Prudential RideLondon: an annual three-day festival of cycling
A true legacy of the 2012 Games
Developed by the Mayor of London and his agencies in 2013, Prudential RideLondon is a world-class festival of cycling. The fourth edition will take place over the weekend of 29-31 July 2016.
While the Mayor and his agencies are the custodians of Prudential RideLondon, the event is managed by the London & Surrey Cycling Partnership (LSCP), a partnership between London Marathon Events Limited (owners and operators of the London Marathon since 1981) and SweetSpot Group Limited (operators of the Tour of Britain).
With LSCP, Transport for London (TfL) and London & Partners (the Mayor’s official promotional organisation) coordinate the significant technical requirements for the event and work in partnership with London Boroughs, Surrey County Council, The Royal Parks, London Legacy Development Corporation and British Cycling, who are each integral to the delivery of the event.
This flagship event is part of the Mayor and TfL’s cycling programme. This includes a cycle-hire scheme and network of cycle superhighways across London, providing easy and secure cycle parking and wayfinding and investment in cycling in outer London via the Biking Boroughs programme, as well as working with London Boroughs to deliver child and adult cycling training courses.
Prudential RideLondon provides a fantastic platform to help fulfil The Mayor and TfL’s goal of encouraging more people to cycle more safely, more often. TfL anticipates tens of thousands of spectators and participants every year will take up regular cycling after each event. This will be achieved by creating massive engagement with participants, spectators and media alike.
There is no other closed-road event like it that combines the fun and accessible element of a free family ride in central London with the excitement of watching the world’s best professional cyclists race in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic and Prudential RideLondon Classique.
Taking a cue from the London Marathon, amateur cyclists also participate in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 – a 100-mile challenge on the same closed roads as the professionals, with the added incentive of raising money for good causes. For the first time in 2016, the event will also feature the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 – a 46-mile sportive created specifically for newer and also younger cyclists.
To capture it all, the best action is broadcast live on TV in the UK and internationally, to be seen by an audience of millions.
Prudential RideLondon also generates sustainable, long-term economic benefit to London and the UK alongside the money raised for good causes; as participants and spectators alike come to London both from the UK and overseas to spend their time and money in the capital.
After the inaugural event in 2013, the vision for Prudential RideLondon – to be one of the world’s leading cycling events and a lasting legacy of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games – has become reality.
The route of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 offers a perfect, traffic-free ride for a range of cycling abilities. Everyone can enjoy a challenging day in the saddle pedalling through the roads of London and Surrey. As well as the personal challenge of completing the route, participants’ involvement will also benefit good causes – Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 aims to become the largest charity fundraising cycling event in the world.
This event was held for the first time in 2016 as part of the Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling. The sportive (remember, it’s not a race!) comprises a spectacular 46-mile route on traffic-free roads, beginning at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London and following the same route as the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 for the first 27 miles before taking a new two-mile route, which then links up with the last 17 miles through London to the finish in The Mall. The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 was created specifically for newer cyclists and also younger cyclists, who might find a 100-mile challenge intimidating or, in the case of 16-18 year olds, they are not eligible to enter. The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 offers a great introduction to cycling on traffic-free roads and is a wonderful way to ride your first sportive. The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 is still a challenge but it is much more of an introduction to cycling on traffic-free roads and it’s a wonderful way to ride your first sportive. Riders will depart in waves from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 09:00-09:30, immediately after the last start wave of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. They will finish on The Mall and will have a spectacular unique medal designed for the occasion.
Don't miss your chance to see the world’s best cyclists battle it out at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday 30 July 2017. Britain’s greatest one-day bike race will see 150 of the world’s top pro cyclists take on a 200km route through London and Surrey. The route is a variation on the London 2012 Olympic Road Cycling Race route. It will follow a similar route as the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 sportive. Now set for its fifth year, the race (Category 1.HC on the UCI Europe Tour) offers the highest prize money pool of any one-day Classic and will be televised live by BBC Sport. Teams and riders will be announced in July 2017.
