Much has changed since the last RideLondon event was held in 2019. Both 2020 and 2021 live events have been canceled due to the pandemic, and RideLondon has lost both Prudential as a major sponsor and support from Surrey County Council. The latter meant that a change of course was required.
London Marathon events stepped in to plan the event, and Essex County Council was smart enough to realize that the popular cycling festival is a good thing to host, not a burden. The new 100-mile (161 km) track now turns into the Essex countryside instead of the Surrey Hills.
The RideLondon-Essex 100 takes place on Sunday, May 29, 2022 and concludes the three-day UCI Women’s WorldTour, which runs from May 27-29. The first 10,000 spots in the race were sold out within 24 hours, but you can still get a place by ballot. Entry and closing are free at 5pm on Thursday, January 20, 2022.
Those lucky enough to win a place will be notified before the end of January and then have to pay £89 to secure their place in the race.
The traffic-free road for the RideLondon-Essex 100 starts at the Victoria Embankment and ends at the New Amphitheater on Tower Bridge. The full route will be announced in early 2022, 60 miles (100 km) of it in the Essex countryside. Although the route may lack the famous climb of the Surrey Hills, the rolling terrain should be more than challenging enough. As regular participants of the London Marathon, we can also witness to the special atmosphere on Tower Bridge during the big events and expect the finish to be spectacular.
Alongside the 100-mile RideLondon main event, FreeCycle will return in 2022, featuring family-friendly trails on traffic-free roads. More details about FreeCycle will be announced in the coming months.
To enter the poll for the RideLondon-Essex 100, visit ridelondon.co.uk.