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Prudential RideLondon continues its commitment to pedal parity in the 2020 Classique

Prudential RideLondon will continue to lead the way in addressing the gender gap in the professional peloton by making further improvements to the Classique, the professional women’s race at the world’s greatest festival of cycling.

The Classique, which takes place this year on Saturday 15 August, is already the richest women’s one-day race in the world with the prize pot exactly the same as the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, the professional men’s race which takes place the following day.

For 2020, Prudential RideLondon will further its support for the Classique by:

  • Creating a brand-new, exciting and challenging city centre circuit and
  • Ensuring financial parity off the road as well as on it by paying the women’s teams exactly the same participation fees as the male teams in the Classic

This is despite the Prudential RideLondon Classique being part of the UCI Pro Series rather than the UCI WorldTour in 2020. This decision was made by the UCI as the 2020 Prudential RideLondon was forced to move back in the calendar because of the Olympic Games which led to a date clash with the Ladies Tour of Norway.

The improvements to the event show the commitment to women’s cycling and creating #PedalParity will continue, despite the Prudential RideLondon Classique missing out on the UCI WorldTour calendar in 2020.

Prudential RideLondon Event Director Hugh Brasher said: “After we first heard about the UCI plans for 2020, we pledged that no matter the status of the race, we would continue to be committed to improving women’s cycling and we have shown this with these changes we are introducing for 2020.

“We have created a really exciting city centre course which will create some thrilling, attacking racing and offer something for a variety of riders as well as produce a captivating spectacle for all those watching on the roadside and on TV around the world.

“The commitment to provide a comprehensive race package for the Classique teams which includes exactly the same appearance fees as the male teams in the Classic reiterates our support of the world leading #PedalParity campaign we created in 2016. Women’s cycling deserves the same platform as the men’s peloton and we are proud to provide that.”

The Prudential RideLondon Classique course will again start and finish on The Mall but it has been extended to feature seven technical and testing laps of 12km. The riders will head out from The Mall and onto Victoria Embankment heading towards the City of London where they will pass iconic landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England before heading back to The Mall.

For the full route, click the map below.

The race will feature 16 teams of six riders and UCI WorldTour teams will be racing. It will again be broadcast on the BBC in the UK and around the world. Last year, more than 500,000 viewers watched the race live on BBC2 in the UK.

The Prudential RideLondon Classique is established as one of the highlights on the women’s racing calendar. The race was won last year by Lorena Wiebes (NED) and previous winners have included star names such as Laura Kenny (GBR), Kirsten Wild (NED) and Coryn Rivera (USA).

Kirsten Wild (CERATIZIT – WNT Pro Cycling), who won the race in 2016 and 2018, said: “Racing the Prudential RideLondon Classique is an amazing experience. It is really nice that the prize money is the same but it is even better that we have the same opportunity to race in a big event like Prudential RideLondon weekend alongside the men."

2017 winner Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) said: “Prudential RideLondon is great because of its location - it's not every day you finish a race in front of Buckingham Palace. It reaches a different crowd and hopefully gets them excited about cycling. And of course the prize money is pretty nice too.”

Alice Barnes (Canyon//SRAM Racing), the British national road race and time trial champion, said: "The Prudential RideLondon Classique is a race that everyone goes into determined to win; it's such a high-calibre race that everyone is really motivated. It's also an exciting race because it is a really fast and technical course and because there is such a huge prize pot."