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RideLondon takes place from 27 to 29 May 2022. Find out more about the 100-mile ride!

Festival Zones

Free festival fun at FreeCycle!

RideLondon FreeCycle is more than just a chance to cycle some of the city’s most-famous streets without any traffic in your way – although that’s pretty awesome in itself!

Carnival atmosphere

We want to create a carnival atmosphere, so along the route you’ll encounter circus stilt bikes, penny farthings and music bikes banging out tunes. You’ll also pass plenty of entertainment provided by bands, choirs and DJs that should help you keep pedalling in rhythm!

All this is before we even reach our four Festival Zones on the route – the perfect places to stop to rest your legs and have some refreshments while enjoying the fun, free, family-friendly activities on offer to a soundtrack of live music.

The RideLondon FreeCycle route will be open from 10:00 until 15:00 on Sunday 29 May.

The four different Festival Zones

1. St Paul’s and Paternoster Square

Activities include:

  • Ford's Go Electric roadshow – check out the brand's hybrid and electric vehicles and learn more about the benefits of driving an electric car
  • Urban Food Fest food market providing a wealth of delicious cuisine, from paella to pierogies
    London Cycling Campaign – find out more about making cycling in the city safer and more enjoyable 
  • Road Bike Rampage – the only stunt show of its kind in existence! New for 2022 – a freestyle show and a unicyclist stunt rider
  • Jump Box Ramp Show – a crowd-wowing show featuring big ramps, big jumps and big air!
  • Inner-tube challenge – how quick can you change a tyre?
  • Outdoor games such as draughts and table tennis

2. Guildhall Yard

Activities include:

  • Pedal-powered sound – keep pedalling to keep the tunes pumping!
  • Smoothie bikes – create a refreshing reward for your hard work on these static bikes
  • North London-based DJ & MC Academy showcasing some of their DJing, MCing and dancing talents, with a chance for you to have a go!
  • City of London Police promoting bike safety and awareness
  • Watch displays by one of the UK’s leading bike stunt show teams, who’ll also be providing coaching for those who want to learn some tricks

3. Lincoln’s Inn Fields

Our accessibility bike-focused Festival Zone in this pleasant park includes:

  • Traffic-free test track for anyone to try a huge range of adapted bikes and trikes
  • Bikes on display and available to try from Van Raam Bikes, Tomcat, and Bikeworks with the chance to ask the manufacturers questions
  • Wheels for Wellbeing – staff from the award-winning charity that removes barriers to biking will be on hand to explain how anyone can get into cycling

4. Waterloo Place

Activities include:

  • Bike-powered fun and challenges including a Scalextric game and bubble machine
  • The Rollapaluza static bike challenge – go head-to-head and see who’s fast enough
  • Kids’ face painting
  • Watt Bike challenge – how much power can you generate?
  • Slow Biking – all the way from Holland, the world’s slowest bike race!
  • 12-inch racing – children’s fun bikes that are just 12 inches tall
  • Wave Rolling – three-wheeled drifting bikes for kids

Practical points

All the Festival Zones are open from 10:00 to 16:00 and have an Information Point in case you need assistance. Other useful facilities include:

  • Bike mechanic service provided by local bike repair service NipNip
  • Medical point
  • Toilets
  • Bike parking – don’t forget your lock!

Sticking together safely

To help you and anyone you’re riding with find each other easily should you get separated on the RideLondon FreeCycle route, we’re installing coloured flags at every half mile. You can use these as meeting points and distance markers – so if you’re riding with children you can tell them not to go any further than the next flag, for example.

If you need help along the way you can find members of our Welfare Team at each of the Festival Zone Information Points, as well as at the point on the Southbank at Concert Hall Approach. You can also pick up ID wristbands at the Information Points – add your details and ask all members of your group to wear them while you’re at the event in case you get separated.