If you’ve never taken part in an organised bike ride before, then a new event launched recently by our friends at Prudential RideLondon could be the perfect way to try your first mass-participation ride.
The event, which is called the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 19, is aimed at people who are relatively new to cycling, and at youngsters aged 12* and upwards who are invited to take part with their friends and families.
The bike ride is – you’ve guessed it! – 19 miles and it starts at 14:30 at Sandown Park in Surrey on Sunday 29 July. After crossing the start line, riders will head north as they leave Surrey behind and cycle into south west London, over Putney Bridge and into the centre of the capital to the spectacular finish on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace, where every finisher will receive a medal as a souvenir of a great ride.
With the roads closed to traffic for the event, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 19 will offer you the unique experience of cycling on car-free roads through the outskirts of the capital and all the way to the Finish Line in St James’s Park. You’ll be able to ride safely past iconic landmarks like Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Nelson’s Column and Admiralty Arch – it really will give you a whole new perspective on London!
Evans Cycles mobile mechanics will be riding the route to help you with any mechanical problems, so you’ll be in safe hands as you take on the 19-mile ride into the capital.
London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, hopes the event will encourage even more people to enjoy the fun and freedom of getting out on their bikes: “The Prudential Ride London-Surrey 19 will be a great way of inspiring more people to take to two wheels, and it is going to be a wonderful opportunity for less experienced cyclists to ride through the world’s greatest city on traffic-free roads.”
Entry to the event is via a ballot, which you can enter now. The entry fee is £29 for adults, riding with or without a child (aged 12 to 15). You can find out more about the ride, and about the festival of cycling weekend in general, on the Prudential RideLondon website.
If you’d like to get on your bike this summer and be one of the first people to take part in the inaugural Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 19, enter the ballot now and we’ll see you on the start line on Sunday 28 July!
*Please note that riders aged from 12 to 15-years-old must be accompanied by a responsible adult, who is 18 years or over, and must be able to demonstrate their cycling competence – by completing Level 2 of the Bikeability programme or by being a member of a British Cycling Club.