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

Stage One

Stage One of the RideLondon Classique

  • Date: Friday 27 May 2022
  • Start: Maldon, 11:00
  • Finish: Maldon, 14:30 – 14:50
  • Distance: 136.5K (five climbs, 1,033 vertical metres)

The opening stage starts and finishes in the ancient Essex town of Maldon. It will feature two laps of the Abberton Reservoir on the outskirts of Colchester and pass Tiptree, home to the world-famous Tiptree jam, before finishing with two circuits around Maldon.

Where to watch Stage One

After they roll out from the Start Line at Promenade Park in Maldon, the riders will go on to cover many beautiful parts of Essex over the course of their Stage One battle. Click below to find out more about the locations along the route that will offer you the best viewing spots of the race.

  • As the Start and Finish venue for Stage One of the RideLondon Classique Stage, Maldon is the perfect base if you want to see the UCI Women’s WorldTour race unfurl.

    Be sure to begin your day at Promenade Park, which not only hosts the Stage One Start Line but also a series of activities to entertain people of all ages, from cycling and skateboarding demo sessions with Kings Ramps to introductory yoga classes and a school zone. This accompanies the park’s fantastic vintage fairground, with rides for all the family.

    The team buses will also be parked near the park before the race starts at 11:00, so you can even come down to catch a glimpse of the riders as they warm up for the day ahead.

    After setting off from Promenade Park, the riders head north out of Maldon and return to the town later in the day, passing Market Hill and the High Street on three occasions. The first two times the riders pass the High Street they will be able to earn points in the Sprint classification, while the third passing marks the finale of Stage One. Will a breakaway stay away, or will there be a thrilling sprint finish?

    You’ll then get to see the Stage One presentations and have the chance to applaud the stage winners and classification leaders.

    The High Street is just a short walk from Promenade Park and has plenty of shops for getting food and drink before you find a spot to watch the riders come back into town.

    Expected timings:
    11:00, 13:21, 13:53 and 14:25
  • The riders will sweep through Tiptree twice during Stages One, between 12:10 and 13:00.
    To celebrate the occasion, a big event will take place in Tiptree from 10:00 to 14:00 at the world-famous Wilkin & Sons Tea Room, one of the most well-known producers of jams and preserves in the world. It’s even where the Queen buys her jam!

    The event at Wilkin & Sons Tea Room coincides with Colchester’s Community Cycle project and a Dr Bike stall, which will offer free cycle checks and safety equipment giveaways. If you have any unwanted bikes or wheeled items, you can donate them at the pop-up donation site and receive a free cream tea to redeem on the day!

    And, if you’ve ever fancied having a go on an e-cargo bike, there will be several for you to try out while you're there!

    Expected timings:
    12:13 and 13:02
  • Spring Elms Lane in Little Baddow is the venue for the first two Queen of the Mountains climbs of the RideLondon Classique. Riders will complete this climb twice on the final circuit before the finish in Maldon, so grabbing yourself a spot on this hill is sure to give you a great view.

    The village of Little Baddow itself is a brilliant place to watch the race unfold, as is neighbouring Nounsley. We recommend parking in Hatfield Peverel and then reaching Nounsley by foot – it's only a short walk away.

    The cyclists are expected to pass through Little Baddow at 13:30 and 14:05, and Nounsley at 13:40 and 14:15.

    Expected timings:
    13:33 and 13:42

The route

Check out the full Stage One route below.

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It’s going to be suited more to the powerful riders, the strong sprinters – I think it’s going to be a very dynamic race and it’ll be an exciting day one.

Scott Sunderland

Race Director of the RideLondon Classique