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

Stage Two

Stage Two of the RideLondon Classique

  • Date: Saturday 28 May 2022
  • Start: Chelmsford, 11:00
  • Finish: Epping, 14:30 – 15:00
  • Distance: 141K (eight climbs, 1,368 vertical metres)

An undulating stage that starts in Chelmsford, the county seat of Essex, and heads north towards Finchingfield and Great Dunmow before returning south and culminating in three circuits around Epping Forest, the historic former royal forest that straddles the border of Essex and London. The final circuits will be punctuated by short, sharp climbs to create a thrilling finale.

Where to watch Stage Two

After the riders roll out from Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, Finchingfield will be a good spot to watch them pass by on the route. Huge crowds headed to the beautiful village to welcome the Tour de France in 2014 and the 2022 Classique will be another chance to watch world-class cycling in a stunning location. To get a roadside view of the finish, head to Epping High Street, where riders will pass by three times. 

  • Stage Two begins in Chelmsford, the county seat of Essex, the birthplace of radio and the home of the second-smallest Cathedral in England.

    The Start Line is at Anglia Ruskin University, where there will be a fan zone for you to spectate and cheer on the cyclists, as well as a traffic-free bike ride for you to join. If you want to be part of this ride, meet the bike marshals in Bell Meadow at 09:30 and join the procession to the University from there. This family-friendly route will allow you to get to the venue easily and in time for the start.

    Anglia Ruskin University is also hosting a Family Cycle Festival which will run from 09:30 to 14:00. Activities include Dr Bike checks, smoothie bikes (where you use your pedal power to blend a tasty treat), balance bike try-outs and demonstrations from Radical Bike Trials and Jumps Display Team (at 10:15, 11:45 and 12:30). There will also be plenty of live music and food on offer.

    Expected timing:
    11:00
  • One of Essex’s most picturesque villages, Finchingfield is a great location to see the riders pass at 11:55.

    Not only is Finchingfield known for its beautiful views, but it was also the home and burial place of Dodie Smith, whose books include The Hundred and One Dalmatians (1956). She lived in The Barretts at Howe Street, a hamlet in the parish about 1.5 miles (2.4km) from the village.

    Huge crowds headed to the beautiful village to welcome the Tour de France in 2014, so the Stage Two of the 2022 RideLondon Classique will be another spectacular opportunity to watch world-class cycling in a stunning location.

    Expected timing:
    11:58
  • The main section of Stage Two takes place in Uttlesford District. On leaving Chelmsford, the riders will cycle through the picturesque villages of Felsted at 11:25, Great Sampford at 12:05, Thaxted at 12:15 and Great Easton at 12:20 before heading towards Great Dunmow, where there will be an intermediate sprint point for classification points.

    The riders will then head south through Leaden Roding at 12:45 before heading into Epping Forest District.

    Expected timings:
    11:25, 12:05, 12:15, 12:23,12:30 and 12:45
  • Spectators in Epping will see the peloton tackle two circuits of the town (at 13:20 and 14:20) before a thrilling Finish on the High Street at approximately 14:30, followed by stage presentations. 

    The stage will also feature three Queen of the Mountains climbs around Epping on a loop the riders will do twice. The first two climbs will take place at Mount End/Tawney Common (with predicted arrival times of 13:30 and 13:50) and the third at Houblons Hill (14:20).

    To celebrate the arrival of the RideLondon Classique, a range of festivities have been arranged along Epping High Street, with fan zones and around 20 stalls popping up between 09:00 and 15:00. Families can enjoy the interactive art of pavement chalking, taking place near the Civic Offices on the High Street, and seek bike maintenance advice too. The police will also be bike marking throughout the morning.

    Epping has plenty of shops, cafes, and restaurants to enjoy before the riders are expected to arrive in the town for the first time at approximately 13:20. Epping is on the London Underground Central Line, with the station just a short walk away from the High Street.

    Expected timings:
    13:21, 13:29, 13:49, 14:19, 14:22 and 14:33

The route

Check out the full Stage Two route below.

This circuit is very tough with short, steep climbs and very fast sections in between, so there will be very short recovery times which could play into the hands of the General Classification riders. It’s going to be quite a different experience to Stage One and a great prelude to the final stage in London.

Scott Sunderland

Race Director of the RideLondon Classique