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" Please note: Postal notifications of the outcome of your Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 ballot application will start to arrive from the 7th of February and certainly no later than the 15th of February."

Nothing in the post from them for me today.

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cidermart [489 posts] 3 years ago
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Nothing yet but to be honest I'm not holding my breath and will be very surprised if I get one.

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andyspaceman [244 posts] 3 years ago
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Kind-of how I'm feeling too - but fingers crossed.

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cidermart [489 posts] 3 years ago
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Ah the eternal optimist  3 good man lets hope so

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cidermart [489 posts] 3 years ago
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Good job I didn't hold my breath as I'm not in. Good luck to you hope it's better news.

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AWP [106 posts] 3 years ago
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cidermart wrote:

Good job I didn't hold my breath as I'm not in. Good luck to you hope it's better news.

Sorry to hear that. How did you find out?

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cidermart [489 posts] 3 years ago
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Go onto the ballot page and put your details in to pay, email/password, and if it says cancelled you are not in. Good luck to you all  1

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AWP [106 posts] 3 years ago
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Well if that's the case I'm not in either  2

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Leviathan [1972 posts] 3 years ago
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The ballot page works if you login it will confirm:

http://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/Prudential_RideLondon___Events/Pru...

Looks like I made it in, great!

However, I have to say that I could easily have been disappointed. When this even was announced soon after the Olympics I was overjoyed to have the opportunity to ride on the same course as the Olympics in a closed road Sportive. The event said that there would be 20,000 places which seemed like a lot. Having signed up I was not happy to see that they were planning to keep the draw open until 50,000 people had signed up. I entered my name on the 16th August, a few days after it appeared online, I have been stewing ever since that the event would be over subscribed massively and that 30,000 people who signed up perhaps 6 months later would get the slots not me. Not me or 60% of the first 20,000 to sign up. That doesn't seem fair to me. The first 20,000 is totally sufficient to get the keenest cyclists entering and would still take a couple of months to fill up, plenty of time to find out about it.

Yes, this kind of event might get new people taking part in cycling, but on a 100 mile event? The Great Manchester Cycle, had 13, 26 and 52 mile events; that is what will encourage new people to take part. A 100 mile event should be for keen people; 20,000 of them.

It is not impossible for you to take part anyway, there are a lot of Charities booking slots for riders willing to ride for charity for them. They seem to be charging £500/£600 per slot. If I hadn't got a ballot slot I simply don't have that kind of spare money to give. And even if I thought I could raise that sort of money from family and friends sponsoring me, would it be fair for me to pay the charity money and then effectively claim a rebate from my family and friends so I could cycle? No.

So sorry if you missed out I hope this post sums up how you feel. I have felt like Schrodinger's cat about this ballot for 6 months, so I understand even if I got a slot.

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cidermart [489 posts] 3 years ago
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Are you shitting me I just received a commiserations magazine in the post why not send someone round to kick me in the nuts while you are at it??

I got mine in on 13th August.

No I’m not going to harangue my friends in to paying for me to do it before you ask but good luck to all who ride it.

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Generalspenny80 [5 posts] 3 years ago
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Ride London 100 Rejection

Got my magazine this morning  20

Bit cheesed off really. I was top 20 in 3 x 100 mile sportives last year and winner/best time of 3h21m in a 100km sportive.
Having given all this info to the organisers and reading their guff about getting keen cyclists who are actually likely to finish the course; i was fairly hopeful!!
Totally agree with the previous comments.
Get the feeling the majority of places have been given to the charities and corporate sponsors so that the event is better advertised and more money raised. But at £500-£600 a spot!!!!!
I've done charity marathons & rides for BHF in the past but this just seems like a money spinner.
Good luck with the training to those who got a spot or those who can afford the many charity slots.

Think the broom wagon will be plenty busy  13

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hairybiker [12 posts] 3 years ago
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Both my wife and I entered and we even donated our entry fees to gain an additional chance. Both of us got the magazines this morning - what's the chances of that? Thieving bas****s  2
Mind you, we've both entered for the London Marathon on at least 4 occasions and not got in either - is someone trying to tell us something  39

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jstreetley [63 posts] 3 years ago
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Haven't got a magazine yet, but from the website, looks like I am out.

At the end of the day, it was always a ballot though, so I can't say I agree with other comments about whether entering early should give precedence.

I agree the charity route feels a little too much like trying to get your friends/family to subsidise doing a cool event, so for that reason I won't be taking a charity place.

I guess you just have to think of it like the London Marathon, where it regularly takes multiple attempts to enter before you get a place.

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Dog72 [106 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm in.
Happy about riding closed roads, slightly nervous about the 20k of "experienced cyclists" all giving it full hammer.
Bringing the plasters & Codeine.

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andyspaceman [244 posts] 3 years ago
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Not had anything by post yet either, but the payment website says 'cancelled'. Although I paid back when I registered. And like Hairybiker clicked the check-box to agree for my entry fee to be donated to charity if I didn't get in. I felt pretty magnanimous at the time, but the inner cycnic is now thinking that if nobody who paid up-front and checked that box was given a place, they'd make more money overall by giving those spaces to people who hadn't paid yet.

Now that would be a scandal! Not that I'm suggesting they've done that. But just saying...

