RideLondon 2014 ballot opens Monday

Get in quick for 2014 edition.

by John Stevenson   August 9, 2013  

RideLondon 2013 finish

It feels like the RideLondon weekend has only just passed [that’s because it has - Ed] but registration for the ballot for the 2014 sportive opens on Monday.

Unlike most sportives, which have a simple first-come, first-served system, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 sportive operates a ballot system which opens on Monday August 12 at www.PrudentialRideLondon.co.uk.

The 2014 RideLondon cycling festival will take place August 9 and 10 with the 100-mile sportive on Sunday August 10. The exact route will be confirmed following the full review of this year’s event.

The registration system will remain open until 6 January 2014 or until 80,000 registrations have been received, whichever comes first.

We suspect that after the huge popularity of this year’s event those 80,000 ballot places are going to fill up fast.

“Prudential RideLondon is now firmly on the map as one of the greatest cycling events in the world,” said Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, after finishing this year’s event. “It was a great weekend for cycling, and for this city.”


Surrey County Council Leader, David Hodge, said: “This year’s event through Surrey was a truly spectacular celebration of pedal power and I’m sure it has inspired many more people to set the wheels in motion to be on the start line next August for cycling’s version of the London Marathon.”

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I would strongly recommend a boycott of this event until they can manage to put on a pro womens race. It really shames our sport and fails to provide any kind of legacy for the olympics.

posted by edf242 [36 posts]
9th August 2013 - 19:43

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Having rode this years event at the weekend I can't think of a better legacy, 20,000 cyclists and half of Londons roads closed? Brilliant Smile

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posted by davidtcycle [62 posts]
9th August 2013 - 21:14

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edf242 wrote:
I would strongly recommend a boycott of this event until they can manage to put on a pro womens race. It really shames our sport and fails to provide any kind of legacy for the olympics.

Can't you just let things develop?! There was a pro women's race - albeit a crit rather than a road race - but timings over the weekend didn't allow anything more. There was a Youth and Handcycling event too.

Saturday was all about the Freecycle, effectively a very big SkyRide with the Handcycling, Youth and Women's crits in the evening (no Men's crit you'll notice..)

Sunday was about the Ride 100 and the Classic. Simply not enough time in there to fit in anything else but I'm sure that after this year they'll have a full review of everything then decide on next year's format.

And no, I wasn't there and I don't work for them but you can bet that I'll be online on Monday morning registering for 2014!

posted by crazy-legs [508 posts]
10th August 2013 - 8:22

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edf242 wrote:
I would strongly recommend a boycott of this event until they can manage to put on a pro womens race. It really shames our sport and fails to provide any kind of legacy for the olympics.

Good stuff. More chances for me to get in this time! Strava PBs all round please.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1119 posts]
10th August 2013 - 10:40

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Not sure about the need to 'get in quick' - it's a ballot.

Admittedly the ballot will close when they've got 80k applicants, but they only got 55,000 last year.

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posted by Gizmo_ [823 posts]
10th August 2013 - 11:49

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Rode this year and it was the experience of a lifetime I have already put my name in the ballot for next year. I also think there were “only” 55000 in the ballot for this year because there was a lot of negativity about this event even before it happened including negative comments on this very site.

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posted by Wesselwookie [132 posts]
12th August 2013 - 8:39

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I would also recommend getting your name in. It was fantastic this year. Closed roads and amazing public support, what more could you want.

Spoke to one guy on the ride and he was just staggered. Mostly because he still expected to get T-boned at each junction!

OK, I had to get up at 2.30 to get there and getting back was a bit of a nightmare, because the roads were all closed, due to bloody cyclists! But, hey, my name's gone into the ballot for 2014.

posted by Jimbonic [107 posts]
13th August 2013 - 13:56

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