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|Founder||Mayor of London, London and Partners, Transport for London and Surrey County Council|
|Next event||28–29 July 2018|
|Organised by||London & Surrey Cycling Partnership|
RideLondon, known through sponsorship as Prudential RideLondon, is an annual festival of cycling held in London. It was developed by the Mayor of London, London and Partners and Transport for London in partnership with Surrey County Council, and is managed by London & Surrey Cycling Partnership.
The festival was designed as an annual legacy from the London 2012 Olympic Games and first held in 2013. The format consists of a series of cycling events on closed roads around London and Surrey for amateur cyclists and professionals, culminating in the London–Surrey Classic, a one-day international road cycling.
- 1 Overview
- 2 History
- 3 Results
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Prudential RideLondon is composed of a number of events taking place the weekend following the end of the Tour de France at the end of July every year.
Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle
Taking place on the Saturday, the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle offers an opportunity for people of all ages to cycle on traffic-free roads in Central London, passing landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, the Bank of England, the Houses of Parliament and St Paul's Cathedral. Alongside the FreeCycle route, there are also seven festival zones, all of which have a variety of bike-based activates riders can get involved in.
Prudential RideLondon Classique
The Prudential RideLondon Classique is a UCI Women's WorldTour race on the Saturday evening on a 5.5 km circuit in central London, beginning and finishing on The Mall. The women’s elite race, previously known as the Grand Prix pro race, was given UCI World Tour Status in 2016 and has the highest ever value prize money for a women’s one-day race. This is also the same prize money as won in the men’s elite race.
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 takes place on the Sunday. Over 25,000 amateur cyclists start in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then cycle through the capital and onto Surrey's country roads and the Surrey Hills before a finish on The Mall in central London. Many of the riders are sponsored for charities: £12.5 million was raised for charity in 2017.
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46
First established in 2016, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 takes place on the Sunday morning. The 46-mile route on traffic-free roads begins at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London and follows the same route as the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 for the first 27 miles before linking to with the last 17 miles through London to the finish in The Mall.
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic
The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on the Sunday, is a UCI WorldTour event which follows largely the same route as the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 sportive with multiple circuits in and around Dorking.
Brompton World Championship
The Brompton World Championship first became part of the RideLondon cycling festival in 2015. The event involves 550 Brompton riders racing around a central London circuit on the iconic foldable bikes and ends with a sprint finish on The Mall. Riders are generally dressed in suits, due to the strict no lycra rule in order to reflect the Brompton bikes place in a the modern day commuter lifestyle.
Prudential RideLondon HandCycle Races and Junior Races
The prudential RideLondon HandCycle and Junior races are also included in the RideLondon weekend. The elite HandCycle event has been won by Rafal Wilk of Poland in 2016 and 2017 while Christine Reppe of Germany won the women’s elite handcycle in 2017. The amateur handcycle event is for injured veteran servicemen and women. The Junior categories feature boys and girls races for 13-16 years old.
The origins of RideLondon can be traced back to when London was awarded the rights to stage the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. Subsequently, London has staged a number of cycling events. In 2007, London hosted the Tour de France Grand Depart and also closed roads to create a day-long safe cycling environment in city centre, known at the time as The London Freewheel. This annual one day event continued between 2007-2011 and from 2009 became known as the Mayor of London's Skyride.
Ambition to create a new world-class event for cycling, that could one day rival London's most iconic sporting events such as the London Marathon and the Wimbledon Championships, was born. The aim of the annual event is to include the world's top men, women and hand cyclists racing as part of the international cycling calendar in order to challenge and inspire people from all backgrounds to get on two wheels. In late 2011 and early 2012, Mayor Boris Johnson assessed and formally approved the recommendation to create the event  and, at the start of the Olympic year, the search for a suitably qualified and experienced Delivery Partner was launched. After detailed work, a joint venture including the organisers of London Marathon and the Tour of Britain under the name of the London & Surrey Cycling Partnership was selected to make the event a reality. The event would be delivered in partnership with Surrey County Council and include a route through the Surrey Hills, which also mirrored the London Olympic Games road race. The event is part of the London 2012 Olympic legacy.
