April to submit a formal proposal, and the final selection will be announced prior to the Games this summer.  

“The high quality of the shortlisted organisations is a clear demonstration of their confidence in London’s ability to host a world class cycle festival,” said Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

“With the Games just around the corner, the investment to date is already paying off, and my team is hard at work developing the events that will help us showcase our great city to the world for many years to come.”

The event, to be held in August 2013, will be the first large event to use the London 2012 legacy cycling facilities in the Olympic Park when it reopens after the Games. It will include an eight-mile family ride on closed roads around the capital and a 100-mile mass-participation ride with elite-level race based on the road race circuit around Surrey.

The Mayor of London is hoping that over 100,000 cyclists will take part in the festival as a whole.

The shortlist as released by the Mayor of London is as follows:

Amaury Sport Organisation - owners of the Tour de France

IMG - owners of the London Triathlon and the Etape Caledonia and Etape Pennines closed road cycling events

Limelight Sports and Participate Sport (Joint Venture) – Limelight Sports are sub-contractors for the Olympic Road Cycling Race and Participate Sport are the organisers of Cycletta, the women only bike ride series

London & Surrey Cycling Partnership – comprising the organisers of the London Marathon (who are responsible for the sporting content of the Olympic Marathons, Paralympic Marathon, and Olympic Race Walks) and SweetSpot Group (organisers of the Tour of Britain)

Nova International – owners of the Great North Run (and new Great Manchester Cycle)

Upsolut - organisers of the Triathlon ITU World Championship London (Olympic test event in Hyde Park) and owners of Europe’s largest combined WorldTour elite race and mass participation cycle event in Germany  

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  • Kevin Blackburn

    I’d love to ride this event, and would probably pay £25-30, as this is the going rate for decently run reasonably priced Sportives. However, like others I have been left without tickets to the Velodrome, and am appalled at the stance of LOCOG to go against the ethos of cycling and charge for viewing on Boxhill. I have travelled to Manchester and Ghent to watch British cyclists on the track, I have stood on Boxhill and Ditchling Deacon, in various High Streets across the country to support the Tour of Britain, TdF, Prutour, Milk Race, Protour Classics, and other races – and so feel almost excluded from the Olympic cycling in my own back yard! Come on LOCOG give us something back – take us back to that euphoria we all had when it was announced London was getting the games – when we dreamt of being able to see the best cyclists in the world on home soil, but have yet to get a ticket for any of it!!

  • Mark Jones

    Let’s hope this comes off as whatever happened to this UCI cycle race in South Wales?