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Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 FAQs

  • Q. What is the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46?
    A. The next Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 will take place on Sunday 30 July 2017 and was held for the first time as part of the 2016 Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling. The sportive (remember, it’s not a race!) comprises a spectacular 46-mile route on traffic-free roads, beginning at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and following the same route as the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 for the first 27 miles before taking a new two-mile route which then links up with the last 17 miles through London to the finish in The Mall.
  • Q. Why was it added to the programme?
    A. The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 was created specifically for newer cyclists and also younger cyclists. These riders might find the 100-mile challenge intimidating or, in the case of 16-18 year olds, they are not eligible to enter.

    The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 is still a challenge but it is much more of an introduction to cycling on traffic free roads and it’s a wonderful way to ride your first sportive.
  • Q. How is it different to the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100?
    A. We have taken out the steepest climbs of Leith Hill, Box Hill and Newlands Corner and the narrower parts of the route through some of the Surrey Hills. See route map here.
  • Q. How do I enter?
    A. The online application to enter the ballot for the 2017 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 will open on Wednesday 1 March 2017.

    Riders will be notified of the ballot results before the end of May.
  • Q. Can I swap my Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 place for a Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 place?
    A. It is not possible to exchange a place in one event for a place in another event.
  • Q. I am unable to register at the Prudential RideLondon Cycling Show. What can I do?
    A. 
    While preferring you to register in person, we recognise that in some cases this may be impossible, so you can nominate someone to collect your rider documents for you. The person you nominate must have the following:

  • A letter written and signed by you, authorising that person – by name – to collect your rider documents
  • You must also sign your registration form before handing it to them.
  • Provide them with a clear photocopy of your driving licence or passport showing your name and signature
  • The person collecting your rider documents should have suitable identification with them.

Failure to comply with these instructions may lead to your rider documents not being issued.


Please note: an individual can only pick up one set of rider documents in addition to their own.

  • Q. How many riders will there be?
    A. We are expecting around 3,500 riders to start the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46.
  • Q. What time does it start?
    A. Riders will depart in waves from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 09:00 – 09:30, immediately after the last start wave of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.
  • Q. Can I ride with my friends?
    A. Yes. You are able to choose your start wave when you have a confirmed place in the event as part of the entry process for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46. The range of choices will include start waves for 16-18 year olds, all-female, first time sportive riders and more.

    Please note that due to the numbers of riders (26,000+), it is not possible for riders to choose their start wave in in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.
  • Q. What’s the route?
    A. The riders start from QEOP and follow the route of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 towards the City of London and Westminster, and out through south west London and Richmond Park to Kingston upon Thames and then cross the river to pass by Hampton Court Palace. In Surrey, the 46 route separates from the 100 mile route to head due south towards Thames Ditton and then rejoins the 100 mile route back in to Kingston for the final 15 miles to finish on The Mall.
  • Q. What impact will the new event have on road closures?
    A. The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 will divert riders along Hampton Court Way, enabling 22 miles of the route through Surrey to be opened 30-45 minutes earlier than in previous years. Local access to and from Thames Ditton via Embercourt Road will be maintained all day on Sunday 30 July. More information on London road closures for the event will be available from June 2017, at www.tfl.gov.uk/ridelondon and information for Surrey residents will be available at www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/info-hub
  • What is the minimum age for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46?
    A. Riders must be 16 on or before 30 July 2017. Please note that the minimum age for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 is 18 on or before 30 July 2017.
  • Q. What sort of bike can I ride in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46?
    A. Please see the list of eligible bikes here. Handcycles are permitted in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46. 
  • Q. Do I have to wear a helmet in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46?
    A. Yes, all riders must wear a helmet.
  • Q. Where do I finish?
    A. The Finish Line for all events in the Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling is on The Mall in St James’s Park, in front of Buckingham Palace.
  • Q. Do I get a different medal?
    A. Yes, a unique medal will be produced for all finishers in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46.
  • Q. How fast do I have to cycle?
    A. All participants should aim to complete the entire ride within four hours as we aim to have all riders in the 46 across the finish line by 13:30 on Sunday 30 July.

    All riders (no matter what their start time) must cross Hampton Court Bridge (mile 27) by 11:25. This equates to an average speed of 14mph for riders starting at 09.30 and 11mph for riders starting at 09:00.
  • Q. Will there be food and drink available?
    A. There are a number of stops along the route with food and drinks - and toilets.