2014 RideLondon sportive ballot full after just 27 days.

We told you you'd have to be quick

by John Stevenson   September 9, 2013  

Boris Johnson finishes inaugural Prudential RideLondon 100

All 80,000 places in the entry ballot for the 2014 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 are full and less than a month after it opened the ballot is now closed, organisers have announced.

There’s still been no word about just how many riders will take part in next year’s event, but applicants will be notified in February whether they have been successful.

Last year’s event took five months to reach 50,000 entries, a mark that this years ballot passed in 24 hours.

The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 will be part of the second Mayor of London’s annual festival of cycling and will be run on Sunday August 10 2014. It will be preceded on Saturday August 9 by the RideLondon FreeCycle, a family event on closed roads around Westminster; and the RideLondon Grand Prix circuit races for women and juniors on Saturday evening. After the sportive riders have finished, the road course will be given over to professionals for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “An eclectic cast of cyclists has registered to enter next year’s Prudential RideLondon festival, which promises to be bigger and better than ever. London will once again be transformed as tens of thousands of people test their two-wheeled mettle on the capital’s streets.”

David Hodge, Leader of Surrey County Council, said: “It is fantastic that so many people have signed up so quickly to cycle once again through Surrey’s glorious countryside. We look forward to welcoming thousands of people to next year’s celebration of pedal power, and this underlines Surrey’s prime position as a top cycling destination.”

More than 15,000 amateur cyclists finished the first Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday 4 August 2013 after cycling 100 miles from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, out through the capital and into the Surrey Hills before returning to a hero’s welcome on The Mall in central London.

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In but not holding my breath Smile

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posted by cidermart [465 posts]
9th September 2013 - 10:57

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Well my name is in there somewhere....... Cool

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posted by Angelfishsolo [113 posts]
9th September 2013 - 11:04

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So 80,000 have applied for unspecified amount of places (This year was 20,000 with around 5,000 DNS/DNF).

You have to pay out £48 to enter and you find out in February if you have a spot so they sit on £3,840,000 for 5 months and then if you dont get a spot, do you get a refund?

I think I'd rather pay the £25 - £30 for open road sportives and know that I definitely have a place.

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posted by zanf [538 posts]
9th September 2013 - 11:31

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You don't have to pay the £48 up front, only if you want to donate your entry fee to charity if you don't get in.

posted by othello [282 posts]
9th September 2013 - 11:47

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I will probably be selected as I've entered the ballot only to realise that the day of the ride clashes with my wedding anniversary.

posted by farrell [1482 posts]
9th September 2013 - 11:54

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Convince her of a weekend break away in London Wink

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posted by cidermart [465 posts]
9th September 2013 - 11:59

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I didn't pay any money upfront, you only do that if you want to donate the cash if you don't get into the ride.

I just hope this review they are holding let recumbents in

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posted by Gkam84 [8902 posts]
9th September 2013 - 13:04

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cidermart wrote:
Convince her of a weekend break away in London Wink

I was thinking somewhere more romantic, like Lake Como...

*Cough* Madonna del Ghisallo *cough*

Wink

posted by farrell [1482 posts]
9th September 2013 - 13:24

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Yep you paid money upfront only if wanted to, you get a jacket if unsuccessful if I remember rightly!

I never paid upfront this year but have this time as didn't get in not paying, I know its a ballot so everyone has the same chance but hoping that makes a difference. Fingers crossed!

posted by mickcee [34 posts]
9th September 2013 - 15:43

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I'm hoping I get in on the main ballot because I don't think I can deal with the grief of raising money for any of the charities.

"So what you doing then?"

"riding a bike."

"Don't you do that every day anyway?"

"Ahh...Yeah....."

posted by Nick T [816 posts]
9th September 2013 - 17:29

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farrell wrote:
cidermart wrote:
Convince her of a weekend break away in London Wink

I was thinking somewhere more romantic, like Lake Como...

*Cough* Madonna del Ghisallo *cough*

Wink

Genius Applause

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posted by cidermart [465 posts]
9th September 2013 - 17:31

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Nick T wrote:
I'm hoping I get in on the main ballot because I don't think I can deal with the grief of raising money for any of the charities.

"So what you doing then?"

"riding a bike."

"Don't you do that every day anyway?"

"Ahh...Yeah....."


Well there should be charity slots going right up the the event if it is like this year.
Your choices are:
1. Pay £500-700 for a slot, then claim a rebate from your family and friends cause you can't actually afford that.
2. Pay yourself then collect even more for charity.
3. Just pay then don't bother collection, that is a lot of money for a sportive ticket.
4. Buy wheels instead.

Having charity slots is wonderful but how many of the 5000 empty slots were charity spaces and why where they not put back into the pot?
Good luck in the ballot.



Suffering from Low Cadence.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1312 posts]
9th September 2013 - 18:16

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Unsuccessful applicants who've paid up front get a rain jacket. However I think they also get entered in a second ballot for 1000 "extra" places and also chances to win Etape de Tour entry.

posted by Orbea Mike [16 posts]
9th September 2013 - 19:41

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Welcome to the world of us who have tried for years to get into the London Marathon. Very similar set up, ballot then leaving you hanging for months.
They say that giving your fee up for charity helps your application, believe me it doesn't have tried that several times!!!

Chadders x

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posted by chadders [74 posts]
9th September 2013 - 20:44

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