The Ballot For RideLondon’s Shorter Route Is Open Now

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The public ballot for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 is long gone, but here’s a second chance to cycle past some of the London’s grandest sights on closed roads with the opening of the ballot for the 2019 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46.

For those who are unfamiliar with it, the 46 was added to the main RideLondon event in 2016, and is a shorter (unsurprisingly, 46-mile) version of the full 100-mile route, geared towards newer and younger cyclists. It also costs a pleasingly symmetrical £46.

It’s a great chance to ensure that those who’d find 100 miles challenging – or simply don’t meet the minimum age of 18 for the 100 – can still enjoy a similar experience.

The non-competitive event starts at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with a route that follows the 100 course for the first 27 miles to take in Richmond Park, Bushy Park and Thames crossings at Kingston and Hampton Court, then takes a neat two-mile shortcut to avoid the steep climbs of Box Hill and Newlands Corner, rejoining for the glorious final 17 miles. The route takes riders along the Embankment and up through Parliament Square, then turns on to Trafalgar Square and goes through Admiralty Arch before finishing at The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.

The 2019 sportive will take place on the weekend of 3rd and 4th August, and is expected to welcome over 100,000 riders across seven events. On the Saturday there will be the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle, the professional women’s Prudential RideLondon Classique race and the Brompton World Championship. The 100, 46 and 19 run on the Sunday, as does the Prudential RideLondon Classic, which will see the best male riders on the planet battle out for glory.

If your ballot application is unsuccessful, all is not lost. There is the option to take a charity spot and raise money for a good cause. Bookmark this list of charities with RideLondon-Surrey race places just in case.

Enter the ballot | Race place £46

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Jake Stones

Jake was formely an intern for Coach and now contributes workouts from some of London’s top trainers. As well as training in the gym and running, he’s competed in the eight-hours-long overnight event Europe's Toughest Mudder twice and the 24-hours-long World's Toughest Mudder once.