The UK’s largest multi-day sportive – the MITIE London Revolution – will take place on the weekend of Saturday May 17 and Sunday May 18 next year.
Entries open to the public at midday today (Tuesday November 5), with spaces expected to sell out fast, while organisers Threshold Sports have also announced a partnership with Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Featuring 185 miles of riding across two days, with an overnight camping option included, the weekend challenge takes riders on a full loop around the capital.
Nick Tuppen, head of Threshold Events, said: “Last year was fantastic with people of all shapes, sizes and experience taking up the challenge.
“We also wanted a sportive that welcomed all riders from novices on hybrids through to couriers on their single speeds, businessmen on Bromptons and elite riders in their skinsuits.
“To see them all sharing a beer at the basecamp was a great result for us. The fact that it has become the largest multi-day cycling event in the UK after only its second year is an added bonus.”
This year’s route is slightly different from that of 2013 to allow for a larger overnight camp at Ascot Racecourse.
However, the route will still take in tourism hot spots like Tower Bridge and cycling landmarks such as Box Hill and a lap of the Herne Hill Velodrome – linked by roads through Epping Forest, the Chilterns and the North Downs.
There is also a strong focus on the social side to the event, with bars, live music, massages and high-quality camping provision provided for the Saturday night.
Tris Jones, national participation manager at official charity partner Breakthrough Breast Cancer said: “Through this fantastic weekend of cycling, we hope to raise enough to cover more than six months’ worth of research hours into the genetic causes of breast cancer.
“With the support of the MITIE London Revolution cyclists, we can move one step closer towards beating this disease.”
Riders wishing to take part in the event can choose to join the overnight camping party at Ascot or arrange their own overnight accommodation while organisers look after their bikes.
There is also an option to join just one of the two days of riding, which costs £45.
The full course including overnight camping costs £169, while for those not staying at Ascot it costs £89.
Riders can enter online at www.london-revolution.com