The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic offers a unique opportunity for UK cycling fans to support their heroes on British roads as the world’s top cyclists take on a stunning and challenging 125-mile (200km) route through London and Surrey.
A route map of the 2018 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic will be available to download soon.
Departing from Horse Guards Parade, St James’s Park in central London, the professional cyclists roll out from the heart of a historic and iconic London landscape, leaving behind the world-famous backdrop of Whitehall and Buckingham Palace, and heading out through south west London on a journey that eventually takes in eight of London’s boroughs and London’s largest Royal Park.
After passing through the natural beauty of Richmond Park, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic route continues through the heart of Kingston upon Thames, then into Surrey after crossing the River Thames at Hampton Court Bridge and continues along the route made famous by both the road race and time trial events during 2012 Olympic Games.
The Surrey Section
Retracing the Olympic route, the early stages of the race will pass through Walton-on-Thames, Weybridge and Ripley before heading to the climb of Staple Lane, which offers an outstanding view over the Surrey countryside and an initial challenge for the competitors to negotiate.
Once in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the riders pass through the stunning scenery as they head towards the hilly circuits in and around Dorking that will make up 50 miles of the thrilling racing action.
After cycling through Abinger Hammer and Westcott the riders will go through Dorking for the first time before heading south to Coldharbour to climb Leith Hill.
Once riders have climbed Leith Hill, they will head through Dorking again before tackling three circuits through Westhumble to Ranmore Common before racing back through Dorking for a final time and on to Box Hill.
The direct route back into London, used by the 2012 Olympic road race, via Leatherhead, Oxshott and Esher, will see the distance from the final climb to the finish shortened bringing into play a greater tactical element, as the sprinters’ teams battle to bring back any breakaway moves made in the hills.
Dorking will also be major draw on the day as it hosts a RideLondon Festival with bike-based entertainment, local food and drink stalls, children’s activities and a giant screen showing the BBC’s live coverage of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic. The charming market town of Dorking provides a unique setting to spend the day, soak up the atmosphere and cheer on some of the biggest names in professional cycling.
After five passages of the race through Dorking High Street, the riders head towards the fabled zig-zags to climb up onto Box Hill. Once riders in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic have reached the summit of this stunning climb, only 32 miles of racing action remain, which take the race via Leatherhead, Oxshott and Esher to reach the finish in central London.
Racing back into London via Kingston upon Thames, the closing stages of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic will take the riders through Raynes Park and Wimbledon, over the ‘surprise’ climb at Wimbledon Hill, then on to Putney Bridge to cross the River Thames for a final time. The race then follows along the banks of the Thames through Chelsea and Westminster, heading past some of London’s most famous landmarks as it makes its way across Parliament Square and up Whitehall to the 1km to go banner.
The race then takes a tight left turn at Trafalgar Square, with riders racing under Admiralty Arch to line-up for the final 500m finishing sprint along The Mall, this time heading towards Buckingham Palace and the finish line.
Please note that the routes shown on the map are for information purposes only and should not be used as training routes. Please do not attempt to cycle the routes as shown on Google Maps as they include roads that are only accessible on event weekend due to road closures and one-way systems. LSCP takes no responsibility for those using the routes outside of the event window.