More than 25,000 people have signed up for next year’s inaugural RideLondon100, five weeks after it was announced.
A ballot for places will be drawn when 75,000 entries have been received for the 100-mile, sportive-style event, which will start in the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and follow a similar route to the Olympic Road Race through Richmond Park to the Surrey Hills and back.
It will be one of four cycling events held on the first weekend of next August, which will include an eight-mile ‘family’ ride on closed roads, a criterium race for elite women, juniors, and hand cyclists, and the RideLondonClassic, a race organisers are confident will gain UCI accreditation and attract stars from the WorldTour.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said more than 500,000 journeys were made by bike in the capital each day.
“The inspirational performances of British road and track cyclists this summer have done even more to encourage people to get on their bike, as the fantastic demand for RideLondon is showing.
“This cycling festival will have something for everyone, the lycra-clad professionals, the daily commuter, and families on a fun day out. What’s more, RideLondon is a living legacy of our glorious summer by utilising our wonderful Olympic Park.”
Entrants for the RideLondon100 who miss out in the ballot may still gain entry by riding for a charity. Organisers said many major charities had places reserved in the event.
For a list of the charities involved, visit RideLondon