Prudential RideLondon 2017: Where to watch
25 Jul 2017, 11 a.m.
With more than 100,000 riders expected to take part in seven events over the weekend of 28-30 July, the fifth edition of Prudential RideLondon is set to offer spectators more entertainment than ever before.
Whether you’re watching the cycling superstars at the Prudential RideLondon Classique or the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, enjoying the free Festival Zones at Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle or cheering on your friends and family in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and 46, there’s a huge choice for spectators at the world’s greatest festival of cycling.
Where to watch
Friday 28 July
The Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix is back at Lee Valley VeloPark in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and features handcycle races, the Prudential RideLondon Youths Grand Prix and the Prudential RideLondon BMX Grand Prix. There are also BMX tryout sessions for riders under 12 years old, while the Grand Prix Festival Zone will feature lots of bike-based entertainment, including the breathtaking Action Sports Tour BMX Stunt Show.
Entry to the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix is free and fun for all the family.
Saturday 29 July
Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle kicks off proceedings at 09:00 on Saturday morning. Come along and enjoy the fun and freedom of cycling around an eight-mile traffic-free route in central London for all ages and abilities. The seven Festival Zones in Green Park, Leadenhall Market, Aldwych, Southbank, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Guildhall Yard and St Paul’s offer everything from extreme unicyclists to Penny Farthings.
After you’ve checked out FreeCycle, head to St James’s Park and Westminster to line the route for the Prudential RideLondon Classique, the richest one-day race in the history of women’s cycling.
Now a women’s UCI WorldTour event, the Prudential RideLondon Classique will feature the world’s top twenty women’s teams racing twelve laps of a spectacular new 5.5km circuit in central London. The circuit begins on The Mall in St James’s Park, goes up Constitution Hill, turning at the top to come down and onto Birdcage Walk, then passes Big Ben and turns left on to Whitehall and right on to the Strand before turning again to come back up the Strand, through Trafalgar Square, Admiralty Arch and back on to The Mall.
Racing starts at 17:00 and will finish at about 18:45. The action will also be televised live on BBC 2.
Racing continues at 19:15 with the fun of the Brompton World Championship Final as 500+ riders in an extraordinary range of outfits (no lycra allowed) begin the race with the scramble of a Le Mans-style start to unfold their bikes and race eight laps of a circuit of St James’s Park.
Sunday 30 July
There are three events taking place on Sunday.
25,000 amateur riders will start at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 05:45 – 09:00 in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 mass sportive that last year raised a record-breaking £12 million for charity. They will be followed by amateur riders, mostly novices, undertaking the new Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46, designed as the ideal first mass participation sportive.
Then, teams of the world’s top men race in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, starting in Horse Guards Parade at 13:40 and televised on BBC TV from 15:30 to 18:30.
Here are some of the best places to watch the action:
Kingston is a great place to catch the action in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 as the route passes through the town twice. Kingston’s Ancieny Market place will also host a cycling festival with something for all the family, including a big screen, live music, street entertainment and a BMX stunt show. This is definitely a prime location to enjoy the day’s action.
West Byfleet LI:VE
A legacy of the Olympic road races that whizzed through the village in July 2012, West Byfleet LI:VE takes place from 29-30 July at West Byfleet Recreation Ground. The big screen, fun fair, food stalls and children’s games will entertain all ages, making this the ideal place to enjoy a front row seat of the amateur and professional cyclists.
Celebrate Pyrford takes place at the Pyford Cricket Club on Coldharbour Road. The village once again hosts the fantastic festival to celebrate the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey events passing through. The event kicks off with the Pyrford Games, which features sack, egg-and-spoon and three-legged races, as well as junior relays for the little ones. There is also live music, a bouncy castle, BBQ, hog roast, Pimm’s. tent, Hogs Back Brewery beer and a big screen showing al the action from the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.
The Love Wimbledon street party sees in its fifth year with great food, music and children’s activities to complement the fantastic views of the cyclists.
The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic will also be shown live on a big screen in Green Park, where riders in the 100 and 46 mile sportives will gather with friends and family after conquering their challenge.