In August 2012, as the Olympic Games drew to a close, the Mayor of London and the London & Surrey Cycling Partnership, alongside British Cycling and double Olympic champion Laura Trott, formally launched RideLondon  and called for fans to sign up to the 100-mile challenge. The event's first title sponsor, Prudential, was announced in early 2013  by which time more than 55,000 people had signed up to be one of the first riders to participate in the inaugural RideLondon-Surrey 100. This race is part of the Prudential RideLondon festival weekend with coverage to be broadcast live on BBC and international TV.
The RideLondon vision was to showcase the capital to nationwide and international audiences, generate economic benefit from participant and spectator expenditure and inspire more people to take up regular cycling.
In its first year, more than 16,000 people started the RideLondon-Surrey 100, more than 50,000 took part in RideLondon FreeCycle and over 1,000 volunteers helped run the event. 99% of participants rated the event as good or excellent and riders in the RideLondon-Surrey 100 raised more than £7 million for charity.
In 2014, over 16,000 completed the RideLondon-Surrey 100 (shortened to 86 miles due to adverse weather conditions) with 60,000 taking part in the FreeCycle  and more than £10 million being raised for charity by riders in the RideLondon-Surrey 100. This set a new record for a UK one-day cycling event for a second successive year.
In response to the huge demand for the event, places were increased by 25 per cent in 2015, with more than 25,000 riders crossing the Start Line in Queen Elizabeth Park Olympic Park on 2 August. This year a new event was also added to the RideLondon cycling festival; the10th Brompton Bicycle World Championship Final. This event which featured in the RideLondon Grand Prix races in St James's Park and was the first time that the Brompton World Championship Final had been held in London. The event opened with a Le Mans-style start as 500 smartly-dressed competitors from around the world made a mad dash to unfold their bikes before setting off on the circuit. Six Festival Zones (up from five in 2014) in RideLondon FreeCycle offered riders a chance to stop and enjoy a huge range of free bike-based entertainment and to try out many different bike-based activities. The women's RideLondon Grand Prix race was also one of the biggest one-day races on the international calendar and was again televised live by the BBC.
In 2016, a new 46 mile event was launched by Bradley Wiggins specifically for newer and younger cyclists. The RideLondon-Surrey 46 on traffic-free roads starts at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and follows the same route as RideLondon-Surrey 100 for the first 27 miles before taking a new two-mile route, which then links up with the last 17 miles to the finish in The Mall.
A new format for the RideLondon Grand Prix was also announced. From 2016 it is to be held at the Lee Valley Velopark in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and include handcycle, junior and BMX races for the first time.
In 2017, the RideLondon-Surrey Classic and RideLondon Classique both gained UCI WorldTour status and became the richest one-day races in cycling offering equal prize money for both the mens and womens races. Riders in the RideLondon-Surrey 100 and RideLondon-Surrey 46 together raised £12.75 million for charity. .
