Our regular walking tours of historic Kingston upon Thames have been suspended for over a…
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.
The event was cancelled for 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19.
Below is a summary of the 2019 RideLondon
Kingston upon Thames is a great place to see the action as it’s the only point where the cyclists can 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 usually run from London through Surrey. Trains, cycling and walking are the best forms of transport to Kingston on the day. Roads are usually closed from 05:00 on the Sunday and are reopened by 19:30 – though some open earlier. Check with the Prudential or TFL site for the latest details.
Which Prudential Ride London races come through Kingston?
Around 25,000 cyclists are in the following events passing though Kingston at least once:
- Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic This is 150 top pro cyclists. Starts 14:10 in Bushy Park and expected, 144k later, in Kingston around 17:22 (one way only through Kingston)
- Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 Entry by public ballot, it’s the 2012 Olympic 100 mile route. Passing through Kingston at 25 miles and 85 miles. Starts in waves from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at 05:45 -08:55. Get the RideLondon app to track them.
- Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 Ballot entry, for newer or younger cyclists who prefer a 46 mile route rather than the big 100. Starts in waves with the first riders getting to Kingston 10:30am and last, about 11:45am. Get the RideLondon app to track them.
- Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 19 No Ballot, though sign up in advance. A 19 mile route for younger cyclists and families (one way 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 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.
If you are in Kingston’s Market Place there are pop-up-food places, cafes, pubs and restaurants. 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 Kingston Riverside bars and restaurants take one of the passageways near Next or TK Max. Bill’s, The Bishop, Woodies, Cote and lots more.
Head down the main pedestrianised high street and onto 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, and Ginger Bees.
The perfect viewing position for spectators and will be serving coffee and breakfast from 7:30 am and continuing through the day with a great selection of salads, sandwiches, cakes and more. Closing at 6pm.
Queens promenade, Portsmouth Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2LZ
FreeCycle Saturday 3rd August 2019
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. The route is open from 09:00-16:00 and takes in the Strand and Lincoln’s Inn Fields before returning to the Victoria Embankment via the newly opened East-West Cycle Superhighway (CS3). You can register for the event or just turn up on the day. Prudential Freecycle information
Brompton World Championship Saturday 3rd August 2019
The famous eight lap circuit around St James’ Park starts on The Mall taking in Buckingham Palace. T500 riders taken from a random draw start 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 Brompton bike. Prudential Brompton information
Prudential RideLondon Classique Saturday 3rd August 2019
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 Sunday 4th August 2019
Starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. This
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 Sunday 4th August 2019
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 Sunday 4th August 2019
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 Sunday 4th August 2019
150 of the 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 1-3 August 2019
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
The 2019 Cycling Show will be open from 1-3 August 2019:
- Thursday 1 August: 10:00-20:00
- Friday 2 August: 10:00-20:00
- Saturday 3 August: 08:30-17:00