If you have managed to escape the furore around the RideLondon-Surrey 100 bike ride – you can definitely expect to hear a lot more about this event in the next six months.
Following on from 2012’s summer of success/Olympic year/cycling is the best sport in the world, the UK is riding the two wheel wave and the RideLondon-Surrey 100 legacy event has been launched to take place on 4th August this summer in London. A completely closed road event, covering 100 miles and setting off from Queen Elizabeth Olympic park through the capital and into the Surrey hills.
It’s open to all abilities, but like events such as the London marathon, you can choose which time you expect to finish in, so that you’re placed in the line-up with people of similar speed (meaning you won’t be stuck in a queue of cyclists if you’re looking to use this as a real speed challenge).
There are 20,000 places available, and before the ballot closed 55,000 people had registered their interest – so competition for a spot is tough.
The ballot has now closed, but the charity Action on Hearing Loss has 20 guaranteed places that they’re looking for keen cyclists to fill. Registration is £50 and each cyclist is asked to raise £750. With over 6 months to get yourself ready, put on a pub quiz, or do a sweepstake at work etc. this should give you enough time to raise some sponsorship and get yourself fit and ready for the big day!