Cancellation of 2020 Prudential RideLondon
It has been confirmed that the 2020 Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling is cancelled. This decision has been taken by London authorities after engagement with partners involved in the planning of the event.
The eighth edition of the world’s greatest festival of cycling was scheduled to take place on the weekend of 15 and 16 August.
Please note: due to the cancellation of the 2020 event, the below information is subject to change.
Find your time from the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 on our Rider Times page.
Your event photos
Check out Sportograf's photos from your ride now – photos are available from just £19.99.
2019 Rider Info
Please note: The below information relates to the 2019 event and is subject to change for 2020.
The Final Instructions for all riders taking part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 will be emailed to all participants and are available to view via the button below. These instructions contain all the information riders need to have a trouble-free Ride Day.
All participants must register and collect their rider documents before Ride Day. Registration is at the Prudential RideLondon Cycling Show, which takes place at ExCeL, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL.
Participants are sent an email asking them to complete the 2019 charity survey. Once the survey is completed, they will receive a confirmation email that includes a rider number and QR code, together with a link to the Final Instructions. (Please note that this replaces the Registration Form that has been issued in previous years.)
The QR code holds your name, rider number and email address. You will need your QR code to collect your Rider Pack when you register at the Prudential RideLondon Cycling Show at ExCeL in east London, so please bring the QR code on your phone so it can be scanned (or bring a printout if you do not have a smart phone).
You must also bring photographic identification, such as a passport or driving licence, with you to collect your Rider Pack.
I am unable to register at the Prudential RideLondon Cycling Show. What can I do?
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 Pack for you.
The person you nominate must have a letter, written and signed by you, authorising that person – by name – to collect your Rider Pack. You must also provide them with a clear photocopy of your passport or driving licence showing your name and your signature, and a copy of the QR code that was sent to you.
The person collecting your Rider Pack should also have their own suitable photo identification with them. Failure to comply with these instructions may lead to your Rider Pack not being issued. Please note: an individual can only collect one other person’s Rider Pack in addition to their own.
Please note: an individual can only pick up one set of rider documents in addition to their own.
e-bikes at Prudential RideLondon
For the first time in 2019, e-bikes are permitted in all Prudential RideLondon mass participation events, including the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46.
Only those cycles that comply with current UK/EU legal requirements for ‘electrically assisted pedal cycles’ (EAPCs) are permitted in the sportive.
EAPCs still require the rider to pedal and the electric motor, with a maximum power of 250 watts, cannot provide assistance when travelling at more than 25 km/h (15.5mph). Participants using e-bikes must still meet the age requirements for entering the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 (16 years old and above).
If you wish to participate in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 on an e-bike, you must contact our helpdesk (stating your full name and date of birth) by Wednesday 26 June 2019 so you can be placed in a suitable start wave for safety reasons.
The Prudential RideLondon App
Riders in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 can track their time and position throughout the ride, and share the information with family and friends, by downloading the new app free of charge. Using the GPS tracking function increases the accuracy of the rider's position, making it even easier for friends and family to support riders on the route and meet them afterwards.
Please note: You must download the latest version of the Prudential RideLondon app to track your ride. Previous editions of the app will not allow you to do so.
For more information on how to use the app, visit our app FAQs page.
Track your rider
You can also track riders in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, 46 and 19 on the tracking page of our website.
Getting to the Start
Full details on how to get to the Start of the event will be available on our Transport Options page in mid-July. For more information on which Transport for London services allow you to take your bike on, please download the map below.
Riders will depart in waves from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, immediately after the last start wave of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. Riders will be notified of their start time by email.
Withdrawing from the sportive due to illness or injury
If you secure a place in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 but need to withdraw due to illness or injury, you can find out more about how to do so here
Find out more about the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 route
You must use a roadworthy and permitted bicycle in the sportive. See below for more details.
The following cycles are permitted in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46:
e-bikes – see information above
Road Bike – probably the most common bicycle used in the event due to comfort and efficiency over a long distance.
Hybrid – typically more upright riding position designed for multi-surfaces. Usually more robust tyres and construction.
Mountain Bike – designed for off-road use with knobbly tyres. Comfortable but not efficient for a long road ride. Use slick tyres if riding on roads.
Single Speed – single speeds with a fixed or freewheel are permitted as long as they have two handlebar-operated brakes – one front and one rear.
Folding Bike – designed for the commute. Please consider carefully if this is the most appropriate bike to use.
Cruiser Bike – heavy, upright, minimal gears. Not designed for sportives. Although permitted, these bikes are not recommended for a 46-mile ride.
Tricycles – offers an option for those requiring more balance. Lightweight models designed to be efficient over long distances. Heavier than a road bike due to the extra frame and wheel. Please consider the suitability of this bike for the route.
Handcycles – All handcycles and hybrids – including tricycles and recumbent bikes – will be permitted at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46.
Cycles that are not permitted
The following cycles are not permitted in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46:
- Fixed wheel with no brakes
- Fixed wheel with only a front brake
- Any bicycle with only one brake
- Penny Farthings
- Towed trailers
- Child carriers
- Tag-a-long trailers bicycles
- Trailer bicycles
- Cargo bicycles
- Specialist time-trial bicycles are not allowed as they do not allow for immediate control of the bicycle.
- Stride driven or stand up machines such as elliptical cycles
- Any bicycle without 360° rider visibility
- Unconventional handlebars (including triathlon bars, aero bars, clip-ons, prayer bars, Spinaci bars and cow bars) are not allowed.
- Handlebars without bar-end plugs are not permitted.
Tandem, tricycle and recumbent entries
For tandems, only one rider needs to have been successful in the ballot. Entrants with a disability will be charged £46. Entrants where neither rider has a disability will be charged for both riders at a total cost of £92.
If a rider has a disability and needs to ride a tandem bike with a guide, the guide rider will not be required to pay a fee.
Tandem, tricycle and recumbent riders need to contact the Prudential RideLondon entry team – once they have paid for their place – at the following email addresses:
If you’re travelling to Prudential RideLondon by rail with a bike, use National Rail’s PlusBike info to help you plan with ease. Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk/PlusBike to find out more.
Find accommodation in London over Prudential RideLondon weekend.
If you have a specific question or issue, check out our FAQs.
We want to ensure you have an amazing time at Prudential RideLondon, so we’ve teamed up with Continental Tyres – our Official Safety Partner – to give you some simple 'rules of the road' to follow on the big day.
As thousands of riders riders are expected to participate in the Prudential RideLondon sportives, it is necessary for us to restrict or prohibit various types of pedal bicycles and equipment for reasons of safety. It is our responsibility to manage the risks involved on the event day with the density of riders we are placing on the closed roads of the route. Our goal is to create a world-class, sustainable event that is safe and inclusive and we are still in the early phases of the development of this unique event.
We are sorry to disappoint certain groups of riders with the prohibition of certain equipment and exclusion of certain bicycle types. This is not a reflection on anyone’s personal ability, speed ability or skill level on a pedal cycle or with certain equipment. The decision is taken after a detailed review of the overall risks associated from a participant using such items or equipment to the large numbers of cyclists, who themselves have a very wide variation of skill level, participating in the event. The consequences for safety, accident rates and ultimately the time taken to complete the ride must be considered. We continually review our policies on permitted bicycles and equipment.