Routes announced for Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 & Classic
Organisers set £12 million charity fundraising target
Rolling road closures introduced in parts of Surrey
Extensive community engagement programme underway
The routes were announced today for the Prudential RideLondon events in London and Surrey
on Sunday 10 August, part of the Mayor of London's multi-award winning world-class festival of
The day begins with the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 as 24,000 riders gather in Queen
Elizabeth Olympic Park to start in waves from 06:00, ride out through London to the beautiful
country roads and hills of Surrey before returning to the capital for a spectacular finish on The
Mall in St James's Park.
The mass-participation sportive is followed by the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic at 13:00,
a race for 150 of the world's top professional male riders.
In its first year, riders in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 raised more than £7 million for
charity, setting a new record for a UK one-day cycling event. In 2014, organisers have set the
ambitious fundraising target of £12 million.
The route for the sportive will remain essentially the same as 2013, with minor changes that
showcase the new market place in Kingston and enable better road access to towns and
villages along the route such as Dorking, Leatherhead and Esher. The route from Leatherhead
to Esher now goes through Oxshott, as it did for the London 2012 road race.
Once the riders in the mass-participation event have passed over Hampton Court Bridge, rolling
road closures will be used for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic wherever possible in
Surrey to reduce the impact of road closures on residents and businesses through the day.
The 2014 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic has been awarded Hors Categorie status by
the UCI, the international cycling federation, the second highest international classification for
The increase in UCI ranking points and prize money means the race is certain to attract an even stronger
field and more star names. The 2014 race will be over a 200km distance and the organisers have worked
to create a more challenging route for the world's best.
The main changes for the men's pro race for 2014 include:
The event is now centred on Dorking with multiple circuits in the Surrey Hills
Two new climbs through Denbies Vineyard to Ranmore Common
Includes the climbs of both Leith Hill and Box Hill
The addition of Staple Lane
Route maps for the events are available from Prudential RideLondon's website
An extensive community engagement programme is underway with the London boroughs on
the route and Surrey County Council to help residents and businesses along the routes plan
This will include leaflet drops in May and July to 1 million+ residents and businesses
along the routes, drop-in sessions for local people and community access plans.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "After last year's roaring success, cyclists across
London will be cheered to see the return of an event that has quickly established itself as an
unmissable fixture. As well as bringing economic benefit to the capital, events such as
Prudential RideLondon help to support our two-wheeled renaissance and I am confident this
year's event will be even bigger and better."
"We have a great race in prospect on a fantastic route," said Mick Bennett, Race Director of the
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic. "The success of last year's race and the global
television coverage means that the world's best teams are very keen to compete in 2014."
David Hodge, Leader of Surrey County Council, said: "Following our feedback asking the
organisers to limit impact on residents and businesses, we're pleased they've introduced
several rolling road closures and focused the afternoon action around Dorking this year. We're
looking forward to another fantastic day of cycling in Surrey that will draw thousands of visitors
to our towns and villages, raise millions for good causes and showcase our county to the world."
The 2014 Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling begins on Saturday 9 August with Prudential
RideLondon FreeCycle, a chance for all the family to enjoy cycling a traffic-free loop on closed
roads through central London. Later that day, the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix showcases
top women's professional races and the Olympic cyclists of the future in youth races for boys
and girls in criterium races in and around St James's Park.
The Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling was first held in August 2013. The inaugural
event won six national awards for cycling innovation and event management in addition to
generating £13.2 million in direct economic benefit and more than £21 million in media value
from international broadcast.