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RideLondon returns this weekend!

The simplicity of the bike as a mode of transport and the physical and mental health benefits riding a bike brings means we need to inspire more people to get cycling. RideLondon is the perfect way to do this, as it’s an event for everyone, from beginners to experienced riders.

Hugh Brasher

Event Director of RideLondon

Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “I’m delighted that, after more than 1,000 days away, RideLondon’s iconic FreeCycle returns to London this weekend.

“Cycling has seen a huge boom during the pandemic and it’s wonderful to see more and more Londoners choosing green and sustainable modes of transport to get around. It’s not too late to get involved in this completely free event and I encourage cyclists of all ages and abilities to join us.”

Cllr Lee Scott, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Maintenance and Sustainable Transport, said: “We’re delighted that Essex is hosting RideLondon for the first time this year and hope that the event inspires many more of our residents to take up cycling.

“From hosting the London 2012 Olympic mountain biking to a stage of the 2014 Tour de France, Essex has a fantastic legacy of cycling. The event is part of our commitment to promoting more active and sustainable travel.

Isabelle Clement, Director of Wheels for Wellbeing, said: “Most people think disabled people can’t cycle and that an event like RideLondon isn’t for them – this couldn’t be further from the truth.

“Wheels for Wellbeing and our partners Bikeworks have been working hard with RideLondon to ensure the event is accessible for and welcoming of disabled people. Disabled cyclists and non-cyclists alike will not only be able to access the event but also find experts to talk to and a range of accessible cycles to try out at the Lincoln’s Inn Fields Festival Zone in RideLondon FreeCycle.”

Samra Said, Chairperson of Cycle Sisters, said: “We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to safely enjoy cycling as a means of exercise, personal growth and forming social connections.

“Cycle Sisters was set up to address the under-representation of Muslim women in cycling and through our Muslim women's cycle groups, with volunteer Ride Leaders acting as role models, we’ve created a space where hundreds of women across London have discovered the joy of cycling.

“We’re delighted to have been supported by RideLondon this year, which will enable more of our members to participate in and experience the excitement and challenge of this iconic event.”

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to safely enjoy cycling as a means of exercise, personal growth and forming social connections.

Samra Said

Chairperson of Cycle Sisters

Road closures in London and Essex are necessary to safely hold the event, so there will be disruption in areas the routes pass. People are urged to plan ahead by consulting the detailed route maps and road closure information. 

Read about the Ford RideLondon routes and road closures

What’s on

The full schedule for 2022 RideLondon is as follows:

Friday 27 May

Stage One of RideLondon Classique

  • Start: 11:00, Promenade Park, Maldon
  • Predicted finish: 14:30 – 14:50, Maldon High Street
  • Stage One of the RideLondon Classique starts and finishes in Maldon. It heads north to Abberton Reservoir before a two-lap final circuit around Maldon and Little Baddow and a finish on Maldon High Street. 

Saturday 28 May

Stage Two of RideLondon Classique

  • Start: 11:00, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford
  • Predicted finish: 14:30 – 15:00, Epping High Street
  • Stage Two of the RideLondon Classique starts at Anglia Ruskin University, which will be celebrating hosting the stage start with a variety of bike-themed activities throughout the day. The riders will head north to Finchingfield and Great Sampford before returning south through Great Dunmow and Fyfield, culminating with two laps around Epping and a finish on Epping High Street. 

Sunday 29 May

RideLondon-Essex 100, 60 and 30

  • Start: From 06:00, Victoria Embankment
  • Finish: From 10:00, Tower Bridge
  • The mass participation rides described as ‘the London Marathon on wheels’. More than 20,000 riders will be taking part in either a 100, 60 or 30-mile ride. The longest challenge, the RideLondon-Essex 100, will take riders into Essex via Epping Forest, through Ongar, Fyfield and Great Dunmow before reaching halfway at Felsted. From there, riders will follow a section of the 2014 Tour de France route, travelling south towards the west of Chelmsford and Writtle before returning to central London via Ongar. The other two rides will cover shorter sections of the same route.

RideLondon FreeCycle

  • Time: 10:00 – 15:00
  • The free, family-friendly event held on eight miles of traffic-free roads in central London. The route includes some of London’s most famous streets and passes iconic landmarks including the Bank of England, London Eye, the Southbank, St Paul’s Cathedral and Trafalgar Square. There are also four fun Festival Zones on route, at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Waterloo Place, Guildhall Yard and St Paul’s Churchyard and Paternoster Square. 

RideLondon Classique Stage Three

  • Start: 15:45, Victoria Embankment
  • Predicted finish: 17:30 – 17:45, Victoria Embankment
  • Stage three is a multi-lap course held in the heart of London. It starts and finishes on Victoria Embankment and passes some of the capital’s most historic landmarks. It is expected to be a fast, frantic final stage, which is likely to culminate in a thrilling sprint finish to entertain the spectators.