As the massive cycling fest returns to the capital for its sixth year, RideLondon will bring two days of road closures and over 100,000 cyclists to the city.
On Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29, there will be road closures across the city, including Waterloo Bridge, for the eight-mile FreeCycle route for families on Saturday, as well as a series of charity rides on Sunday.
The UCI Women’s WorldTour Prudential RideLondon Classique and the Men’s UCI WorldTour Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic will take place on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
“Roads between Tower Bridge and Commercial Street will be busier than usual,” TfL warns on their website. “Your journey may take up to twice as long, especially between 16:00 and 20:00 on Saturday.”
On Saturday, roads are scheduled to be closed from 5am-7:30pm, and corresponding with the family-friendly FreeCycle route, there will be seven festival zones, with free entertainment such as giant Jenga, a unicycle stunt team, and a pedal-powered juice bar.
One of the festival zones will be located near the Southbank Centre, offering:
- Freestyle Stunt Show – a showcase of skill, balance and style on wheels, with shows throughout the day from 10:00–16:00
- Puncture Kit – a drumming cyclist
- Rollapaluza races – race against family and friends on a static race bike
On Sunday, roads will again be closed from 4am-8pm for amateurs cycling for charity in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, 46 and 19 events.
The 100-mile route will feature the Peckham Cycle Club raising money for a Camberwell charity that fights criminal landlords.
TfL has advised that extra time is budgeted when travelling, especially by car, and that the Tube and Rail services are the most reliable method of transport over the weekend.
The routes can be found on the Prudential website, here.