New format for RideLondon in 2021
29 Jul 2020, 9:10 a.m.
London Marathon Events (LME) is currently working with the Mayor of London and Transport for London on the format of the RideLondon event for 2021.
The 2020 event, which was scheduled to take place over the weekend of 15-16 August, was recently cancelled as it was not possible to safely stage the event due to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The event organisers (LME), the Mayor of London and TfL hope that they can hold an event in 2021, focusing on inspiring all ages and abilities to try cycling on traffic-free roads in London including RideLondon FreeCycle, and the world’s top women riders in the RideLondon Classique.
If the 2021 event goes ahead, it will take place on Sunday 30 May, during the late May bank holiday weekend.
Plans to include a mass participation sportive in 2021 are still being reviewed and LME has withdrawn the application to host the RideLondon-Surrey Classic, the men’s UCI WorldTour race, in 2021.
Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport said: “Our focus for the 2021 event will be to inspire as many people as possible – of all ages and demographics – to get out in the capital and enjoy cycling. The Mayor’s new Streetspace programme is already fast-tracking the transformation of streets across our city to enable many more people to walk and cycle. The format for 2021 needs to be appropriate for the new world that we are living in and inspire as many people as possible to switch to cycling.
“FreeCycle offers a unique opportunity for people of all abilities to cycle through our great city on traffic-free roads and the Classique will support and spotlight women’s professional cycling in the way it deserves.”
Julie Harrington, Chief Executive of British Cycling, said: “Enabling more people to choose cycling is vital if we want to ease pressure on public transport and help those for whom getting around by bike is not an option.Together with our colleagues at RideLondon and the Mayor of London’s office, we are delighted to support their work to encourage people to get on their bikes.”
Hugh Brasher, Event Director of RideLondon, said: “Our vision at London Marathon Events is Inspiring Activity and we have exciting plans to work with partners, such as the London Cycling Campaign and Wheels for Wellbeing, to develop FreeCycle in 2021 and support more people to get on a bike and get cycling.
“RideLondon has always championed gender parity and led the way in offering equal prize money and exposure for women’s cycling. We are working to develop that support further by putting women’s professional cycling centre stage. By moving to a date in late May, it also allows us the opportunity to rejoin the UCI Women’s WorldTour as there are no date clashes with other races.”
Further details of the plans for the 2021 RideLondon festival of cycling will be announced over the coming months.