Prudential RideLondon in Kingston upon Thames

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Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th July 2018 – festival of cycling

The Prudential RideLondon is a legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games. It’s an annual festival of cycling developed by the Mayor of London and managed by London & Surrey Cycling Partnership.

Kingston upon Thames is a great place to see the action as it’s the only point where the cyclists pass through on both inbound and outbound legs. Kingston celebrates the event with activities in the town centre: big screen, live music, street entertainment and BMX stunt show. There are lots of cafes, restaurant and bars and all the shops will be open for business.

Events on Sunday will run from London through Surrey  See routes. Trains, cycling and walking are the best forms of transport to Kingston on the day. Roads will be closed from 05:00 on Sunday 29th July. They plan to reopen by 19:30 though some open earlier.

Festival summary

Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix

The 2018 Prudential RideLondon Handcycle Grand Prix will start at 19:50 on Saturday 28 July. A number of Paralympians and leading British handcyclists will race around St James’s Park in central London.

FreeCycle Saturday 28 July 2018

Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle offers a brilliant opportunity to get the whole family together to experience the fun and freedom of cycling on traffic-free roads in central London.

Brompton World Championship

Saturday 28 July 2018. The famous eight lap circuit around St James’ Park starts on The Mall taking in Buckingham Palace. The race starts with a Le Mans-style dash, before taking on the 16km circuit. The first rider to cross the Finish Line ends the race and takes home a 2018 BWC special edition bike.

Prudential RideLondon Classique

Women’s one-day professional cycling race. The 2018 race starts at 17:00 on Saturday 28 July. The race takes place on a spectacular 5.5km circuit in central London.

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 Sunday 29 July 2018

Starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside.

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 Sunday 29 July 2018

Created specifically for newer cyclists and also younger cyclists, who might find a 100-mile challenge intimidating or, in the case of 16-18 year olds, they are not eligible to enter. (It’s not a race!) It’s a spectacular 46-mile route on traffic-free roads, beginning at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London and following the same route as the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 for the first 27 miles before taking a new two-mile route, which then links up with the last 17 miles through London to the finish in The Mall.

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 19 – 29 July 2018

A new event for 2018. Starting at Sandown Park in Surrey, the event will take in the final 19 miles of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 route, going through south west London, over Putney Bridge and into the centre of the capital to the spectacular finish on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. It has been created to encourage younger and newer riders to take part in their first mass-participation cycling event and to provide an opportunity for families and friends to ride together. The event is open to riders aged 12 upwards, although those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Riders will depart in waves from 14:30-15:30. They will finish on The Mall and will receive a unique medal.

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic

150 of he world’s best cyclists battle it out in Britain’s greatest one-day bike race on a 200km route through London and Surrey.  It will follow a similar route as the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 sportive.

Prudential RideLondon Cycling Show

The Show connects and inspires cyclists and would-be riders of all ages and abilities. Entry to the Prudential RideLondon Cycling Show at ExCeL London is FREE. 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL
Open from Thursday 26 July to Saturday 28 July at the following times:

  • Thursday 26 July: 10:00-20:00
  • Friday 27 July: 10:00-20:00
  • Saturday 28 July: 09:00-17:00

Full Prudential RideLondon route

Prudential RideLondon route 2018

Good places to see the action

  • The Ancient Market Place: Not only at the heart of the activity with cycling related events, BMX stunt display, giant screen, food stalls, cafes and shops but the inbound cyclists pass through the Market Place
  • Kingston Bridge and the main approach roads to Kingston Bridge, Wood Street, Clarence Street, Fairfield North, Cromwell Road
  • Portsmouth Road leading into Kingston from Surbiton for the inbound leg

Town centre activities wind down at 18:00 and all roads should be open by 19:30 – some earlier on outbound routes. A3 open on the day but some slip roads are closed. Richmond park is closed to traffic all day.

Looking for somewhere to eat?

If you are in Kingston’s Market Place there are lots of pop-up-food places close to the Italian styled market house. Take the passageway next to Joules and you will be in the Apple Market where you ‘ll find The Terrace and other cafes with outside seating. The Bentall Centre and Bentall’s department store also have food areas and if you are after riverside views take one of the passageways near Next, Clas Ohlson or TK Max.
Down the main pedestrianised high street you’ll see Marks & Spencers and on the left Fife Road which has fabulous cafes and restaurants.

If you have chosen Portsmouth Road to watch the action you won’t be far from Hart’s Boatyard, The River Hut and the Riverside Cafe

See other places to eat in an around Kingston