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Architects invited on City of London cycle ride

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Concours d’Elegance in June is about style and grace not speed

Architects are being invited to take part in a cycle ride around the City of London with prizes going to the most elegant entries and the most considerate cyclists.

The strictly non-lycra event, organised by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects as part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture, is called the Considerate Cyclists’ Concours d’Elegance and takes place on Saturday 4th June from 6.30-7pm.

It is also part of the London Nocturne, a series of bike races around the City.

The Concours d’Elegance will follow a route past St Paul’s Cathedral, down Cheapside and around Guildhall with a ‘spectacular start and finish’ in the shadow of Wren’s masterpiece.

Peter Murray, master of the company, said: ‘There will be no lycra and all bikes should be hydrid, folding or classic town bikes. No road bikes will qualify. The course will include tests of considerate cycling skills – pedestrians, i-phone zombies, red lights, road works and taxis.’

Murray said the event would show a ‘different side’ to cycling from the speed races taking part during the rest of the evening.

He added: ‘The Architects’ Company realises that the spaces between buildings are a key element in the development of good city planning and is keen to support Corporation of London initiatives for creating a more amenable City.’

Entering costs £100 per rider and sponsorship will go towards the Lord Mayor’s Appeal 2016 and the Hendy Murray Fund for Safer Streets.

To take part, register with BT My Donate at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/consideratecyclists and pay a donation of £100.00.

For further information contact pgsmurray@mac.com

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