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RideLondon sportive secured through to 2030

Joe Robinson
21 Aug 2019

World's biggest cycling festival to remain for further decade in London

The annual RideLondon closed-road sportive, part of the world's largest cycling festival, has been guaranteed through to 2030. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Transport for London confirmed that London Marathon Events had been chosen to deliver the summer cycling sportive and closed-roads rides from 2021 to 2030, continuing the company's existing relationship with the capital.

The event will continue to function at no cost to the city or the taxpayer while continuing to help raise millions of pounds for charity.

Launching in 2012 in conjunction with London Olympics, RideLondon entered its seventh year earlier this month with over 30,000 cyclists taking part in the three sportive distances, the closed-road FreeCycle and Brompton World Championships over the weekend.

The weekend also brings pro cycling to the nation's capital with the RideLondon Classique women's race and RideLondon Classic men's race, both of which are the most lucrative one-day races on the calendar.

Now that the event has been confirmed for a further 10 years, an extensive consultation programme between stakeholders, including Surrey County Council, the London boroughs and Royal Parks, will begin to agree on a route for the first five years of the contract.

The likelihood is that the route will remain largely unchanged, tackling the popular Surrey climbs of Box Hill and Leith Hill before finishing on the city centre streets of Westminster, much to the faux-anger of Elaine Paige and Julia Hartley-Brewer.

The agreement to host RideLondon for a further decade is good news for everyone, not just cyclists, but London's walking and cycling commissioner Will Norman believes the event will also increase those riding bikes, too.

'RideLondon is the world’s greatest festival of cycling. It’s open to Londoners of all ages and abilities,' said Norman. 'From building confidence in new cyclists to enabling more experienced riders to push themselves, and offering a chance to cheer on the professionals – there is something for everyone to enjoy.

'I’m delighted that London will continue to host this fantastic event which will help build on our record cycling figures.'

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