The route of this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 has been unveiled by organisers as 24,000 riders prepare to take the start line for August’s sportive.
Ballot results for the 2014 event were revealed last month and organisers have now revealed the route for the UK biggest sportive, which has been tweaked from last year’s inaugural event.
Rolling out of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at 6.00am on Sunday August 10, riders will head out through the capital into the Surrey Hills before finishing on The Mall.
Heading south west towards Kingston, the route passes through Richmond Park and skirts Bushy Park before crossing Hampton Court Bridge
Once out into the countryside, riders will take on the climbs of Newslands Corner, Leith Hill and Box Hill, while a slight change to the route on the return to London will showcase Kingston’s new Market Place. Based on the 2012 Olympic road race, the route now also passes through Oxshott en-route from Leatherhead to Esher.
Crossing Putney Bridge back into central London, the route then follows the Thames before setting up a grand finish on the Mall.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “After last year’s roaring success, cyclists across London will be cheered to see the return of an event that has quickly established itself as an unmissable fixture.
“As well as bringing economic benefit to the capital, events such as Prudential RideLondon help to support our two-wheeled renaissance and I am confident this year’s event will be even bigger and better.”
The 2014 Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling begins on Saturday August 9 with FreeCycle – a family ride on a traffic-free loop in central London.
The Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix will then see the top female cyclists in the country go wheel-to-wheel on a circuit in and around St. James Park, followed by youth criterium races .
The sportive will then take place on Sunday August 10 and, following the conclusion of the mass participation event, 150 of pro cycling’s elite male riders will tackle the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic – with the route for the event also unveiled today.