Prudential RideLondon 100

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Get the whole family involved in this unique cycling festival. A legacy of the 2012 Olympics, this festival will make you feel like a pro as you wind your way through London and Surrey. Come for the finisher's medal and chance to watch the professionals wizz by in the Classique event.

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44 Reviews
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Kim G
"Too much congestion. An hour's walking time really held me up. Lack of food..."

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D Walker
"Sadly overall I didn’t enjoy it. Too much congestion. Must have had to stop..."

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Alison J
"I have applied unsuccessfully in the Ballot for the last 7 years. Im a 62 year..."
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Distances in this event

  1. RideLondon Surrey 100

    Bike 100mi
    £79
    Tickets & Charity places available
  2. RideLondon Surrey 46

    Bike 46mi
    Charity places available

Prudential RideLondon 100 routes

The Start

Starting from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, cyclists head past Canary Wharf and through the City of London before cycling west along Piccadilly and the A4 at Hammersmith. Riders first cross the River Thames at Chiswick and pass through Richmond Park and the heart of Kingston-upon-Thames, before crossing Hampton Court Bridge along the route made famous by both the road race and time-trial events during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

There’s plenty of stunning Surrey countryside on offer as cyclists head south past Newlands Corner, Abinger Hammer and Holmbury St Mary before tackling the biggest ascent on the route at Leith Hill. After a well-earned descent towards Dorking, it’s onto the next challenge: the world-famous zig-zags of Box Hill.

The Finish

After heading north through Leatherhead, Oxshott and Esher the route takes riders back into London through Kingston and over Putney Bridge to cross the River Thames for a final time. The route then follows the Embankment all the way alongside the Thames, heading past some of London’s most famous landmarks as it makes its way across Parliament Square and up Whitehall.

The route then swings left at Trafalgar Square, with riders streaming under Admiralty Arch before a spectacular finish on The Mall.

Event details

  • Closed roads
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Undulating
  • 20000 participants

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Prudential RideLondon: an annual 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 fifth edition will take place over the weekend of 28-29 July 2018.

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 worlds 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 also featured the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 a 46-mile sportive created specifically for newer and also younger cyclists.

Overview

What’s Included
    Finisher's medal
    Seven Official festival zones along the route
    Feed stations
    Goody bag
    Closed roads in central London

Riding for charity

If you missed out on a place, check out the charity listings page to find out how you can cycle in the sportive and raise money for a charitable cause.

Raceday Logistics

How do I get to the Start?

The start of the ride is between 05:45-09:45 at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP) – formerly the Olympic Park – in Stratford.

There will be no parking on the day within Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park or at Westfield, Stratford.

The options available to participants include Park & Ride locations around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and midway between the Start and the Finish. There will also be nominated drop-off points where participants and bikes can be dropped off by car. Full details will be emailed to participants in early July 2019. Participants are encouraged to use these options.

Participants will be notified of individual start times by email by the beginning of July 2019. Faster riders are given earlier start times to minimise the need for overtaking and spread the field. All riders in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 have up to eight-and-a-half hours to complete the ride and riders in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 have up to three hours and 20 minutes.

Please note it is not possible to change your allocated start time.

Riders must plan travel carefully to ensure they arrive at the Start in good time for their assigned start time as it will not be possible to start in a later wave. No riders will be able to start after the last wave at 09:45.

Final Instructions information will be sent to all participants in July. It is strongly recommended that family and friends do not accompany participants to the Start of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 or the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. Spectators are welcome in Horse Guards Parade to enjoy the start of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic at 13:40.

All participants receive regular e-newsletters and updates on transport arrangements will be included in these. Please ensure you open and read these emails and respond when questions are asked.

Kit List

Your bike

You must use a roadworthy and permitted bicycle in the sportive. See below for more details, or take a look at our summary of permitted bikes (and bikes that are not permitted) .

