Want to RideLondon? This is your weekend

  • Author
  • EJ Ward
  • July 27,2017

The streets will be filled with lycra clad cyclists this weekend as the biggest cycling event in London is set to take over the streets

The first Prudential RideLondon, festival of cycling, first took place in 2013, and was created as a lasting legacy of London’s 2012 Olympic Games (which opened 5 years ago this week)

There are many races and events which make up RideLondon, some just for the pros which attract the best cyclists in the world, but there will be others that even a hipster on a Penny Farthing can enjoy.

There will be significant disruption to public transport, and cars over the weekend so check before you travel with TfL

Maybe the easiest event for people who aren't professionals is the Freecycle


Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle offers a brilliant opportunity to get the whole family together to experience the fun and freedom of cycling on traffic-free roads in central London.


The event showcases the capital as part of a festival of cycling led by the Mayor of London’s office.

The route takes in the Strand and Lincoln’s Inn Fields and returns to the Victoria Embankment, taking in a section of the newly opened East-West Cycle Superhighway (CS3).

The eight-mile circuit passes iconic London landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England and again goes south of the river with a loop over Waterloo Bridge, offering stunning views of London.

The FreeCycle will take place on Saturday 29 July 2017. It’s free to register, you can register, or simply go along on the day and join the fun!

Lycra not a good look for you?

If you don't like Lycra though, maybe the Brompton race is the event for you. The race will take place at 7.15pm on Saturday 29 July and feature eight laps around St James’ Park, past Buckingham Palace and down The Mall. Competitors will be dressed in city-chic with lycra sportswear absolutely not permitted and will start the race with a dash to their Brompton bikes, unfolding them at speed before taking on the 16km circuit.

There will also be a wide range of bike-based entertainment and activities will take place at each site during the day.

Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle features seven Festival Zones in iconic London locations:

  • Green Park

  • Lincoln's Inn Fields

  • Southbank

  • Aldwych

  • St Paul's Churchyard

  • Guildhall

  • Leadenhall Market

What’s happening where?

A wide range of bike-based entertainment and activities will take place at each site during the day:

Green Park
  • Top stunt rider Andrei Burton and his team will tackle a series of breathtaking challenges

  • A 200m mountain bike course for beginners and advanced riders

  • Go Ride racing with coaches from British Cycling

  • Bikeworks – showcasing all-inclusive cycling and adapted cycles on a unique cycling track

  • Big screen with all-day entertainment

  • Transport for London’s stand walking and cycling roadshow offers information on FreeCycle Skills sessions, walking and cycle routes

  • Exchanging Places – sit in the driver’s seat of an HGV or bus to get a better understanding of what the driver can and can’t see

  • Kids’ Zone – indoor cycle-themed arts and crafts including customising your tabard, outdoor kids games, bling your bike and entertainers

  • Outdoor games including giant Jenga, Connect Four, table football and lots more

  • Activity areas presented by Prudential, Skoda, Continental, Evans and Amstel

  • Cycle Food Court with healthy food options

  • Strider® Adventure Zone – balance bikes for children on a unique and fun course

Lincoln’s Inn Fields
  • CLIF Bar Digiwall – a climbing wall that interacts with the climber using sound and light

  • Picnic zone, classical music live on the bandstand

  • Outdoor games

  • Café

  • BMX Stunt Show – an unbelievable showcase of skill, balance and aerial style

  • Puncture Kit – the drumming cyclist

  • Rollapaluza races – race your family and friends on a static race bike

  • Cycle Cinema – pedal-powered screenings for cinema fans

  • Flat Land Street Cycle with pro riders demonstrating spins, balance and technical tricks

  • Cycle-themed face painting for the children

  • Rollapaluza races – race your family and friends on a static race bike

  • King's College coffee shop

St Paul’s Churchyard
  • Paternoster Square – a brand new area hosting a food market, big screen and the ‘Wheel Love’ date bikes

  • Jump box ramp stunt show

  • Bike polo with matches by pros and polo try-outs for spectators by the London Hardcourt Bike Polo Association

  • Penny Farthings

  • Get Cycling Disability Bike Roadshow

  • Brompton Bicycle Trial Site

  • Triathon Bikes – introductory bikes for junior riders

  • Extreme Unicyclists – the world’s only stunt unicycle team will amaze you with their stunts and tricks

  • Access Sport BMX try-out course

  • Live DJ Truck

  • Pedal-powered slot car racing

  • Pedal-powered juice bar – pedal to produce your own tasty smoothie

  • Pedal-powered sound – DJs entertain with some pedal-powered sounds and beats

Leadenhall Market
  • Transformed into the London Bike Market: Makers Market showcasing the makers and craftspeople working in cycling today

  • Live DJs

  • Frame Lab – bespoke bike frames

  • Cycle screen printing press

  • Bike installations

  • Slow Cycling – how slow can you ride and stay upright?

Each Festival Zone will have cycle parking for participants to leave their bikes while they enjoy the free entertainment on offer.

Additional elements as standard at each site include hydration stations, event medical, bike mechanic and information point.



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