The world’s greatest festival of cycling returns to London over the weekend of 28th-29th July 2018. It’s a fun-packed weekend of cycle-based events and shows. If we were to pick a favourite it’s the FreeCycle, which closes off central London to traffic, allowing all the family to see all the sights from the saddle in complete safety. Read all about it and more below…
What a wonderful event this is for the whole family. The eight mile, traffic free route (roads are closed for the event), passes iconic London landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England and again goes south of the river with a loop over Waterloo Bridge, offering stunning views of London. Doesn’t that sound great – what could be better than cruising along on a sunny day (fingers crossed!), though central London?!
This year, London Cycling Campaign are running a series of ‘led rides’ to deliver you to the heart of the action in central London safe and sound. It’s a great idea, everyone meets at particular points around London and then ride in as a group. Learn more about the led rides here
On the way around, there are also Festival Zones with a wide range of entertainment and activities. Highlights include music, stunt shows, outdoor games, food and drink, various bike try-out courses, all sorts of fun and interesting things. Click here to see what’s on.
During the weekend there are also events with the world’s best cyclists battling it out. But it’s not just about seasoned professionals, there are events for the public too. In distance order you have; The Surrey 19 (new for 2018), is a 19 miles route for families and friends to ride together along part of the main event route. The Surrey 46 is a spectacular 46 mile route of traffic free roads is something for the keen cyclist, and perfect introduction into sportive events. Finally the Surrey 100 is the big amateur event, you guessed it; 100miles around the same route as the professionals. It’s a test and wonderful experience for the dedicated rider.
Other events also include the Grand Prix, in which a number of Paralympians and leading hand-cyclists compete around St.James Park, it’ll be great to watch. There is also youth Grand Prix’s too for those emerging talents in both Road and BMX cycling categories. The Grand Prix events take place on Friday 27th July.
If, like many, you ride to work on a Brompton, you’ll be very keen to see the Brompton World Championship at St James’ Park on The Mall. Small bikes, fast riders and lots of action, with a le-mans style, unfold and go start. It’ll be a lot of fun to see on the Saturday 28th July.
The main Professional Events are the ‘Classic’ and ‘Classique’ with top cyclists competing for big money! The Classic starts on Horse Guards Road in St James’ Park at 1:30 on Sunday 29th July heading west through the capital. And the Classique begins on The Mall at 5pm on Saturday 28th July heading up Constitution Hill. Come along and cheer everyone on!
This is the RideLondon is flagship event for the city’s cycling programme. The more people that get involved the more impetus can be put on investing in cycling infrastructure in the capital, let alone all the other projects which help promote cycling. So, come along, take part in or watch some events, and help cheerlead the cause.
We’ll also be there supporting cyclists with repair stops and ‘Exchanging Places’ where you can discover what truck drivers can really see from their cabs… you might be shocked! Come and say hello and get a free safety check for your bicycle!