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RideLondon takes place from 27 to 29 May 2022. Find out more about the 100-mile ride!
Riders in the early morning sun as the start the RideLondon event

RideLondon-Essex 100

About the RideLondon-Essex 100

RideLondon returned on Sunday 29 May 2022 with a new format, exciting new routes and a new partnership with Essex County Council. At the heart of this celebration of all things cycling was the RideLondon-Essex 100 – a unique opportunity to ride 100 miles on traffic-free roads through the heart of London and neighbouring Essex.

Event Guide

We were thrilled to welcome thousands of you to the inaugural RideLondon-Essex 100 on Sunday 29 May 2022 – thank you for making it a cycling celebration to savour. Our free Event Guide gave participants all the information they needed about taking part.

The RideLondon-Essex 100 route

The iconic 100-mile distance is the longest challenge ride in the RideLondon programme. It has been part of RideLondon since it was first held in 2013, with the first seven editions starting and finishing in London with a loop of Surrey in between.

Our brand new route for 2022 saw participants set off from Victoria Embankment in central London and into Essex via the historic Epping Forest. Once in Essex, riders glided past some of the county’s most picturesque towns and villages, including Ongar, Fyfield, the Rodings and Great Dunmow, before joining a section of the 2014 Stage Three Tour de France route.

That part of the course guided riders through Felsted and around the county town of Chelmsford before heading through Writtle and back towards Ongar and central London. Once in central London, participants then completed their ride to rapturous applause at Tower Bridge – a stunning Finish Line for the 100-mile challenge.

Check out the full route below! 

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To view and download the GPX file of the 100-mile route, please click here.

Brief history of RideLondon 

RideLondon was established by the Mayor of London in 2013 as a legacy event from the London 2012 Olympics, which saw Team GB dominate the medal table in cycling.  

After seven editions, RideLondon has grown to feature 100,000 riders of all ages and abilities enjoying a range of different mass participation challenges, along with road races contested by the world’s best professional riders, all broadcast live on the BBC. 

While we couldn’t hold the event in 2020 or 2021 due to the pandemic, we took this as an opportunity to launch My RideLondon – a virtual event that saw more than 10,000 people sign up for various challenges and help to save the UK’s charities by raising much-needed funds. 

While that was an awesome achievement for everyone involved, we’re delighted that RideLondon  returned to the road in 2022 with a fresh new look, routes and challenges – and we can’t wait to see you again next year! 

Participant at Children with Cancer UK Swim Serpentine

Conquer the Classics

If riding 100 miles isn’t enough of a challenge, why not combine it with two of our other toughest events? Everyone who runs 26.2 miles at the TCS London Marathon, swims two miles at Swim Serpentine and completes the RideLondon-Essex 100 can apply for a coveted London Classics medal and earn a place in our Hall of Fame!