There will be a number of transport options available to cyclists in the 2020 Prudential RideLondon sportives to ensure they are able to travel to the Start and return home from the finish area in Green Park.
Trains and planning ahead
Engineering works may affect some train services travelling in and out of London over the weekend. For up to date information, please plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries website.
Getting to the Start
There are a number ways to get to the Start on the morning of the event. Please bear in mind that whatever your chosen method of transport, you will need to cycle a distance to the start venue.
To ensure you don’t miss your start time, please plan your route carefully in advance and be mindful of the extensive road closures that will be in place for the event.
We suggest you plan your route to the start using existing cycle routes and come prepared with a map or GPS. Visit the TfL website for more information on cycling around central London.
The Rotherhithe Tunnel will be opened from 04:00 – 08:00 for cyclists to cross the river Thames.
NCP have thousands of car parking spaces at a variety of sites across London. You will be able to pre-book a car park space at a special event day rate direct with NCP. Spaces are available on a first-come first-served basis.
Please take note of specific information such as opening times and height restrictions (if you are travelling with a roof rack) in the ‘Additional Information’ section on each individual car park pages. Please also ensure that you are able to access the car park bearing in mind road closure times.
O2 car park
The O2 will have pre-bookable car parking spaces available to book direct. If you plan to book a space in the O2 car park, you can cross the river using the Emirates Air Line service which is open early for riders from 04:00.
Please note that there will be NO PARKING at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday 4 August.
There will be limited public transport available early enough to get you and your bicycle to the start at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Ride Day. Consult TfL’s journey planner for available services at the time you intend to travel or find out more about Night Tube services here.
Emirates Air Line
Emirates Air Line will offer a pre-bookable service over the River Thames to transport participants and their bicycles from south of the river and the O2 Arena to ExCeL, which is a short bike ride from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
This is a first-come, first-served service on the day so please ensure you arrive at the Cable Car Terminal in plenty of time to queue for a crossing and have your booking confirmation receipt to hand for the stewards on arrival. This service has a limited capacity and the advanced booking system will close once full. Riders may pay using contactless or oyster card on the day, but there is no guarantee of crossing time or availability.
Docklands Light Railway
Please visit the TfL website to plan your journey on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). Please note services will be operating according to the standard Sunday schedule and stations will manage a safe capacity of bicycles on trains.
Normal restrictions apply to the carriage of bicycles on public transport in London. Check www.tfl.gov.uk/cycling for details. You are advised to check what restrictions your train operating companies may have in place over the Prudential RideLondon weekend at www.nationalrail.co.uk
If you're travelling to Prudential RideLondon by rail with a bike, use National Rail's PlusBike to help you plan with ease.
Please note: You CANNOT use closed roads to get to the Start of the sportive, either in a vehicle or by bicycle.
After the sportive
There are a number of ways for riders to return from The Mall after the sportive.
We suggest you plan your onward route from here using existing cycle routes and come prepared with a map or GPS. For more information on cycling around Central London, visit the TfL website.
Please remember, you will be cycling on open roads again and will be sharing the roads with other traffic. There will be an Information Point to offer assistance, should you need it, at the Finish.
If you are planning to be picked up in central London after the sportive, please plan your meeting point in advance with the friend or relative who will be collecting you. When planning your meeting point, you will need to consider the following to avoid the extensive road closures and potential congestion:
- Your agreed pick-up location should not be within a two-mile radius of The Mall, north of the river. This means that you will need to choose a location that is south of the river, north of Regents Park, east of Tower Bridge, or west of Kensington Gardens.
- You are advised to use an existing off-street car park facility, but make sure you agree this in advance with your friend or relative. Please remember that many London roads require local parking permits and normal Sunday parking restrictions will apply. Check borough websites for details of parking restrictions.
Please check our road closures page for more details.