The dates have been confirmed for the third edition of the Prudential RideLondon Olympic legacy event, which will take place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 August 2015, while the ballot for much sought-after places on the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 opens next month, on Monday 18 August.
Organisers say that the online ballot, which you can enter via the event's website, will close on Monday 5 January 2015 or once 100,000 entries have been received, whichever is earlier.
Some 80,000 entries were received for this year’s event, which will see up to 30,000 riders take part, within four weeks of the ballot opening.
Full details of the 2015 route will be released after evaluation of next month’s second edition of Britain’s biggest sportive on 9 and 10 August, which has a slightly different route from the debut last year but still starts at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and finishes on The Mall, taking in the Surrey Hills on the way.
The weekend also features the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle on 8 miles of closed roads in Central London, plus the women’s and men’s races, the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix and the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic,
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Tens of thousands of cyclists turned out for the inaugural Prudential RideLondon as Londoners of all ages and abilities got on their bikes.
“It is fantastic news that the event is not only returning this year, but in 2015 as well, adding another world-class event to London’s sporting line-up.”
David Hodge, leader of Surrey County Council, added: "With leg-sapping climbs, people cheering riders on and a route made famous by the Olympics, this year's event again promises to be truly special while also showcasing Surrey's amazing countryside and boosting our economy.
“I'm sure it will inspire many more people to get on their bike with the aim of emulating the professional and amateur cyclists in next year's London Marathon on wheels."
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.