RideLondon 2023: when and where will the annual cycling event take place?
ord RideLondon, one of the capital’s biggest mass cycling events, returns this bank holiday weekend.
The standard London to Essex journey is expected to see thousands taking part in the 100-mile rides – either for charity or a personal challenge.
There are also 60 and 30 mile alternatives, while RideLondon also includes the Classique, a three-day event forming part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, and the Ford RideLondon FreeCycle.
Boroughs of London have warned residents of possible road closures as around 25,000 cyclists are expected to take part.
Will Norman, London’s Pedestrian and Cycle Lane Officer, told the RideLondon website: “Following the success of RideLondon in 2022, I can’t wait to return to the streets of London and Essex for this year’s event.
“Ford RideLondon is a highly anticipated annual highlight for the capital city, with something for everyone – from new cyclists looking to build their confidence, to more experienced drivers looking for a chance to push themselves and the to cheer on professionals.
“Cycling has seen a huge boom in London and this brilliant event will inspire people to embrace an eco-friendly, affordable and fun way to get around.”
RideLondon aims to promote cycling and encourage people of all ages and abilities to get on the bike. The event first took place in 2013 and was part of the follow-up to the London Olympics in 2012.
Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s 10th anniversary event.
When does RideLondon 2023 take place?
All three mass participation rides will take place on Sunday, May 28th.
The Classique starts on Friday, May 26th with the first stage. The second stage will take place on Saturday May 27th, while the final stage will take place on Sunday May 28th.
The Ford RideLondon FreeCycle takes place on Sunday 28th May.
Can anyone take part in RideLondon 2023 and is it free?
The Ford RideLondon FreeCycle is free and anyone can participate.
Thousands are expected to enjoy a leisurely ride on a landmark-lined loop on traffic-free streets in the heart of central London from 10am to 3pm.
Participation is also possible if you do not have your own bike.
For further information, click here: www.ridelondon.co.uk/our-rides/ridelondon-freecycle
Registrations for the other mass participation races are closed.
What is the RideLondon 2023 route?
All routes start at Victoria Embankment in central London and end at Tower Bridge.
The 100 mile journey travels from London past the Olympic Park and through the London boroughs of Westminster, City of London, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney, Waltham Forest and Redbridge. Then it goes through Essex via Epping Forest. In Essex, Epping, Ongar, Great Dunmow, Felsted and Writtle will pass before heading back.
The 60-mile event will not go beyond Epping, while the 30-mile version finishes in Woodford, north London.
So plan your trip around the race
Minimal road closures are required for May 26 and 27, but more will apply on Sunday. For full closure information click here London or Essex.
More information about the entire event can be found here website.
You can also check out our guide to the best apps to help you get around London during particularly busy times.
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