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RideLondon cancelled for 2021

Will Strickson
29 Jan 2021

Cycling festival was due to take place in May as opposed to normal August slot, but organisers have confirmed it is still too soon to return

RideLondon has been cancelled for the second year running due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

This year's event had been scheduled for an earlier than normal date in May but organiser London Marathon Events said the festival, including the RideLondon Classique professional women's race, could no longer go ahead due to the road closures required as well as the number of participants and spectators.

The Mayor's walking and cycling commissioner, Will Norman, said: 'With London still in the grip of the Covid-19 pandemic it is the most responsible decision.

'We know many Londoners have taken up cycling over the past nine months and we are doing all we can to support this and help avoid the risk of a damaging car-led recovery, including rolling out new cycle lanes across our city.'

The 2021 edition will be replaced by a virtual event with hopes of bringing the full-scale event back for 2022.

Last year's RideLondon was also replaced by a virtual challenge, My Prudential RideLondon, which raised over £3 million for charities.

Hugh Brasher, event director of RideLondon, said: 'We know it is very disappointing news that the events planned for May cannot take place, especially for charities, as more than £80 million has been raised for good causes since the first event in 2013.'

The news comes after the Tour Series was pushed back from May to August, when RideLondon would normally take place, to enable the races to go ahead safely.

It was also announced last year that the men's RideLondon-Surrey Classic wouldn't be on the UCI WorldTour calendar in 2021 and although the women's RideLondon Classique remained on the Women's WorldTour it will no longer be going ahead this year.