Mayor of London Boris Johnson today launched London’s Olympic Cycling legacy event, which will end Great Britain’s long overdue wait for a top-level
one-day race.

The new weekend of cycling, called Ride London, will be run by Tour of Britain organiser SweetSpot and the London Marathon. It is scheduled to take place for the first time next August (2013), with the weekend of August 3-4 earmarked as the provisional dates for the inaugural edition.

Stratford’s Olympic Park will host a family fun ride on day one of the festival (Saturday, August 3), and will be the start of a closed-roads sportive, elite criterium and professional road race on Sunday, August 4.

Riders in the sportive and road race will head into central London, before heading towards Surrey in a route that largely replicates that of the Olympic road races. Both events are currently scheduled to finish on The Mall. 

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) ranking for the pro race has yet to be announced.

The Grand Prix criterium uses a closed roads circuit around St James’s Park and takes place before the end of the sportive.

It is hoped the 100,000 people will take part in the fun ride or sportive, and it is expected that there will be live television coverage of the pro race – to be confirmed.

Plans for the two-day festival of cycling were first unveiled in January, and a shortlist of six potential delivery partners – including Tour de France organiser ASO – were announced in March.

More later…

Ride London 2013 schedule
Saturday, August 3 2013
Freecycle, family ride

Sunday, August 4 2013
Grand Prix criterium
Ride London 100 sportive
Ride London Classic

External link

Ride London website


  • Scott

    This event caused traffic chaos and I for one lost a day’s work due to it. Public transport is cut off and numerous road closures mean that despite setting off several hours early, I could not reach my work. One cannot go cutting half a city off from the other half because of these silly events.

  • deborah watts

    ok have some fun but come on for god sake no road tax no insurance stopping businesses from working !! causing nothing but a headache to road users who have to pay tax and ins taking up police time they should have to pay a fee to do these silly waste of time events

  • s.shok

    Could you tell when we are due at The Mall;(both days,morning and evening).Thanks.

  • Hester Enthoven

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  • Frank Green

    Why a Ride london event? A Classics type world event in Lancashire/ Yorkshire showcasing rural and industrial landscapes would be a great idea. The box hill loop although pretty lacks the character that a classic held in the industrial valleys of northern England would. Just 13 miles east of Manchester are the vicious ramps of Saddleworth, whose beautiful rural and industrial heritage would be a great backdrop.

  • jeremy brockman

    Get idea. However….. Why not make it a national event, happening in centres across the country, not just London. Let’s see if we could get riders across the country to cover the same distance of the moon (approx 238857 miles each way) and back.

  • Denzil

    Have you seen the cost of the 100 Sportive… it’s nearly fifty quid! Hardly for the working man, or woman.

  • Keith Bingham

    You’re right, Julia. It’s all very well backing a top class road race, sportive and family ride on closed roads, and boasting he is promoting cycling, but the Major is doing little to improve the many dangerous junctions across
    London which make cycling hazardous.


  • Julia

    So Sky have dropped their sponsorship and the mayor is rebadging an already long exsiting event (put on by Ken Livingstone) as a new legacy whilst tying it onto Tour of Britain to save on logistics costs? What about sorting out our cycle lanes and dangerous junctions?