Ballot results for the second Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, taking place on Sunday August 10, are due today.
Eager cyclists – 80,000 of whom entered the ballot – will find out if they were successful in getting a place among the 24,000 who will roll out of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
It represents an increase in numbers of more than 50 per cent by organisers after the huge popularity of the inaugural event last year, which attracted more than 16,000 cyclists – including Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
Following a route which takes in the iconic sights of London before rolling out into the Surrey countryside to tackle the likes of Box Hill before finishing on the Mall, more than 50,000 signed up for the ballot within hours of it opening this year.
However, for those who miss out on the ballot, there may still be spaces available through several charities.
Event director Hugh Brasher explained: “Even with the 50 per cent increase in riders, we know tens of thousands will be very disappointed not to get a place through the ballot but there are still other ways to get in.
“Many charities, including Bliss, our first ‘charity of the year’, still have places available in the main event. Entries for the Prudential RideLondon Business Relay, where teams of four cycle approximately 25 miles each, open on Monday 10 February.”
British Cycling members can also sign up to the 100-mile sportive through the British Cycling Club Challenge, open to all members bar elite or category one riders.
Entrues to the Challenge open on Tuesday March 4, with all affiliated cycling clubs set to receive further details by email.
For more information on the Prudential RideLondon – which last year was broadcast to 106 countries, can be found at www.PrudentialRideLondon.co.uk.