RideLondon100 Ballot - Anyone Heard Yet?

by andyspaceman   February 7, 2013  

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

" 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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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 Smile

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posted by cidermart [464 posts]
7th February 2013 - 23:39

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Well if that's the case I'm not in either Sad

posted by AWP [76 posts]
8th February 2013 - 1:06

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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.



Suffering from Low Cadence.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1303 posts]
8th February 2013 - 4:07

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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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posted by cidermart [464 posts]
8th February 2013 - 14:04

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Ride London 100 Rejection

Got my magazine this morning Crying

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 Surprise

posted by Generalspenny80 [5 posts]
8th February 2013 - 14:07

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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 Sad
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 Thinking

posted by hairybiker [13 posts]
8th February 2013 - 14:53

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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.

posted by jstreetley [61 posts]
8th February 2013 - 15:12

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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.

posted by Dog72 [108 posts]
8th February 2013 - 15:58

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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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posted by andyspaceman [224 posts]
8th February 2013 - 16:11

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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 Big Grin

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

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posted by cidermart [464 posts]
8th February 2013 - 18:17

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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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posted by Johnny Bravo [12 posts]
8th February 2013 - 18:22

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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.



Suffering from Low Cadence.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1303 posts]
8th February 2013 - 18:38

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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?

posted by hairybiker [13 posts]
8th February 2013 - 21:13

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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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posted by andyspaceman [224 posts]
9th February 2013 - 1:22

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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.

posted by bashthebox [645 posts]
9th February 2013 - 1:25

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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 Devil

posted by hairybiker [13 posts]
9th February 2013 - 9:22

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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!

posted by AWP [76 posts]
9th February 2013 - 10:25

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Magazine arrived.......... I'm out Crying

posted by kevarino [22 posts]
9th February 2013 - 18:02

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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.

Pash

posted by pashda [12 posts]
12th February 2013 - 15:08

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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....

Timsen

posted by Timsen [40 posts]
12th February 2013 - 15:41

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hairybiker wrote:
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 Devil

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.

posted by bashthebox [645 posts]
12th February 2013 - 15:48

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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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posted by bikeboy76 [1303 posts]
12th February 2013 - 15:50

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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!

posted by 700c [556 posts]
12th February 2013 - 21:56

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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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posted by andyspaceman [224 posts]
12th February 2013 - 22:05

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Praise The Lord I am in. Smile

BCC

posted by BearstedCC [48 posts]
12th February 2013 - 23:10

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out of a group of 8 we have 4 places, which seems just above average, mixed ability and mixed donations ticked.
It was clear from the start the predicted numbers and chances was no better than 50 - 50. its a charity event what do you expect, i don't think it will break up before 50 miles in really and get up to speed.

posted by newboots [3 posts]
13th February 2013 - 0:18

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"I came top 20 in X, Y, Z..."

It's not a race. It's an opportunity to ride the route of the pro race that's later in the day, though clearly most of us will be trying to do it in a minimal time for our own satisfaction...

And 100 miles naturally makes it a challenge to a lot of people - they're doing the Freecycle event for families and children if that's what you want, and it's free.

I'm in. Smile

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posted by Gizmo_ [871 posts]
13th February 2013 - 11:58

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I got in and at the time of entry had completed exactly one prior Sportive. I elected to donate my entry fee for charity.

How did the ballot work? heaven only knows, I'd guess that a given % of places were allocated to those riders who declared that they had completed one of the listed events, a further % to those riders declaring other events and a reasonable predicted finishing time, a further % of those donating their entry fee to charity etc etc

Can't imagine that the ballot would have been a simple first 20,000 selected regardless of experience etc. I thought the organisers were aiming to achieve a spread of all abilities and experience across the field? From what I've read on various web sites and forums, I'd guess they have achieved their target cross section.

I can't be bothered to check, but if the organising body is a publicly funded body then a freedom of information request asking for the details of the ballot process that was used (not planned to be used) should result in the relevant information being released to the person making the freedom of interest request.

Can't imagine its going to be like riding a well executed major sportive, but it hopefully it will be a day to remember.

Former fat bloke, now not so fat, on a journey to taking part in RideUK24 Newcastle to London via l'etape and Dragon Ride Gran Fondo (and a few other sportives)
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posted by velo pixie [6 posts]
13th February 2013 - 14:47

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I got in, but now do not want to do it as I am doing the London Edinburgh London the week before. Can I give my place to someone else?

posted by jayme [114 posts]
13th February 2013 - 20:39

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jayme wrote:
I got in, but now do not want to do it as I am doing the London Edinburgh London the week before. Can I give my place to someone else?

Simple question: have you paid? If not your slot will go back into a second draw (open to those who 'donated their fee' but lost in the ballot.)
If you have paid you have two options: you can just not turn up, in which case you can guarantee a slot for next year by claiming you were ill/injured, but you will probably have to pay again, it just ensures your slot.
Or you could wait and pass your slot onto a friend, however I don't know if they would need ID to pick up your race number as they are not sent out before the race. The registration in on the Fri/Sat before the event.



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posted by bikeboy76 [1303 posts]
13th February 2013 - 21:19

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