A Final Instructions magazine will be mailed out to all riders taking part in the 2017 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 in early July. This magazine contains all the information riders need to have a trouble-free Ride Day on Sunday 30 July.
The Final Instructions magazine is also available to download below.
Final Instructions for Overseas Riders
Overseas riders who are taking part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 can also download a condensed version of the essential Final Instructions below.
Riders will depart in waves from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 09:00-09:45, immediately after the last start wave of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. Riders will be notified of their start time by email at the beginning of July.
Withdrawing from the sportive due to illness or injury
If you secure a place in the 2017 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 2017 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46:
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 2017 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.
- 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.
- Electric bicycles are not permitted but are welcome to take part in the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle on Saturday 30 July.
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 £39. Entrants where neither rider has a disability will be charged for both riders at a total cost of £78.
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:
The deadline for contacting the entry team will be available in due course.
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.
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We want to ensure you have an amazing time at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, so we’ve teamed up with Continental Tyres – our Official Safety Partner – to give you some simple to follow on the big day.
As more than 25,000 riders are expected to participate in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, 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.