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Entry limit likely to be raised to 35,000

Organisers of the 2015 Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100 say next year's event will be the biggest sportive in Europe and the second biggest in the world, with the number of entries likely to be to be around 35,000.

Just 72 hours after registration opened the ballot for the 2015 ride is already halfway to the 100,000 limit.

That larger ballot — up from 80,000 last year — reflects a likely larger field for next year's ride, if this year's post-event debrief shows that to be feasible.

RideLondon spokesperson Alison Hamlett told road.cc: "We are still undertaking the debrief of the 2014 event, but depending on the outcome of that debrief we are looking to take around 35,000 entrants for the 2015 Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100 — which would result in an anticipated start line number of around 28,000.

"This would make it Europe’s largest sportive and the second biggest in the world behind Cape Argus."

That event — South Africa's 109km Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour — boasted 34,500 entries in 2014 and 31,046 finishers.

Take up for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 has been a bit slower than last year, when the ballot passed 50,000 entries in 24 hours, but still a lot faster than the inaugural event, which took five months to reach 50,000.

Last year's 80,000-place ballot filled up 27 days after opening. This year's will close on January 5, 2015 or earlier if it reaches the 100,000 limit.

Organisers say that more than 20,000 people finished this year's ride, despite the  hurricane-generated lousy weather, and conditions event director Hugh Brasher called "biblical" seem to have only slightly deterred people from signing up for next year.

"After conditions that have been aptly described as biblical, we are delighted to see that the enthusiasm of Britain’s cyclists and would-be cyclists to participate in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 has not been dampened," said Brasher.

The entry fee for the ride for 2015 and 2016 has been increased to £58.00 for UK participants.

“We held the entry fee at the same price for two years but the costs of putting on the UK’s biggest sportive means that we need to increase the entry fee by £10.00 this year,” said Brasher.

To enter the ballot go to www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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deblemund [263 posts] 3 years ago
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"we are looking to take around 35,000 entrants for the 2015 Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100 — which would result in an anticipated start line number of around 28,000."

On the basis of an assumption that 7,000 won't bother turning up? Dangerous assumption, if so. The turnout was bad last year when people found out at the last minute what a faff it was to register and get to the start, but amazingly good this time despite the conditions.

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Gkam84 [9104 posts] 3 years ago
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With them still being in the debrief/review stage after this years event, I don't know where this story has come from.

I have been kept up to date with most changes since the 2013 review as my part in getting a recumbent test event.

It was my understanding that things would be ramped up at 5,000 a year until they got to 35,000. So that would say to me, that next year would be 30,000 and then in 2016 they would hit what they believe will be their maximum limit of 35,000.

Of course this could change will the review not being complete until November this year. If it is possible for the ride to hold a capacity of more than the 35,000 limit they have self imposed, I am sure that ceiling will be extended, I could see, depending on route changes and other factors, it being extended right up to 50,000 in years to come.

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jollygoodvelo [1663 posts] 3 years ago
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I reckon the 20% bump in price has had as much effect as the weather on cooling excitement.

I really hope that doesn't keep increasing - I signed up for a second go obviously, but once I've done a full 100-mile one in the sunshine I'm not sure I'll bother doing it >every< year if it's £68 in 2016, etc...

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joemmo [1164 posts] 3 years ago
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Gizmo_ wrote:

I reckon the 20% bump in price has had as much effect as the weather on cooling excitement.

I really hope that doesn't keep increasing - I signed up for a second go obviously, but once I've done a full 100-mile one in the sunshine I'm not sure I'll bother doing it >every< year if it's £68 in 2016, etc...

The website says it will stay at £58 for 2015 & 16 at least.

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Jonathan Knight [24 posts] 3 years ago
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After downloading all of the times from their web site to see where I came, there were around 6,000 entries with no times against them, so 7,000 non-starters for a bigger field is probably about right.

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parksey [342 posts] 3 years ago
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"we are looking to take around 35,000 entrants for the 2015 Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100 — which would result in an anticipated start line number of around 28,000."

Equally intrigued by this statement, surely it's not the case that 20% of the participants just don't turn up?

If so, why, and what do they do about allowing others to then take those places?

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Username [215 posts] 3 years ago
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The entry fee for the ride for 2015 and 2016 has been increased to £58.00 for UK participants.

How much is it for overseas participants? I couldn't find the answer on their site.

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Al__S [1250 posts] 3 years ago
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As I've posted in the forum thread (or summarising from there):
They've said that they'll take 100,000 ballot entries and that there is a simple, unbiased, unweighted 1 in 4 chance of getting a place that way (I have this bit by email directly). So that's 25,000.

Which made 30,000 seem a bit low, as that would have meant 5000 places between Corporates (Team Prudential & VIP), Club Ballot (enter once, get four places), Business Peloton & Relay, Charity places and deferrals from this year. Not to mention GKam84 and his merry band doing it lying down. This, to me, seemed a bit low- whereas 10,000 (maybe a little less?) would seem "about right"

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andyp [1498 posts] 3 years ago
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£58 for a 160km ride.

£5 for a 400km ride.

Decisions, decisions....

http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/14-347/

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Nick T [1086 posts] 3 years ago
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£0 to just get on your bike and go for as long as you like.

What's your point, exactly?

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Nick T [1086 posts] 3 years ago
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£0 to just get on your bike and go for as long as you like.

What's your point, exactly?

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andyp [1498 posts] 3 years ago
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Sorry if it wasn't clear. Keep forgetting that the internet is open to all nationalities and speakers of different languages.

My point is - that's a lot of money for an organised ride.

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Al__S [1250 posts] 3 years ago
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andyp wrote:

£58 for a 160km ride.

£5 for a 400km ride.

