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Key details to help you plan for the event

 

Held over three days on the final bank holiday weekend of May (24 to 26). Ford RideLondon features a series of rides and events that give everyone, regardless of age, ability or background, the chance to take part.

These events include mass participation rides over multiple distances and a professional race, the Ford RideLondon Classique, for the world’s best female cyclists.

The event was created by the Mayor of London in 2013 and has partnered with Essex County Council since 2022, ensuring the festival of cycling takes place on routes in the capital and neighbouring Essex.

London Marathon Events (LME), the organisers, works continuously with partners, businesses, communities and organisations across both London and Essex to ensure the best event day experience for all.

What’s happening in your area

  • Friday 24 May: Essex: Ford RideLondon Classique Stage One – Saffron Walden-Colchester (159km).

    The first stage of the Ford RideLondon Classique will begin in the medieval market town of Saffron Walden, in north-west Essex, and finish in the historic city of Colchester. The full route of Stage One can be viewed here. Full timings will be available in the coming weeks on this page.
  • Saturday 25 May: Essex: Ford RideLondon Classique Stage Two – Maldon-Maldon (143km).

    The second stage of the Ford RideLondon Classique will begin and end in the historic market town of Maldon, situated on the Backwater estuary on Essex’s east coast. The full route of Stage Two can be viewed here. Full timings will be available in the coming weeks on this page.
     
  • Sunday 26 May: Essex: Ford RideLondon-Essex 100, 60 and 30 (Essex).

    The route for the 100, 60 and 30-mile challenge rides will again start in central London before taking riders out of the capital and into Essex where it will pass through the following locations: Epping, Ongar, Fyfield, Leading Roding, Great Dunmow, Felsted, Great Waltham, Chignal Road, Chelmsford, Writtle, Stapleford Abbotts.

    The plans have been developed following a new agreement with Essex County Council to extend the partnership with Ford RideLondon until 2026 and after an extensive debrief of the 2023 event.

    Full road closure information will be available in the coming weeks on this page, while every address in the postcode areas the routes pass through will be posted a full list of road closure locations and times for their area in spring 2024.
  • Sunday 26 May: Buckhurst Hill

    The Ford RideLondon-Essex route has a minor tweak to previous years that impacts Buckhurst Hill and the surrounding areas. This change is necessary because of a closed road bridge on Broadmead Road, Woodford, which was on the original route. The route in 2024 will turn right from the B173 on to Vicarage Lane towards Chigwell then west to Buckhurst Hill via Roding Lane and the B120.

    This area will be closed to traffic from 07:30 to 18:00.

    Two Vehicle Crossing Points will be open in Buckhurst Hill to enable vehicles to cross the route safely during the road closure times. These will be located at:

    King’s Avenue / Roebuck Lane / Westbury Lane
    Albert Road / Loughton Way

    The Holly Hospital has an access plan which will enable managed access into the hospital throughout the day. You can view the revised route here.

  • Sunday 26 May: Greater and Central London: Ford RideLondon-Essex 100, 60 and 30 (London).

    The route for the 100, 60 and 30-mile challenge rides will again start in central London before taking riders out of the capital and into Essex, where they will do a loop of some of the county’s most picturesque towns and villages before returning to London. The London boroughs the event will go through are: Westminster, City of London, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Redbridge.

    Full road closure information will be available in the coming weeks and will be available here, while every address in the postcode areas the routes pass through will be posted a full list of road closure locations and times for their area in spring 2024.
     
    Ford RideLondon Classique – Stage Three, Central London (91km)

    Stage Three of the Ford RideLondon Classique will start and finish on The Mall. The full route of Stage Three can be viewed here. Full road closure information will be available in the coming weeks on this page.

    Ford RideLondon FreeCycle

    The route for Ford RideLondon FreeCycle will be announced in the coming weeks.
     
    • Essex Save The Date Leaflet

      Everything you need to know

    • London Save The Date Leaflet

      Everything you need to know

    • Register for Road Closure Updates

      To ensure the safe and smooth running of the event, road closures will be necessary in London and Essex

    • Essex Save The Date Leaflet

      Everything you need to know

    • London Save The Date Leaflet

      Everything you need to know

    • Register for Road Closure Updates

      To ensure the safe and smooth running of the event, road closures will be necessary in London and Essex

    • Essex Save The Date Leaflet

      Everything you need to know

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The Ford RideLondon-Essex 100 route

Organisers of Ford RideLondon-Essex, part of the world’s greatest festival of cycling, have been working with communities across the route to improve the event for 2024. This year’s event, which includes challenge rides of 100, 60 and 30 miles, takes place on Sunday 26 May on largely the same route as last year. However, a small change has been made on a section of the route on the border of Essex and London. The route map showing the specific change to the route is shown under the ‘what’s happening in your area’ section.

Ford RideLondon 100 mile route

The route can also be viewed on Ride with GPS here.

FAQs

  • Ford RideLondon is the world’s greatest cycling festival. It takes place over three days in London and Essex  and features a series of rides and events, designed to offer something for everyone regardless of age, ability or background. It has raised more than £85 million for charity since the first edition of the event in 2013.

  • Information on the Ford RideLondon-Essex 100, 60 and 30-mile routes can be found under the ‘Our Rides’ tab at the top of the page. The routes for the three stages of the Ford RideLondon Classique can be found under the ‘what’s happening in your area’ section above and information on Ford RideLondon FreeCycle will be published as soon as it is are confirmed.
  • Information on road closures will be available here in the new year, while every address in the postcode areas the routes pass through will be posted a full list of road closure locations and times for their area in spring 2024.

  • While road closures are necessary to ensure the safety of everyone taking part in the event, no area will have road closures on more than one day. The exact length of road closures depends on which event is taking place.

    For the Ford RideLondon Classique professional women’s race, temporary road closures will be in place along the route (except the start and finish venues). This means the road is shut shortly before the first riders come through and then reopens after the last riders and support vehicles have passed. This period of closure usually lasts around 30 minutes.

    For the start and finish venues, where it is necessary to build infrastructure, such as the start and finish gantries and infrastructure for the live TV broadcast, it is necessary for us to close the roads for a longer period of time.

    For the Ford RideLondon-Essex challenge rides, we do put in place full road closures, again to ensure the safety of the participants taking part. The length of these road closures depends on the route location, we reopen the roads when it is safe to do so and as soon possible after the last rider has passed.

  • We work with communities to ensure that essential access is possible. For example to access a carer/hospital/home or for a wedding/special event etc. We take great care that healthcare, emergency services, businesses or any specific special needs are catered for.

    If you have a specific need, contact us here.

  • Contact us here with the name and location of your organisation or business and we will explore ways to help.

  • If you have a question about Ford RideLondon head here.