Permitted cycles

The following cycles are permitted in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100:

  • Single-speed (both fixed and freewheel) bicycles are allowed as long as they have suitable brakes.
  • Mountain bikes are allowed – although please use slick tyres to conserve energy.
  • There will be 100 tandems and 50 tricycles allowed this year. Preference will be given to riders with a disability. If you are a visually impaired or disabled rider and have been accepted via the ballot, you must contact [email protected] in order to process your entry.
  • For tandems, only one rider needs to have been successful in the ballot. Entrants with a disability will be charged – entrants where neither rider has a disability will be charged for both riders.

 

Spectators

The complete spectator guide:

There are lots of great viewing places along the route of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 to choose from.

The following information will help you get the most out of what promises to be a truly amazing day of cycling.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

If you have friends or family taking part in the sportive, we strongly recommend you do not accompany them to the Start at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Access to the Start Area will be tough for spectators as public transport will be limited at that time in the morning, there will be extensive road closures in place and parking will be extremely difficult.

Miles 0-30

Piccadilly to Hammersmith

Riders will turn off the Embankment and head through Trafalgar Square, along Pall Mall and up St James's Street before turning left onto Piccadilly for a five-mile section along the A4.

There are plenty of London Underground stations to transport you to the heart of the action. The following Piccadilly Line stations will put spectators within a five-minute walk of the route along the A4, West Kensington Station on the District Line is also right next to the A4.

Chiswick to Mortlake

At mile 17, riders will turn south off the A4 at Hogarth roundabout and onto the A316 to cross the Thames at Chiswick Bridge before completing a short spell on the A205, turning up East Sheen Lane and into Richmond Park via Sheen Gate.

Spectators should head to Mortlake station to get to this section of the sportive on public transport.

Richmond Park

The closest stations to this part of the route are Richmond Underground station on the District line and Richmond National Rail station.

If you are planning to walk from the station up the hill into Richmond Park, you should plan for the walk to take around 30 minutes.

Kingston Upon Thames

The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 passes through Kingston twice – at roughly 25 miles and 85 miles – so spectators will have two opportunities to cheer on riders and enjoy the street festival taking place in the town.

Hampton Court Palace

After crossing Kingston Bridge, the route continues along the A308 to Hampton Court Palace. Spectators can get to this stage of the sportive by heading to Hampton Court railway station.

There are very few public transport options along this section of the route beyond Hampton Court railway station, but Walton-on-Thames would be a great place to catch the action.

Miles 30-65

Weybridge and West Byfleet

With its quality restaurants, cafes and shopping, Weybridge – accessible via Weybridge station – is a perfect place to watch the sportive.

Further along the route, there are festivals in both West Byfleet and Pyrford, offering spectators the opportunity to take in the action on big screens while they enjoy local food stalls, live bands and lots of other entertainment.

Newlands Corner and Abinger Hammer

Newlands Corner offers some of the best views of the Surrey Hills, but it will, unfortunately, be difficult to access on the day because of the necessary road closures around the route. If you are prepared to walk up to this beautiful spot though, you will be rewarded.

Alternatively, the area of Abinger Hammer and Gomshall is a great option if you're looking to catch the action away from central London. Gomshall station has a limited service on the day of the sportive – visit www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk for up-to-date travel details.

Leith Hill and Dorking

The big climb up Leith Hill is a tough part of the sportive but is a great spot for spectators to support riders from. The route then hits Guildford Road, at which point it turns east to Westcott and the 63-mile point before continuing eastwards towards the town of Dorking.

Dorking – a perfect balance of town and country – will be a great place to watch the action and offers plenty to keep spectators entertained.

Miles 65-100

Box Hill and Leatherhead

After the summit of Box Hill, the sportive takes a left turn to Headley and on to Leatherhead, where the third Hub for riders will be based at the Swan Shopping Centre at the 75-mile mark.

Oxshott and Esher

Oxshott is easily accessible by train, and there are several pubs in the village. The route then continues on to Esher, which marks the journey back into London. Thames Ditton and Surbiton stations are both well within walking distance of this stage of the route.

Wimbledon

After passing through Kingston for the second time, riders will reach the 90-mile mark in Wimbledon, which offers an ideal vantage point to watch the day's events; the station is well connected and the Love Wimbledon Street Party is sure to be a treat.

