More than 86,000 cyclists have entered the ballot for the 2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, the third edition of the Olympic legacy event.
The 100-mile sportive will take place on Sunday, August 2, once again taking in the testing hills of the Surrey countryside, and returning to London for a finish on The Mall by Buckingham Palace.
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Around 25,000 lucky riders will be drawn from the ballot and will learn of their place in the event, which raised more than £10m for charity in 2014 despite terrible weather conditions blighting the day.
Event organiser Hugh Brasher said: “We think this is the biggest number of people to apply for a sportive anywhere in the world.
“The growth of cycling in the UK continues to develop at an extraordinary rate and Prudential RideLondon is proud to do its part in getting more people on bikes.”
More than 95,000 people are set to take part in the RideLondon weekend, with a FreeCycle, Grand Prix and Handcycle Classic staged alongside the RideLondon-Surrey Classic over the weekend.