Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 July 2016
The Prudential RideLondon is a legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games. It’s an annual 2 day festival of cycling developed by the Mayor of London and managed by London & Surrey Cycling Partnership.
Saturday events are in central London. On Sunday 31st 2016 the events ran from London through Surrey on closed roads. Kingston car parks were open (excl Cattle Market). Trains, cycling and walking are the best forms of transport on the day.
What happens on both days?
A family event where central London roads close to traffic so you can safely cycle a circuit past London’s landmarks. It’s free but you need to register in advance of the event.
Saturday 30th July Prudential RideLondon Classique
The women’s race, a spectacular 5.5km in central London See full details
This is a new event created for newer and younger cyclists who . It isn’t a race. It’s a 46 mile challenge starting and finishing in London and taking in part of the Surrey 100 route. Entry is by ballot which closed on 6 May 2016. See full details
Sunday 31st July Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
A 100-mile route on closed roads starting at Queen Elizabeth Olympic park, through the Surrey countryside, ending at The Mall in London. Entry is by ballot which opens in August and closes in January. Route map
Sunday 31 July Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic
150 of the world’s top pro cyclists take on a 200km route through London and Surrey. Starts Horse Guards Road in St James’s Park at 13:30. The race will be televised live on the BBC.
What goes on in Kingston Sunday 31st?
The cyclists pass through Kingston twice – the only place on the route where this occurs.
The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46, Surrey 100 and Classic events all pass through Kingston.
Approx. 06:55 Amateur cyclists (Outbound- out over Kingston Bridge)
Approx. 09:15 Amateur cyclists (Inbound- coming in on Portsmouth Rd through Market Place)
11:00 Let the Family Fun Festival commence! (Market Place, Eden Walk Shopping Centre, Wood Street, Kingston Museum)
Approx. 13:45 Pro cyclists (Outbound- out over Kingston Bridge)
Approx. 17:35 Pro-cyclists (Inbound- coming in on Portsmouth Rd through Market Place)
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., 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 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.
Information on road closures
All you need to know about cycling in Kingston www.cyclekingston.net
The Surrey 46
The new Surrey 46 (mile) route for newer and younger cyclists takes in part of the Surrey 100. It runs through Kingston twice. Starts 09:00-09:30 from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London. After crossing Hampton Court Bridge they head back to London. Cyclists could be arriving in Kingston from 9:45am.
The Surrey 100
The Surrey-100 aims to become the largest charity fundraising cycling event in the world. From Olympic Park, east London via Kingston through the Surrey Hills to Forest Green and back.
The Surrey Classic
150 of the world’s top pro cyclists battle it out on this 200km route through London and Surrey. 25 teams of six riders start on Horse Guards Road in St James’s Park at 13:30 on Sunday 31 July and stream west through the capital, offering spectators a variety of great opportunities to support their cycling heroes along the route.
(2015 route below as 2016 not released yet)
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.