Putney

Putney is a great place for spectators; well connected, with East Putney Underground and Putney rail station, it is also the point where the route crosses the Thames for the last time before heading into Chelsea.

Westminster

While the final mile will see riders head past the Houses of Parliament, through Trafalgar Square and under Admiralty Arch on the way to the iconic finish on The Mall, spectators should be aware that this area is likely to be particularly crowded.

The Finish

Spectators can meet up with friends and family who took part in the sportive at the Meet and Greet Area in Green Park. The trees in this part of the park will be marked with letters of the alphabet so you can arrange to meet at your family initial or at another pre-arranged letter.

This area will be busy but do NOT be tempted to congregate around the exits from the secure area closer to the Finish Line. This causes enormous congestion and health and safety issues for the crowds in this area.

Volunteers

Prudential RideLondon receives incredible volunteer support from a dedicated team of over 2,000 volunteers who take to the streets of London & Surrey to deliver the event.

There are a huge number of exciting roles across both the Saturday and Sunday of the event in a wide variety of locations so if you’re interested in joining the team there’s sure to be a role that suits you.

Group Volunteering

We love working with groups and currently work with a variety of sports clubs, community groups and charities, some examples of which are listed below.

Volunteer groups can access a financial donation and/or guaranteed entries into the event in return for providing volunteer support.

If you are from a community group, charity, sports club or any other type of group that may be interested in volunteering at RideLondon please email [email protected] with your name and contact details and a member of our team will be in touch.

FAQs

 How do I enter the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 ballot?

The public ballot entry system for the 2019 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 is now closed.

When do I find out if I have been successful in the ballot?

Everyone who applied in the ballot will be notified of their ballot result in February 2019.

Why has the entry fee gone up?

The entry fee for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 increased to £69.00 (including VAT) in 2018. This was held at the same price as 2017.

We are proud that the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, which is held on 100 miles of fully-stewarded traffic-free roads, remains the best value closed road sportive in the UK.

How is the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 ballot drawn?

The ballot is drawn randomly using the answers provided by registrants on their entry forms. It is weighted for Health and Safety purposes to help the maximum number of people get safely around the route within the eight-and-a-half-hour time limit.

Why have I been unsuccessful again when my friend has got a place in the ballot every year?

The ballot is drawn randomly and your friend has been lucky. There are other options to get a place in the event. Please look at our charity listings to find out which charities have places to fill. You can also put together a team of four and enter the Peloton Relay or the Amstel Ride Together .

I am now unable to ride in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday 4 August. How can I withdraw and defer my entry?

If you gain your place via the public ballot and pay your entry fee, you will be able withdraw and apply for a guaranteed place in 2019 – check out our Ballot page for more information.

Please note that entry fees are not refundable under any circumstances (see terms and conditions ). However, we do offer this option to apply for a guaranteed entry for the following year to everyone who got their place through the ballot and then has to withdraw. This means it is not necessary to go through the ballot process again. Please note that it is only possible to withdraw and apply for a guaranteed place once. If you take up a guaranteed place for 2020 and then withdraw again, you will not be eligible for a guaranteed place in 2021.

In order to secure your guaranteed place in 2020, you must meet the deadlines outlined in the withdrawal process and pay the entry fee for the 2020 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.

You cannot withdraw and apply for a guaranteed place for 2020 if it came from a charity. Places from a charity go back to the charity. Places won in a competition may not be deferred under any circumstances.

Can I wear fancy dress and/or decorate my bicycle?

To ensure the safety of all riders, nothing you wear can obscure your vision or impair your hearing (eg no masks) and you must wear a helmet that conforms to current safety regulations. You should not wear loose clothing or articles that could detach at speed, get caught in the moving parts of the bicycle or pose a risk to other participants.

What accommodation options are available?

Go to www.visitlondon.com or www.visitsurrey.com for a list of accommodation options.

