RIDELONDON 2019: THE ROUTES AND TIPS FOR CYCLING IN A GROUP

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 2019 is fast approaching and I’m sure all our riders are feeling equally excited and nervous! The RideLondon team have released final instructions for the day, but we thought we’d pull out some route information for you as well as share a short video with handy tips for how to cycle in a group!

46

The ride comprises a spectacular 46-mile route on traffic-free roads, beginning at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London and following the same route as the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 for the first 27 miles before taking a new two-mile route, which then links up with the last 17 miles through London to the finish in The Mall.

We recommend that you familiarise yourself with the route map before the event and remember to carry a route map with you on Ride Day.

Every 10 miles there will be a distance marker indicating the distance you have travelled at that point. This will be complemented by further markers to help you to get through the final few miles.

We’ve been lucky enough to have a supporter already undertake some of the route during their training. They had the below to share:

‘I decided to check the three hills shown on the ride, viz. Sawyers Hill, Coombe Lane – Coombe Road between mile 33 and mile 34, and Wimbledon Hill Road, so last week I drove to south-west London and sussed them out.

The first two were testing, though of no undue concern to me, whereas Wimbledon Hill Road was a case of ‘OMG’, and I realised that I’d have to do some dedicated hill-climbing training.

If there are others on the ride like me, and they’ve not prepared for some stiff climbs, the below links should be of some help.

The Sawyers Hill climb is shown on https://veloviewer.com/segments/4993935.

Coombe Lane/Coombe Road is similar to Sawyers Hill, though there was no Veloviewer map for this one.

Wimbledon Hill Road is on https://veloviewer.com/segments/12616058.

I’m sure that by using Veloviewer, riders could find similar hills in their area to train on, if needs be.

So a note to all our 46 riders: Don’t skip the hill training!

The Prudential RideLondon website has some good advice for this:

https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/training/training-advice/train-hills-flat/

The final instructions for the 46 can be found by visiting https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/46-final-instructions/

100

The route of the 100 offers a perfect, traffic-free ride for a range of cycling abilities. Everyone can enjoy a challenging day in the saddle pedalling through the roads of London and Surrey.

With leg-testing climbs and a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics, it’s a truly spectacular event for all involved. The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 finishes on The Mall in central London.

The final instructions for the big day can be found by visiting https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/100-final-instructions/

Advice on riding in a group

#1 STOP – Place your hand directly in the air

#2 HAZARD – Point directly towards the hazard

#3 OBSTRUCTION – Place your left / right hand behind your back depending on where the obstruction is

#4 INDICATING – Stick your hand out in the direction you are heading

And the wonderful Ben from Bike Shak in Altrincham explains more in this short video:

Thank you to Cunning Plan in Altrincham for creating this and many of our other bike maintenance videos.