Some 150 of the world’s top riders are expected on the start line of the 2014 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.
Won last year by Arnaud Demare (FDJ.fr) after a bunch sprint on the Mall, the race returns for its second edition on Sunday August 10 as part of the Mayor of London’s festival of cycling.
A variation on the London 2012 Olympic road race route, organisers have promised this year’s 200km course will be more challenging as they celebrate being recognised as a UCI 1.HC event.
Race director Mick Bennett said: “We have a great race in prospect on a fantastic route.
“The success of last year’s race and the global television coverage means that the world’s best teams are very keen to compete in 2014.”
Rolling out of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the race will once again head out into the rolling Surrey countryside.
The race includes the climbs of both Leith Hill and Box Hill, but is now centred on Dorking where multiple undulating circuits through the Surrey Hills will be included.
New climbs through Denbies Vineyard to Ranmore Common are also included on this year’s route, with the addition of Staple Lane.
The riders will cross Putney Bridge to head back into the centre of London before once again finishing on The Mall.