Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix
Saturday 9 August 2014
The Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix is a series of criterium races taking place in St James's Park in central London on the evening of Saturday 9 August. The event will offer cycling fans the chance to see the world's best pro women battle it out before two youth races showcase the Olympic cyclists of the future.
Head into central London and you’ll be able to watch double Olympic champion – and Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix 2013 winner – Laura Trott battle it out against an epic field of the world’s best pro cyclists as she returns to the capital to defend her title.
In the inaugural event in 2013, Trott – supported by her Team Wiggle Honda and Great Britain teammates Joanna Rowsell and Dani King – beat national criterium champion Hannah Barnes in a dramatic sprint finish on The Mall. (Read the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix 2013 Race Report here.)
Come along to show your support and enjoy a spectacular, adrenalin-fuelled display of bike racing as the world’s top women riders race around St James’s Park, with Buckingham Palace providing a stunning backdrop to all the action.
The Next Generation
The Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix races will also showcase Britain’s next generation of Olympic cyclists in two youth races. Each of the British Cycling regions has been invited to enter a team of girls and a team of boys to give the cycling stars of the future the opportunity to perform on this amazing stage.
The prize pool is £4,250 in total with prize money awarded to the top five teams and the top 10 individual finishers in each race. The first-placed team will receive £500 and the first individual across the line will win £300.
“Youth development is key to British Cycling’s success both in terms of growing participation and also in the supply of talented riders to represent the country at the highest level,” said British Cycling chief executive Ian Drake.
“So this is the perfect event for British Cycling’s regional youth teams. It gives them the chance to race in professional conditions in the centre of London.”
Cycling in the Capital
The Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix forms part of a programme of major events as a legacy for the capital from the Games. Keeping up the momentum for world-class sport in 2012, the latest addition to London’s bidding programme is the 2016 Track Cycling World Championships for the Olympic Velodrome, which itself will form part of the Lee Valley VeloPark and provide a further legacy from the Games as the world’s best cycling facility for professionals and enthusiasts alike, covering all four disciplines of track, road, mountain and bmx.