The Mayor’s RideLondon


Yes, really Laura Trott and Boris Johnson – not an obvious partnership! – are working  to promote the Mayor’s Ridelondon Festival – UK's largest festival of cycling marks first anniversary of 2012 Games Gold Rush.


Dani King, Laura Trott and Jo Rowsell Olympic Team Pursuit Champions


The Mayor’s RideLondon is a new two-day event that will form a key strand of the post 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy.  Sponsored by Prudential, RideLondon will be the largest mass-participation cycling festival ever held in the UK, with over 70,000 cyclists, including some of the world’s top professionals, taking part across four separate events.


To be held on 3-4 August 2013, one year on from Team GB’s gold rush on the road and in the velodrome, the festival is expected to give a major boost to the number of active cyclists in the UK, while attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to London and Surrey.


The exciting events will also help encourage people of all ages and abilities to take to two wheels. Children and families are encouraged to get involved via the Freecycle event, an eight-mile mass-participation ride which is free to enter and open to everyone.


Watch the video with Mayor of London Boris Johnson and double Olympic gold medallist and Prudential RideLondon ambassador, Laura Trott who explain a little bit more about the event and encourage more people to get on their bikes and start cycling - - RideLondon Video


The four events making up the two-day cycling festival are:


The Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix, to be held on Saturday 3 August, which will feature the world’s best women, junior and hand cyclists in action on a circuit in and around St James’s Park.


The Prudential RideLondon–Surrey 100, to be held on Sunday 4 August, open to amateur and club riders. This 100-mile event received over 55,000 entrants who will find out from today if they have been successful in securing a place. Those that haven’t may still be able to take part through one of the many charities with guaranteed entries, or teams of four (men, women or mixed) from the same organisation can enter the Business Relay, where each team member will ride around 25 miles. Details of charity places and the Business Relay are on the Prudential RideLondon website at


The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic for elite men’s professional riders brings the drama of a classic one-day style of racing back to Britain for the first time in 16 years. To be held on Sunday 4 August, the 140 mile route includes all the highlights of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 route plus the testing challenge of three ascents of Leith Hill, the highest point in Surrey and even steeper than Box Hill.


The Prudential RideLondon Freecycle to be held on Saturday 3 August, an approximately eight-mile mass-participation ride which is free to enter and open to cyclists of all ages and abilities. It aims to encourage anyone inspired by the London 2012 Games to take up cycling as part of an active and healthy lifestyle.


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