£5 gets you a route map and a card to be checked.

£58 gets you a closed road route, with marshals, first aid cover, portaloos, drinks and food stations with inclusive supplies, electronic timing, luggage transfer from start to finish and more.

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andyp [1498 posts] 3 years ago
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Well, not quite.

But, based on those 'facts' - you're effectively paying £53 for some energy drink, a few segments of banana, and some unnecessary stuff. Jolly good.

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Nick T [1086 posts] 3 years ago
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Paying £5 is a lot of money to ride on public roads that are available 365 days a year, wether it's 10k or 400k. Things cost money though, it's up to you to decide if what's offered in return is good value or not.

£60 for closed roads with a load of other people who're in high spirits, filled with camaraderie isn't something you can do often for free, so I'd consider paying up if that's what I wanted to do.

£5 to ride what's often a pretty lonely audax route through the countryside doesn't look quite such good value when I can do that at will.

Different strokes, eh.

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Al__S [1250 posts] 3 years ago
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The closed road route is by far the biggest expense. And some of us like that. If you don't, don't enter the ballot. That'll cost you £0. But comparing a 160km closed road sportive to 400km Audax is almost like comparing the Tour de France to the Transcontinental Race- they're very, very different things that just happen to involve bikes.

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Nick T [1086 posts] 3 years ago
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Sometimes they lay on cake though. And you get to financially support the club organising it, which is nice. Unless you're a bit close to your money.

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factor41 [20 posts] 3 years ago
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andyp wrote:

£58 for a 160km ride.

£5 for a 400km ride.

Decisions, decisions....

Seems like an easy one.

Hope I get a ballot place this year...

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Nick T [1086 posts] 3 years ago
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Username wrote:
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The entry fee for the ride for 2015 and 2016 has been increased to £58.00 for UK participants.

How much is it for overseas participants? I couldn't find the answer on their site.

£85 I think, or something close to it.

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pwake [423 posts] 3 years ago
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andyp wrote:

£58 for a 160km ride.

£5 for a 400km ride.

Decisions, decisions....

http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/14-347/

Seems there's plenty of people willing to pay it and it's all relative isn't it?
My wife and I rode the inaugural event last year. With airfare from the USA and a weeks hotel/meals in the UK it certainly wasn't the cheapest century we've ever ridden. But as we rode it together in celebration of my wife surviving cancer earlier that same year, I think the word best used to describe the feeling of crossing the line together in The Mall is... Priceless.

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uksportives [25 posts] 3 years ago
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pwake wrote:
andyp wrote:

£58 for a 160km ride.

£5 for a 400km ride.

Decisions, decisions....

http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/14-347/

Seems there's plenty of people willing to pay it and it's all relative isn't it?
My wife and I rode the inaugural event last year. With airfare from the USA and a weeks hotel/meals in the UK it certainly wasn't the cheapest century we've ever ridden. But as we rode it together in celebration of my wife surviving cancer earlier that same year, I think the word best used to describe the feeling of crossing the line together in The Mall is... Priceless.

Exactly and well said. Now we can say no more

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Leviathan [2738 posts] 3 years ago
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Jonathan Knight wrote:

After downloading all of the times from their web site to see where I came, there were around 6,000 entries with no times against them, so 7,000 non-starters for a bigger field is probably about right.

@Jonathan Knight, please can you tell me where I can download all the results for Ride London? On the official website the best you can view is 100 at a time. I would love to find out my 'percentile' result as this is the only estimate I can compare last year with this as the course and weather was so different.

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arfa [849 posts] 3 years ago
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Al__S [1250 posts] 3 years ago
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Airzound wrote:

Can't think of anything more miserable than riding with 34,999 other people, many of whom will be wanabee Pro nobbers treating it like a race and others who are so slow they just hold you up and make it so dangerous. Happy just riding my daily 55 mile commute which is free, without shelling out for this and my food and drink is no doubt better.

Don't enter the ballot then?

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CXR94Di2 [1724 posts] 3 years ago
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Airzound wrote:

Can't think of anything more miserable than riding with 34,999 other people, many of whom will be wanabee Pro nobbers treating it like a race and others who are so slow .

My there are some grumpy posters

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CXR94Di2 [1724 posts] 3 years ago
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arfa wrote:

Results here

http://speakthinkblog.speakmedia.co.uk/2014/08/12/ride-london-2014-ranki...

Came in the top 50%, which I am pleased with. Something to aim for as the top 40 or even 30% are not too far away.

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mickcee [76 posts] 3 years ago
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Did this the event this year and the entry money is money well spent in my eyes.

My first year of doing sportives and this was my 6th and last of the year and you will never take the buzz I had throughout even in the worst weather I could have imagined!

But that finish...Wow....and the noise my family made behind the barrier on the mall! You cant buy that for any money!

I have failed in the Ballot twice mind (charity place this year) so fingers crossed!!

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Nick T [1086 posts] 3 years ago
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Airzound wrote:

Happy just riding my daily 55 mile commute which is free, without shelling out for this and my food and drink is no doubt better.

Sounds like such an awesome day out bro, can I come and ride it with you 2up? Let's smash some segments.

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notfastenough [3727 posts] 3 years ago
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Airzound wrote:

Can't think of anything more miserable than riding with 34,999 other people, many of whom will be wanabee Pro nobbers treating it like a race and others who are so slow they just hold you up and make it so dangerous. Happy just riding my daily 55 mile commute which is free, without shelling out for this and my food and drink is no doubt better.

Well at least that makes me feel better about my impending 40 mile commute when we move house...

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arfa [849 posts] 3 years ago
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I am not a sportive fan but having ridden the 86 this year I have re-entered for the 100 next year. Closed roads and the crowds cheering you on make it something special

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