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Two wheels for Mark Webber in Olympic-style test of endurance

Porsche and former Formula One driver and Paul Stewart are just two of the competitors in Sunday’s RideLondon event held over the course of the 100-mile 2012 Olympic road race

Like most of us, Mark Webber enjoys watching the Tour de France on TV as much for the scenery – the gorges of the Ardèche, the châteaux of the Loire, the glaciers of the Savoy Alps, the remote monasteries and the fields of sunflowers – as for the racing. “I’m a helicopter man,” the Australian racing driver said this week, on the way home from his first world endurance championship win of the season in his Porsche at the Nürburgring, “so I love seeing the shots of all those places they go through, and listening to the commentators talking about it.”

Webber will have different scenery to enjoy this weekend, and a different vantage point from which to observe it, when he takes part as one of the celebrity cyclists sprinkled among the 24,000 participants in Sunday’s RideLondon event, a 100-mile sportive over the course of the 2012 Olympic road race. “The roads are closed,” he said, “which makes it an unbelievable opportunity for everybody, including myself. I’m very excited. It’s nice to do a distance that’s a challenge for everyone, and also a good day out.”

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