London–Surrey Classic

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RideLondon–Surrey Classic
RideLondon–Surrey Classic.svg
Race details
RegionGreat Britain
CompetitionUCI World Tour (Cat 1.HC)
OrganiserLondon & Surrey Cycling Partnership (LSCP)
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First edition2011 (2011)
Editions7 (as of 2018)
First winner Mark Cavendish (GBR)
Most recent Pascal Ackermann (GER)

The London–Surrey Classic (also known as the RideLondon–Surrey Classic) is an annual 193 km (119.9 mi) men's professional one-day road bicycle racing starting and finishing in London and routed via the picturesque Surrey Hills. The first race of its kind was the London–Surrey Cycle Classic, on 14 August 2011, a 1.2 classification[1] 140 km preparatory event for the 2012 Summer Olympics, which was won by sprinter Mark Cavendish. The men's and women's Olympic road races were held on a longer variation of the same course the following year. On 4 August 2013, the race found a permanent home as part of the Prudential RideLondon weekend, a two-day cycling festival held in London, a legacy event of the Olympics.

The Prudential RideLondon–Surrey Classic is part of the UCI World Tour and, as of 2017, is classified as a UCI World Tour category event.[2] [3] [4] [5]



London-Surrey Cycle Classic[edit]

A part of the London Prepares series a one-off one-day 140 km (87.0 mi) cycle race was organised for 14 August 2011 acting as a test event for the Olympic Road Cycling events to be held the following year. The race was named the London-Surrey Cycle Classic and was part of the 2010–11 UCI Europe Tour as a 1.2 category event.[6]

The race started and finished on The Mall in London and featured two laps of a 15.5 km (9.6 mi) circuit centred on Box Hill in Surrey.[7] 138 riders from 19 national teams and 10 trade teams took part in the race, and was won by Mark Cavendish in a sprint finish.[8]

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

The peloton of the Men's Olympic Road Race in Southwest London.
The peloton of the Women's Olympic Road Race in Southwest London.

The 2012 Summer Olympics held road cycling races for both men and women on a largely similar course to that of the London-Surrey Cycle Classic held the previous year.

RideLondon–Surrey Classic[edit]

The RideLondon weekend, including the RideLondon–Surrey Classic, was announced by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson on 10 August 2012, less than two weeks after the Olympic Road Cycling races.[9] RideLondon is managed by the London & Surrey Cycling Partnership, a joint venture between the organisers of the London Marathon and The Tour of Britain.

The inaugural RideLondon–Surrey Classic was run as a 1.1 category event on the 2013 UCI Europe Tour. The UCI upgraded the classification for the 2014 race which was run as a 1.HC category event on the 2014 UCI Europe Tour; the same classification as Paris–Tours and Milano–Torino.[10]

UCI World Tour status[edit]

The RideLondon event director, Hugh Brasher, stated his ambitions to attain UCI World Tour status for the RideLondon–Surrey Classic by 2016.[11] This was backed up by positive rider reaction following the inaugural race, including from Arnaud Démare's teammate Dominique Rollin.[12] In March 2016 the race organisation applied for WorldTour status from the 2017 event[13] and in August 2016 the UCI confirmed that the race would be promoted to the WorldTour from 2017.[14]


The profile of the 2013 Prudential RideLondon–Surrey Classic
The profile of the 2014 Prudential RideLondon–Surrey Classic

The RideLondon–Surrey Classic route is a variation of the course used for the 2012 Summer Olympics.[15] The route features both categorised climbs and intermediate sprint points.

Riders start from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park close to the Olympic Velodrome before passing close to Canary Wharf and the Tower of London on the way through central London. Leaving London by the A4 the route passes through Richmond Park, Kingston upon Thames and Hampton Court Palace. In Surrey the route passes through Weybridge and Ripley on the way to the first of the categorised climbs and the leafy villages of the Surrey Hills.

Multiple laps of hilly terrain in the vicinity of Dorking incorporate further categorised climbs, including Leith Hill - the highest point in South-East England. On the return to London the route takes in the final categorised climb of Box Hill before the largely flat run-in via Oxshott, Kingston upon Thames, Wimbledon and Putney. The final kilometres follow the Embankment, past the Palace of Westminster, along Whitehall and turning left through Admiralty Arch before the finish on The Mall.

Sprints classification[edit]

Intermediate Sprints count towards the sprints classification; the points distribution for this classification is as follows:

Sprint 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Intermediate Sprint 5 3 2 1

Note that points are not awarded at the finish line.

