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RideLondon sportive and races cancelled

Joe Robinson
20 May 2020

London's festival of cycling put on ice due to coronavirus uncertainty

The RideLondon festival weekend - including the sportive and pro races - has been cancelled as a precaution against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The decision announced by London authorities on Wednesday morning is that the mass-participation sportives and FreeCycle would be cancelled and no longer be held on 15th and 16th August. The professional men's RideLondon-Surrey Classic and women's RideLondon Classique have also been cancelled.

In a statement, London's commissioner for walking and cycling Will Norman said the decision had been made for the safety of those competing and spectating. 

'RideLondon has been one of the highlights of the capital’s event calendar for the last seven years, so it is obviously disappointing that it cannot be staged this year,' Norman said.

'This summer we hope that millions of Londoners will alter their travel habits by making journeys by bike instead of driving or using public transport. But it is absolutely the right decision to cancel this year’s event to ensure the safety of everyone involved and we all look forward to welcoming RideLondon back again in the near future,' Norman added.

'The Mayor and I would like to thank Prudential, in their final year as title sponsors, for their support over the last seven years. We are already excited about the next RideLondon event.'

RideLondon is the largest mass-participation cycling event held annually in the UK, seeing over 25,000 people take part. This year would have seen the eighth year of the event with over £77 million raised for charity in that time.

In total, seven events will be cancelled which include: RideLondon Cycling Show, RideLondon FreeCycle, RideLondon Classique, Brompton World Championship, RideLondon-Surrey 100, RideLondon-Surrey 46, RideLondon-Surrey 19, RideLondon-Surrey Classic.

Interestingly, the UCI had named the both the RideLondon-Surrey Classic and women's RideLondon Classique as part of its updated UCI race calendar earlier in the month. However, it seems the decision has since been made that the running of these two one-day races will not be possible.

Organisers have also confirmed that all participants and charities that had purchased places for the 2020 sportive will be refunded in full.

This will also be a big blow to the charity industry as it sees another of its big fundraising events scrapped for 2020. Reports in April suggest that financial impact of these cancelled events is to be estimated at around a £4 billion shortfall for charities across the UK.