Prudential RideLondon: the world’s greatest festival of cycling
A true legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games
Developed by the Mayor of London and his team in 2013, the Prudential RideLondon is the world’s greatest festival of cycling.
While the Mayor and his people are the custodians of Prudential RideLondon, the London & Surrey Cycling Partnership (LSCP), a partnership between London Marathon Events Limited (owners and operators of the London Marathon since 1981) and SweetSpot Group Limited (operators of the Tour of Britain), manages the event.
LSCP works with Transport for London (TfL) and London & Partners (the Mayor’s official promotional organisation) to co-ordinate the significant technical requirements for the event and work in partnership with London Boroughs, Surrey County Council, The Royal Parks, London Legacy Development Corporation and British Cycling, who are each integral to the delivery of the event.
There is no other closed-road event like it that combines the fun and accessible element of a free family ride in central London with the excitement of watching the world’s best professional cyclist’s race in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic and Prudential RideLondon Classique.
Prudential RideLondon also generates money for good causes; participants and spectators alike have raised more than £53 million for charity since 2013.
After the inaugural event in 2013, the vision for Prudential RideLondon – to be one of the world’s leading cycling events and a lasting legacy of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games – has become reality.
My adventures in trying to gain a place…
I first applied to ride the Prudential RideLondon 100 in September 2013 to ride in the July 2014 event.
It is a ballot (names out of a hat) – apply in September and hear whether or not you have gained a place in February the following year (in this case 2014). Approx 80,000 cyclists apply every year.
I wasn’t lucky, and didn’t get a place. I carried on with my riding and enjoyed the summer. I applied again in September 2014 for the July 2015 event – again no luck…!
Maybe third time lucky – and applying in September 2015 for July 2016 – success – I managed to land a place.
And then – more bad luck – I had my crash in Jan 2017 – but still hoped to ride in the July event. However, my recovery to full riding was taking time. I didn’t get on a bike for 3 months. And didn’t ride on the road for over a year.
OK, I thought – let’s defer my place to 2018 – but you can’t do that… you can only defer once. So, it was back to the ballot, and surprise, surprise no luck this time either.
I wanted to ride in July 2018, as I would be 70 in 2018, just before the event. Therefore, I had to think up a cunning plan.
I would ride, for and on behalf, of the CFC promising to raise a minimum of £500 for them.
As my back was not a lot better, I thought it best to take some advice. Talking with the doctors / consultants / chiropractor and ophthalmologist (I was still experiencing ‘double vision’), they all felt that it would not be a “good idea”.
I had to tell the CFC that I had to cancel my ride, and if everything worked out, would ride in 2019. It was a case of falling back on the ballot again for July 2019.
The seventh edition of the Prudential RideLondon 100 will take place over the weekend of 3rd – 4th August 2019.
Next Update – Feb 2019 to see if I’ve secured a place!
Prudential RideLondon100 = Sun 4th August 2019