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cidermart [489 posts] 3 years ago
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To be honest as it is only 12 miles up the road to the starting place i might just GPX the route and ride it anyway  4

As for the broom wagon i think they will need a snow plough strapped to the front  3

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Johnny Bravo [10 posts] 3 years ago
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Just got home from work to find a "Provisional acceptance" package on the door mat ..... Must pay by 7th March.
I'm in, Happy days.

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Leviathan [1972 posts] 3 years ago
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I am sure it will be a splendid event, but I do think it was rather cynical way the organisers encouraged people to donate their entry fee when they know there is not the capacity. They allowed the event to be oversubscribed by 30,000, people who would be disappointed (how much money is coming from them?) I am sure they they will declare it a massive success for charity, which might hopefully make it an annual event and give many others a chance to ride in the future.

However, my understanding of the London Marathon is it is an all charity event, so if you can't raise the funds you will have to stump the rest up yourself.

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hairybiker [12 posts] 3 years ago
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Looks like some questions need to be asked, just spoke to a friend of ours who donated her entry to charity, she didn't get in either. Be interesting to find out what proportion of the places on offer have gone to charity - are these deducted from the 20k anyway? Have we all been bidding on 15k places?

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andyspaceman [244 posts] 3 years ago
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Got my conciliatory magazine and jersey this evening. Great. Souvenirs of something I'm not going to ride.

So, is there anyone that has got a place that paid in advance and ticked the "donate my entry fee if I don't get a place" box?

If yes, had you ridden one of the Sportives on their list that auto-qualify?

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bashthebox [751 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm in, which I'm happy about.

The people complaining about their money being donated to charity - er, you do understand the concept of charity, right? It wasn't compulsory to tick that box. Just shrug in mild annoyance and be grateful your money's gone to good causes rather than being wasted.
I shall ride like the wind for all those of you who haven't made the draw.

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hairybiker [12 posts] 3 years ago
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Bashthebox - bet you didn't tick the donate box did you? Perhaps you'd like to be charitable and donate your entry to me? There's always one smug t**t  19

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AWP [106 posts] 3 years ago
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Two magazines
One Comiserations - Mine
Second Cogratulations - Girlfriends

She says she doesn't want to do it without me - I bet she does!

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kevarino [22 posts] 3 years ago
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Magazine arrived.......... I'm out  20

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pashda [15 posts] 3 years ago
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I was one of the lucky few. Amazed as previous attempts to get in the marathon ballot all failed. For the cynics I didnt tick the box. I agree with most of the comments if they want keen cyclists to take part then let the first 20,000 in. Job done. No hanging around for months to wait for a magazine. sorry for all those who missed out I know I would have been gutted.

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Timsen [71 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm not in & having looked at the magazine it looks like a charity ride to me masquerading as something serious. If you've ever ridden the London to Brighton ( I have twice ) you'll know that you're better off out of it !

Dress as a Children's Cartoon Character and you'll have a great time.... take it seriously & I suspect you may be frustrated by the hanging around at the start, people walking up every hill etc....

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bashthebox [751 posts] 3 years ago
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Bashthebox - bet you didn't tick the donate box did you? Perhaps you'd like to be charitable and donate your entry to me? There's always one smug t**t  19

That's a little harsh.

Yes, I did tick the box. I'm in - factors that may have swung it my way were being a member of Dulwich Paragon, and having done a couple of Etapes Caledonia.

The event had fifty thousand people going for twenty thousand places - obviously more than half the entrants won't get in.
A mate of mine who's a member of the same club and has done the same sportives as I have is also in, but another friend who isn't in a club and hadn't done any of the noted sportives didn't make it. This suggests that the entry favours riders with proven club and group riding experience.

Totally understandable that people are upset about not getting in, but you've got to appreciate that the organisers appear to have favoured riders who are proven to do well in this sort of event... and if you've met this criteria and still haven't made it in, just understand that 5 into 2 doesn't go.

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Leviathan [1972 posts] 3 years ago
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'looks like a charity ride to me masquerading as something serious.'

Yes, but I can't be the only one who wants to do it to ride the Olympic course?! (minus 8 loops of box hill, phew)

'take it seriously & I suspect you may be frustrated by the hanging around at the start'

Probably but I hope I will be starting near the front as it is staggered by estimated time.

'people walking up every hill etc...'

No, I will be well gone within a couple of kilometers.

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700c [902 posts] 3 years ago
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Well the gf got in and I didn't. Our responses were identical on the form, neither of us in clubs but we're regular cyclists and have a little sportive experience. this suggests placed allocated quite arbitrarily although I think the questions about fitness and experience etc might be just to ensure entrants are likely to manage the route

Oh and neither of us donated up front..

I'm a bit gutted but v pleased for her, she says she doesn't want to do it without me but realises its a great opportunity. I'll be relegated to logistics and transport on the day!

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andyspaceman [244 posts] 3 years ago
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Yes, I'm a club member and have done plenty of events, but it didn't seem to count for me.

Anyhow, I've managed to get a charity place - doesn't hurt to give back and raise a bit of money for a good cause every now and again.

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BearstedCC [80 posts] 3 years ago
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Praise The Lord I am in.  1

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