|Year||Men's Elite||Women's Elite||World Brompton Championship Final|
|2013||Arnaud Démare, France, FDJ.fr||Laura Trott, United Kingdom, Wiggle Honda||Held at Orbital Festival, Goodwood Circuit|
|2014||Adam Blythe, United Kingdom, NFTO Pro Cycling||Giorgia Bronzini, Italy, Wiggle Honda||Held at Orbital Festival, Goodwood Circuit|
|2015||Jean Pierre Jempy Drucker, Luxembourg, BMC Racing Team||Barbara Guarischi, Italy, Velocio-SRAM||Mark Emsley, United Kingdom|
|2016||Tom Boonen, Belgium, Etixx–Quick-Step team||Kirsten Wild, Netherlands, Team Hitec Products||Mark Emsley, United Kingdom|
|2017||Alexander Kristoff, Norway, Katusha-Alpecin team||Coryn Rivera, United States, Team Sunweb (women's team)||Unai Alvarez , Spain|
- Grand Prix results
|Year||Men’s Elite Handcycle||Women's Elite Handcycle||Men’s Grand Prix Handcycle||Women’s Grand Prix Handcycle||Youth U16 Men||Youth U16 Women||Youth U14 Male||Youth U14 Female||Youth BMX Grand Prix 13-14 Male||Youth BMX Grand Prix 13-14 Female|
|2013||Walter Ablinger, Austria||Andrea Eskau Germany||B. Drewett, United Kingdom, Fareham Wheelers CC, Eastleigh||S. Birchall, United Kingdom, Lyme Racing Club, Newcastle-under-Lyme|
|2014||Walter Ablinger, Austria||E. Hayter, United Kingdom, London Boys Team||S. Capewell, United Kingdom, West Midlands – Girls Team|
|2015||Brian Alldis, United Kingdom||J. Stewart, United Kingdom, West Midlands Region||E. Barnwell, United Kingdom, Wales|
|2016||Rafal Wilk, Poland||Renata Kaluza, Poland||Jonathan Waters, United Kingdom||Jen Warren, United Kingdom||J. Price, United Kingdom, Wales||A. Baker, United Kingdom, Central||Hamish MacLaren, United Kingdom, Scotland||Emma Finucane, United Kingdom, Wales||Luke Mendes, United Kingdom, Milton Keynes BMX Racing Club||Emily Orena United Kingdom, Hayes Hawks BMX Club|
|2017||Rafal Wilk, Poland||Christine Reppe, Germany||James Pearce, United Kingdom||Jen Warren, United Kingdom||Finley Newmark, United Kingdom||Kate Wooten, United Kingdom, Central||Billy Gilbey, United Kingdom||Natalie Bloomer, United Kingdom|
- 2013 Inaugural Prudential RideLondon results
- Men's Elite
|1||Arnaud Démare (FRA)||FDJ.fr||5:07:43|
|2||Sacha Modolo (ITA)||Bardiani Valvole–CSF Inox||s.t.|
|3||Yannick Martinez (FRA)||La Pomme Marseille||s.t.|
|4||Fabio Sabatini (ITA)||Cannondale||s.t.|
|5||Danny van Poppel (NED)||Vacansoleil–DCM||s.t.|
|6||Zak Dempster (AUS)||NetApp–Endura||s.t.|
|7||Raymond Kreder (NED)||Garmin–Sharp||s.t.|
|8||Christian Delle Stelle (ITA)||Bardiani Valvole–CSF Inox||s.t.|
|9||Christopher Sutton (AUS)||Team Sky||s.t.|
|10||Ben Swift (GBR)||Team Sky||s.t.|
- Elite Women
|1||Laura Trott (GBR)||45:26|
|2||Hannah Barnes (GBR)||45:27|
|3||Loren Rowney (AUS)||Same time|
|4||Dani King (GBR)||Same time|
|5||Loes Gunnewijk (NED)||Same time|
|6||Harriet Owen (GBR)||Same time|
|7||Jaqueline Hahn (AUT)||Same time|
|8||Lauren Creamer (GBR)||Same time|
|9||Christiana Perchtold (AUT)||45:28|
|10||Mary Costelloe (IRL)||Same time|
|1||Walter Ablinger (AUT)||30:15|
|2||Brian Aldiss (GBR)||30:16|
|3||Heinz Frei (CHE)||30:18|
|4||Chris Madden (GBR)||31:57|
|5||Alastair Corps-Bell (GBR)||33:38|
|6||Alan Cook (GBR)||33:38|
|7||Justin Davis (GBR)||33:40|
|8||Steve Arnold (GBR)||Lapped twice, time not taken|
|1||Andrea Eskau (GER)||30:21|
|2||Karen Drake (GBR)||Lapped once, time not taken|
|3||Liz McTernan (GBR)||Lapped once, time not taken|
|4||Rachel Morris (GBR)||Lapped once, time not taken|
- U16 Men
|1||B. Drewett (GBR)||Fareham Wheelers CC, Eastleigh||31:08|
|2||E. Kirkbride (GBR)||Border City Wheelers CC, Carlisle||31:09|
- U16 Women
|1||S. Birchall (GBR)||Lyme Racing Club, Newcastle-under-Lyme||34:03|
|2||R. Martin (GBR)||Ribble Valley Juniors, Kirkham, Lancashire||Same time|
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