The Prudential RideLondon Classique is the richest women’s one-day race in professional cycling. Awarded UCI WorldTour status by the world’s governing body for cycling, the Union CycIiste Internationale (UCI), the race takes place on a spectacular 5.5km circuit in central London. The Prudential RideLondon Classique begins on The Mall in St James’s Park and goes up Constitution Hill, turning at the top to come down and on to Birdcage Walk. The route passes Big Ben before turning left on to Whitehall and right on to the Strand, turning again to come back up the Strand, through Trafalgar Square and Admiralty Arch and back on to The Mall. The individual winner of the Prudential RideLondon Classique wins 25,000 Euros in prize money and the winning team is awarded 10,000 Euros. There will be three Continental Tyres Sprint classifications in the race offering a further 12,600 Euros in prize money. See the full breakdown of prize money here.
Prudential RideLondon Freeycle offers a brilliant opportunity to get the whole family together to experience the fun and freedom of cycling on traffic-free roads in central London. The 2016 event, held on Saturday 30 July, showcased new areas of the capital as part of a festival of cycling led by the Mayor of London’s office. The route takes in the Strand and Lincoln’s Inn Fields and returns to the Victoria Embankment, taking in a section of the newly opened East-West Cycle Superhighway (CS3). The eight-mile circuit passes iconic London landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England and again goes south of the river with a loop over Waterloo Bridge, offering stunning views of London.
For the first time in 2016, Prudential RideLondon weekend kicked off on Friday 29 July at the Lee Valley VeloPark in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Prudential RideLondon Handcycle Grand Prix featured a field of injured veteran servicemen and women, while the Prudential RideLondon Elite Handcycle Grand Prix was won by Rafal Wilk. The Prudential RideLondon Youths Grand Prix and Youths BMX Grand Prix showcased some of the cycling stars of the future in a series of races for boys and girls in age groups from under 8 to under 16. Danny MacAskill’s Continental Tyres Drop and Roll Tour also wowed the crowds at the Lee Valley VeloPark with breathtaking tricks and stunts.
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Participated : July 2016
This was the first cycle event I've entered. I'm a keen runner and have completed numerous marathons and entered the ballot for RideLondon on a whim after hubby did it last year. We both got in. So I bought a bike in Feb and 'got on it' in more ways than one! The time limit scared me as I'm not a fast cyclist and I was worried about being re-routed, but of course on closed roads red traffic lights don't mean stop which helps with average pace! It's a beautiful route, you get to ride on traffic free roads in London, Richmond Park then out to the beautiful countryside of Surrey. Last year my hubby was delayed for over an hour following an incident with another rider, sadly the same happened this year, on more than one occasion. The worst was when we stopped at mile 38 for over 1.5 hours. Great opportunity for a leg stretch but with time limits (and slower riders starting last) it was obvious our route would be cut short. I was 'lucky' to only miss one of the big hills and finished on 94 miles of the 100. Some riders after us who were diverted way before mile 38 and missed both hills finishing on 75 miles. That would be disappointing if you wanted the challenge of the big 100. All in all the organisation was great.. Tried and tested I guess as its the same people that organise the London marathon. Great facilities on route, frequent and well stocked aid stations with enough 'green box loos' on route too. The route could be improved but so could some of the riders. I saw some dangerous cycling, people weaving in and out of barely there gaps, inexperienced cyclists just stopping in the middle of the road without a thought of cyclist around them and yes even people forgetting to unclip when we stopped ... Human/bike dominoes!! On top of this some of the roads naturally narrow, fine if there is a trickling of cyclists but when there has been a hold up these then create further blockages with the sheer volume of people trying to get through. But that feeling as you head down the finishers strip, with Bucky P ahead of you... Worth every minute on (and off) the bike.
Participated : July 2016