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Watch: Mark Cavendish explains how to ace RideLondon sportive

Got a place at the UK’s largest closed road sportive? Check out the Manx Missile’s top tips

Joseph Delves
19 Jun 2017

The UK’s largest sportive, the Prudential RideLondon takes place on Sunday 30th July 2017, and for many of the 25,000 riders who've secured a place it will be the first such event that they’ve entered.

Luckily British professional road racing cyclist and champion sprinter Mark Cavendish has compiled five tips to get any rider on the right track for a safe, fun and speedy ride.

Even the aerosuit and carbon wheels brigade might benefit from a quick refresh on his basics, which cover fitting, nutrition, and safe riding in a bunch.

The tips don't include clothing, advice that would benefit the riders in the background of this video.

Part of a long weekend of cycling in the capital that spans 28th-30th July, this year’s event will be the fifth edition. Starting in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and taking in many of the same Surrey roads that played host to the 2012 Olympic road cycling races, the event finishes on the Mall in Central London.

Along with being a sporting challenge, for many entrants the ride is also an opportunity to raise money for charity, with recent years seeing in excess of £12 million collected.

There are two routes, the RideLondon-Surrey 100, which is a full century, and the shorter RideLondon-Surrey 46, which also starts and finishes in the same locations.

Along with solo and relay events, new for this edition of the ride is the Amstel Ride Together category, where teams of four can ride the full 100–mile distance together, with the time recorded by the fourth rider counting for the group.

With both events starting early, following immediately after a peloton of the world's best cyclists will tackle largely the same route for part of the London–Surrey Classic professional race.

With his Dimension Data team slated to ride, hopefully Cavendish will also be there to put his tips into practice.