King of the Mountains classification[edit]

Categorised climbs count towards the King of the Mountains classification; the points distribution for this classification is as follows:

Category 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Cat 1 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Cat 2 6 5 4 3 2 1
Cat 3 4 3 2 1

The categorised climbs that have featured in the RideLondon–Surrey Classic include:

Climb Editions Category Length Ascent Average grade Max. grade
Box Hill[16] 2013-2014 Cat 2 2.5 km (1.6 mi) 123 m (404 ft) 4.9% 10.9%
Coldharbour[17] 2014 Cat 2 1.8 km (1.1 mi) 130 m (427 ft) 7.2% 14.2%
Denbies Wine Estate[18] 2014 Cat 2 2.5 km (1.6 mi) 137 m (449 ft) 5.5% 13.1%
Newlands Corner[19] 2013 Cat 3 1.8 km (1.1 mi) 84 m (276 ft) 4.7% 9.6%
Staple Lane[20] 2014 Cat 2 1.4 km (0.9 mi) 82 m (269 ft) 5.9% 9.9%
Leith Hill[21] 2013 Cat 2 2.1 km (1.3 mi) 139 m (456 ft) 6.6% 11.8%


Overall winners[edit]

Rider Team
2011 United Kingdom Mark Cavendish (GBR) Great Britain national team
2012 No race (see 2012 Olympic road race)
2013 France Arnaud Démare (FRA)
2014 United Kingdom Adam Blythe (GBR) NFTO
2015 Luxembourg Jempy Drucker (LUX) BMC Racing Team
2016 Belgium Tom Boonen (BEL) Etixx–Quick-Step
2017 Norway Alexander Kristoff (NOR) Team Katusha–Alpecin
2018 Germany Pascal Ackermann (GER) Bora–Hansgrohe

Overall winners by nationality[edit]

# of victories Country
2  United Kingdom
1  France
1  Luxembourg
1  Belgium
1  Norway
1  Germany

Sprints classification winners[edit]

Rider Team
2013 Netherlands Ramon Sinkeldam (NED) Argos–Shimano
2014 Netherlands Steven Lammertink (NED) Giant–Shimano
2015 United Kingdom Peter Williams (GBR) ONE Pro Cycling
2016 Spain Jonathan Lastra (ESP) Caja Rural–Seguros RGA
2017 Italy Matteo Trentin (ITA) Quick-Step Floors
2018 Italy Manuele Boaro (ITA) Bahrain–Merida

King of the Mountains classification winners[edit]

Rider Team
2013 Netherlands Ramon Sinkeldam (NED) Argos–Shimano
2014 United Kingdom Steve Lampier (GBR) Velosure–Giordana
2015 United Kingdom Erick Rowsell (GBR) Madison Genesis
2016 Luxembourg Jempy Drucker (LUX) BMC Racing Team
2017 Denmark Mads Würtz Schmidt (DEN) Team Katusha–Alpecin
2018 France Alexis Gougeard (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale


  • The fastest RideLondon–Surrey Classic was in 2017, by Alexander Kristoff at a speed of 45.39 km/h (28.20 mph).
  • The highest number of finishers was in 2013 - 131 out of 147 starters completed the course within the time limit.


Surrey County Council has agreed to support the RideLondon events until 2018, with an option of a further two-year extension.[22]


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  7. ^ Will Irwin and Andy McGrath (12 August 2011). "London – Surrey Cycle Classic the big preview". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  8. ^ Andy McGrath & Nigel Wynn (14 August 2011). "Cavendish wins London–Surrey Cycle Classic". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Mayor announces world class RideLondon event to take forward capital's Olympic legacy". Mayor of London. 10 August 2012.
  10. ^ "2014 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic awarded hors catégorie status". Cycling Weekly. 27 September 2013.
  11. ^ "A thrilling showpiece for British cycling". The Telegraph. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  12. ^ "Rollin tips RideLondon–Surrey Classic for WorldTour". Cycling News. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  13. ^ Clarke, Stuart. "RideLondon-Surrey Classic one of 21 races to apply for WorldTour status". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  14. ^ Wynn, Nigel. "RideLondon moves up to WorldTour status as UCI reveals 2017 race calendar". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Britain gets set to host its biggest ever one-day race". Prudential RideLondon. 6 February 2013. Archived from the original on 29 August 2014.
  16. ^ "Box Hill GPX Track". Ride With GPS. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  17. ^ "Coldharbour GPX Track". Ride With GPS. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  18. ^ "Denbies GPX Track". Ride With GPS. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  19. ^ "Newlands Corner GPX Track". Ride With GPS. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  20. ^ "Staple Lane GPX Track". Ride With GPS. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  21. ^ "Leith Hill GPX Track". Ride With GPS. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  22. ^ "Prudential RideLondon FAQs". Prudential RideLondon. Retrieved 11 August 2013.

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