Details of RideLondon, the Olympic and Paralympic legacy mass participation and elite events, were unveiled last night with insurance group Prudential stepping up as title sponsor of the four events that will take place over the weekend of August 3 and 4.

The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 mass participation ride and the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic elite event, both on August 4, will begin at the Olympic Park and head to Canary Wharf before tracing the route of the Olympic Games road races through central London and into Surrey via Richmond Park.

Both events will take in Leith Hill and Box Hill before routing through South West London to the finish on The Mall. At 140 miles the elite event will make up the extra 40 miles of distance through three ascents of Leith Hill.

Remarkably the race, which will be ranked UCI 1.1 and feature 25 teams of six riders, will, along with the mass participation event, take riders through the narrow landmark of Admiralty Arch just metres before the finish.

Participants in the RideLondon-Surrey 100 will start ahead of the elite event and will have a nine-hour cut-off to ensure the elite event does not overlap.

An eight-mile ‘FreeCycle’ event will also take place on Saturday August 3 along with a women’s circuit race, the RideLondon Grand Prix.

Speaking on the event website ahead of the official launch in London this morning, Mayor of London Boris Johnson said, “following the superhuman efforts of our Team GB cyclists last year, thousands of cycling enthusiasts, both experienced and amateur, riding a fantastic route through the streets of our fine city is surely a fitting legacy.

“I am delighted that six months on from Laura Trott’s breathtaking gold in the Omnium we are in a position to announce the routes and title sponsor. Prudential RideLondon is sure to become one of the world’s top cycling events, the countdown to the start of the event begins now.”

Those who applied to the ballot of the mass-participation event are expected to find out if their application has been successful today (Thursday, February 7).

Prudential were title sponsors of a former incarnation of the Tour of Britain in 1998 and 1999, the PruTour.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Olympic champion Laura Trott with Tidjane Thiam and children from the Field End junior school

Click on the route map below to enlarge image in a new window

Related links

50,000 register for RideLondon cycle challenge

25,000 register for Ride London

Ride London Olympic cycling legacy event launched

External link

Ride London website


  • RogerC

    Last year Boris Johnson did it on a hybrid in about eight and a half hours. So probably a fairly fit person could just rock up on a hybrid and finish.

  • RogerC

    With 9 hours available a hybrid or mountain bike could do this course without having to be super fit. Much easier on abroad bike but a fairly standard hybrid wouldn’t cause too much of an issue to a fairly fit person. To finish in 7 hours or less I’d want a road bike or a TT bike.

  • Ian

    I’ve got a place through the British Heart Foundation with my Best Man. Done the L2B for the BHF twice (doing it again this year as it’s a perfect warm up) but never rode longer than 56 miles before.

    Seriously considered using my hybrid, but I think it’s too borderline so ordering a road bike end of this month and will be clocking up some serious miles over the summer. Also blessed in that I live in Wales so will be doing some serious climbing practice to get ready for Leith and Box Hill (both of which are in the 2nd half of the route, I think Box Hill is about 70 miles in. That’s gonna seriously hurt!).

    The route looks amazing, how often do you get to start a cycle ride in the Olympic Park and finish with a sprint along the Mall?! Really excited and really terrified in equal measure.

    Good luck to all who enter, it should be an amazing (if potentially very painful!) Day 🙂

  • KT

    I got a place. Have never done a sportive, but have done the Dunwich Dynamo twice and London to Southend. I also do a a 15 mile round trip daily commute but it’s fairly flat. I ride a hybrid and am female. Am I likely to make it? Bit worried now!

  • jon tennant

    So who’s got a place ? Well I didn’t but my girlfriend did.
    As a member of a triathlon group based in Surrey it was interesting to hear from members who got in. The group is biased towards men, as I guess cycling in general is, but for every male member who got a place in our triathlon group, three women got in.
    As well as the odd TT, triathlon and sportive event I’ve done the London to Brighton, I wonder how many London to Brighton bike riders who only dust down and ( try ) to pump up their tyres for the L2B event have entered the Ride London event. 100 miles is a long day in the saddle, some of the climbs and descents are tough and there’s a cut off time of 9 hours. It’s not the sort of event where you can just rock up on a hybrid or mountain bike and ride it.

  • Ken Evans

    Will Boris and other politicians be riding in these events ??