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FAQs for the cancelled 2020 Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling

The 2020 Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling has been cancelled. This decision has been taken by London authorities after engagement with partners involved in the planning of the event.

Please read the FAQs below for further information for participants and more details on the future of the event.

Why has Prudential RideLondon been cancelled?
The decision to cancel the event has been taken by London authorities after engagement with partners involved in the planning of the event. For the foreseeable future the primary focus of all partners and stakeholders remains on the complex issues surrounding the response to the pandemic with public health of paramount importance.

All events over the Prudential RideLondon weekend have been cancelled, namely:

  • Prudential RideLondon Cycling Show
  • Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle
  • Prudential RideLondon Classique
  • Brompton World Championship
  • Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
  • Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46
  • Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 19
  • Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic

Why cancel instead of postpone?
Prudential RideLondon is a huge two-day cycling festival that involves a multitude of road closures across London and Surrey which makes it impossible to find a replacement weekend in 2020.

As the event is cancelled, do I get a full refund?
Everyone who has already paid for their place in the 2020 event will be offered a full refund, even if you have already withdrawn. We are extremely grateful to Prudential, the title sponsor of the event, for its support, which has ensured that this is possible. All refunds will be processed no later than 31 July.

Can I defer my place to 2021 instead of being issued with a refund?
No. With the current unknowns about the short-term future for mass participation events and the importance of inspiring as many people as possible to cycle more often, all stakeholders are taking the opportunity over the next few months to fully review the format of the event. It is therefore not possible to defer any places, even if you have already withdrawn from the 2020 event.

I have a charity place in the event. What do I need to do next?
There is no immediate requirement to do anything and your charity will be in contact with you in in the coming weeks. Charities are likely to be very busy at this time and operating with reduced staffing due to the current situation, so please consider this if you do need to make contact. You will need to contact your charity if you wish to discuss a refund of any fundraising or charity registration fees for the event.

Do Club 200 riders get a full refund?
Yes. All riders who entered on an individual basis for 2020 will be refunded to the card that was used for payment. There is a small number of riders who entered as a pair in 2019 and deferred to 2020. The total entry fee will be refunded to the primary rider’s card that was used for payment. All refunds will be processed by 31 July 2020.

What is the date for 2021 RideLondon and how can I enter?
With the current unknowns about the short-term future for mass participation events and the importance of inspiring as many people as possible to cycle more often, we’re taking the opportunity to fully review the format of the event over the next few months. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for further updates.

Will people with places in 2020 Prudential RideLondon be given priority in the 2021 ballot?
No. We cannot offer 2020 riders priority places in a future event as it is quite possible that the entry system and events may be entirely different.

Will anything be happening on the event weekend of 15 and 16 August?
Yes. We are working on a range of options with Prudential and the Mayor’s Office to support the charity fundraising associated with the event despite the cancellation. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for further updates.