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.
Acknowledged by the Telegraph as a leading cycling journalist, John Stevenson has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc editor Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013 and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.