Prudential RideLondon 100 weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

21°C
Predicted highs
16°C
Predicted lows
IconLight breeze possible, up to 7mph

Prudential RideLondon 100 reviews (44)

3.6 out of 5 stars

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Friendly atmosphere

Incredible crowds

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    Tim C

    Did the RideLondon Surrey 100 in 2019

    I completed the course both in 2018 and 19. Weather better this year, and a big pb as a result. Fantastically organised all the way through. I dreaded signing in on the Saturday, but easy on both days, and minimal fuss. This is a ride you need to go hard, and keep going hard. If you expect to complete it at 14mph or less, you won't make the cut offs. Train hard, have fun. Learn to ride in groups before taking it on. Shame it's not quite 100 miles, hasn't been on either occasion for me. 5 hours and 4 mins last year, 4 hours 41 this year
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    Karen M

    Did the RideLondon Surrey 100 in 2019

    I participated in the 2018 and 2019 ride for BHF. This event is an amazing ride, however, during both rides I started at 0800 am and this had a significant impact on the flow of the rider course. Due to significant number of rider collisions due to volume of riders and non-compliance with rider etiquette and narrow stretches of road, this resulted in two diversions in 2018 and 1 x in 2019. Unless you start earlier there is limited opportunity to get round in the required time. Thankfully I got round this year but due to stoppages I was 1 x hour slower than last. The route is challenging but rewarding. Please RL either change the route to minimise collisions or reduce the number of riders Or host the professional ride on the Saturday or later on the Sunday to allow the amateur riders time to get around the course and then get a medal. Brilliant volunteers as always though. !!
  • Did the RideLondon Surrey 100 in 2019

    I have applied unsuccessfully in the Ballot for the last 7 years. Im a 62 year old lady who has now raised nearly £14,000 for The Royal Marsden Cancer charity (where I am an outpatient) and also UNIQUE. I cannot keep asking for the same people to generously donate and feel that I have more than deserved a Ballot Place for next year? before Im too old or worse still, cancer returns. This years 100 miler event was great but marred by way too many converging groups causing massive congestion and accidents. Finishing on the Mall to no medal was also a huge disappointment. I do applaud the crews and all the supporters though. A great ride which Id love to do again but this time, for me. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed :-) Alison J Fairley, Oxon
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    D Walker

    Did the RideLondon Surrey 100 in 2019

    Sadly overall I didn’t enjoy it. Too much congestion. Must have had to stop at least six or seven times. Box Hill closed despite arriving more than an hour before cut off time. Just seemed to be either too many participants or very large clusters forming as a result of stoppages. Enjoyed 2015 ( my previous ride) but felt deflated this time.
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    Ben K

    Did the RideLondon Surrey 100 in 2019

    This has the potential to be an amazing event. Sadly, the organisers care more about the elite races than the tens of thousands of amateurs who largely fund the event. There are too many bottlenecks on the course and too many stoppages meaning that an event that should give a minimum of 8.5 hours to complete, in reality, only gives 6.5 hours to complete. Feed stations ran out of stock, they were missing a pallet of medals at the end and gave no extra time for cyclists held up by stoppages to finish the race.
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    Tim P

    Did the RideLondon Surrey 100 in 2019

    1) too many people / not enough spacing;
    2) 100 mile course appears to have been a few hundred yards short - lots of people have recorded it as 99.x miles / 159.y kms. Presume because end was moved?
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    Tim P

    Did the RideLondon Surrey 100 in 2019

    Too many riders / not enough gaps.
    For lots of people, the 100 miles recorded on Garmin/Strava at 99.x miles / 159.y kms...presume because finish was moved.
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    Gareth J

    Did the RideLondon Surrey 100 in 2019

    Poorly organised, no Marshall’s to direct you to the start. Entrances to the pens not clearly marked. Official vehicles parked dangerously in narrow lanes, poor feed stations, too many riders, too many bottlenecks, too many crashes, and to top it off, ran out of finishers medals. Bitterly disappointed.
  • Did the RideLondon Surrey 100 in 2019

    Too much congestion. An hour's walking time really held me up. Lack of food at feed stops. No toilet paper in the porta loos. Great support from the crowd.
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    Kim G

    Did the RideLondon Surrey 100 in 2019

    Too much stopping time. Unsure if it was congestion or accidents. Spent an hour walking, and missed the 100 miles. Barely any food at feed stop. Underwhelming finish line, walking up the Mall. The spectators were amazing.
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