28-30 July 2017 – 3 day festival of cycling
The Prudential RideLondon is a legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games. It’s an annual, 3 day festival of cycling developed by the Mayor of London and managed by London & Surrey Cycling Partnership.
Events on Sunday will run from London through Surrey on closed roads (pdf) Trains, cycling and walking are the best forms of transport on the day. Roads will be closed from 05:00 on Sunday 30th July. They plan to reopen by 19:30 though some open earlier.
In addition to the events below, the Prudential RideLondon Cycling Show is open from 10am to 8pm on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th of July and from 9am to 5pm on Saturday 29th July. The Prudential RideLondon Cycling Show is held at ExCeL, the international exhibition and conference centre in East London. The address is: excel-london.co.uk ExCeL, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL
What happens across the 3 days?
At the Lee Valley VeloPark road circuit and BMX track. Abercrombie Road, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 3AB
11:00 Prudential RideLondon Handcycle Grand Prix (30 minute race)
12:10 Prudential RideLondon Elite Handcycle Grand Prix (45 minute race)
13:55 Prudential RideLondon Youths Grand Prix – Youth B Girls
14:30 BMX Motos
14:55 Prudential RideLondon Youths Grand Prix – Youth B Boys
15:55 Prudential RideLondon Youths Grand Prix – Youth A Girls
16:05 BMX Quarter Finals
16:45 BMX Semi Finals
16:55 Prudential RideLondon Youths Grand Prix – Youth A Boys
17:10 BMX Finals
This is in central London on roads closed to traffic for the event. It’s an opportunity to get the whole family together to experience the fun and freedom of cycling in the capital on traffic-free roads.
You must register for this event.
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The Brompton World Championship
The race will take place at 19:15 on Saturday 29 July. The iconic race course covers eight laps around St James’ Park, past Buckingham Palace and down The Mall. Competitors start the race with a Le Mans-style dash, unfolding their bikes before taking on the 16km circuit. The fastest person to complete the race then ends the race. Entry is by ballot and now closed for 2017.
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Starts at 17:00 on Saturday 29 July. International women’s teams take part in this spectacular 5.5km circuit in central London, beginning on The Mall in St James’s Park, going up Constitution Hill, turning at the top to come down and on to Birdcage Walk, then passing Big Ben and turning left on to Whitehall and right on to the Strand before turning again to come back up the Strand, through Trafalgar Square, Admiralty Arch and back on to The Mall.
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Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 (25,000 amateur cyclists)
Starts at 05:45 in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside and finishes on The Mall in central London. 150 professional cyclists do a similar route shortly before the thousands of public participants join on the Surrey 100. (Ballot entry – now closed for 2017).
The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 passes through Kingston twice – at roughly 25 miles and 85 miles – so spectators will have two opportunities to cheer on riders and enjoy the street festival taking place in the town.
Surrey 46 (5,000 amateur cyclists)
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 a great introduction to cycling on traffic-free roads and is a wonderful way to ride your first sportive (not a race). Entry is by ballot which usually closes by end of May.
The route is similar to the Surrey-100 but shorter. Riders will depart in waves from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 09:00-09:45, immediately after the last start wave of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.They finish in The Mall, London.
Kingston upon Thames is a fantastic place to see all the action as the races pass through twice. The town centre is alive with cycling related events, food stalls, pubs and restaurants are open. There are screens to catch up with where the cyclists are and there are lots of place to see the action as the route uses the town centre as well as Kingston Bridge. See map below.
Surrey Classic (150 world professional cyclists)
Starts 13:40 and follows a similar route to the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 sportive. It departs from Horse Guards Parade with the main start at V&A Museum at 13:45. They should pass through Kingston around 2pm and again around 5pm but check the
What goes on in Kingston Sunday 30th
The cyclists pass through Kingston twice – the only place on the route where this occurs. Not only is Kingston a great place to see the action close up, but the town puts on a fantastic range of events: big screens, live music, street entertainment, BMX stunt show, stalls plus great food and drink available in and around the town centre.
Approximate cycling event times below – check with the Prudential Ride London website or social media on the day.
Amature cyclists from 06:35
Professionals from 14:10
Kingston Hill (eastbound)
London Rd (eastbound)
Cromwell Rd (eastbound)
Queen Elizabeth Rd (eastbound)
Sopwith Way (eastbound)
Wood Street (eastbound)
Horse Fair (eastbound)
Kingston Bridge (eastbound)
Kingston Bridge (eastbound)
Amature cyclists from 09:00
Professionals from 17:30
High Street Kingston (westbound)
Clarence Street (westbound)
Horse Fair (westbound)
Wood Street (westbound)
Fairfield North (westbound)
London Road (westbound)
Coombe Lane West
Route through Kingston
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 BridgeWood 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.
All you need to know about cycling in Kingston www.cyclekingston.net
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.