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.”
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.