Prudential RideLondon is an annual world-class two-day cycling festival developed by the Mayor of London and his agencies in partnership with Surrey County Council. It 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. Taking a cue from the London Marathon, amateur cyclists also participate by riding a 100- mile challenge on the same closed roads as the professionals, with the added incentive of raising money for good causes. The inaugural event in 2013 raised in excess of £3.5m for charity.
Prudential RideLondon comprises the following four events:
Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle
Saturday 9 August 2014, offers the chance for all the family to enjoy an eight-mile traffic-free loop on closed roads through central London passing some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks. Everyone is welcome, no matter what age or ability. Cyclists will be able to cycle the course at any pace and as many times as they like, stopping en route to enjoy a range of bike-based entertainment and activities. Everyone who registers in advance will also receive a Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle magazine and tabard.
Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix
Saturday 9 August 2014, showcases the Olympic cyclists of the future in a series of junior events, celebrates the capital’s Paralympic legacy with handcycle racing and offers a superb opportunity to witness and support professional women’s cycle racing. The Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix races will take place on closed roads in and around St James’s Park.
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
Sunday 10 August 2014, will see 20,000-plus amateur cyclists take on a cycling challenge like no other through London and Surrey on a similar route to that of the London 2012 Olympic Road Cycling Races. Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 will start in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then travel through the capital and onto Surrey’s stunning country roads and hills before finishing in iconic central London.
As well as an opportunity to take on a personal challenge, participants’ involvement will benefit good causes with thousands riding for charity. There’s also a Business Relay for teams of four who will ride approximately 25 miles each.
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic
Sunday 10 August 2014, will see 150 of the world’s top cyclists follow the same route as the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 sportive with an extended route to meet international race requirements.
The Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling is Britain's biggest-ever celebration of life on two wheels, with events for everyone from the Olympic elite to beginners. Find out more about the four Prudential RideLondon events on www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk