RideLondon100 is being billed as the cycling equivalent of London marathon, and with 25,000 people already having registered for next year's inaugural event, it's set to rival its running cousin in size. The RideLondon 100 bike ride has clocked up the figure in just five weeks since applications were opened at last month's launch by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
There has been a growing interest in the sport since the London 2012 Games which saw the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and James Kelly clinch gold. The 100-mile event is part of the London Ride Festival which will offer amateur clubs and the world's elite cyclists four different cycling events over the weekend of 3 - 4 August 2013. As well as RideLondon 100 there is RideLondon Freecycle - an 8-mile, central London route on closed roads for up to 70,000 people including families, RideLondon Grand Prix - a 1.3 mile loop for elite women, juniors and hand-cyclists, and the RideLondon Classic which will see the men's elite take to the roads of London & Surrey on what is expected to become part of the Union Cycliste Internationale's (UCI) official race calendar.
Boris Johnson said: "Londoners are cycling in record numbers and helped by a raft of improvements there are now more than half a million journeys made by bike every day. The inspirational performances of British road and track cyclists this summer have done even more to encourage people to get on their bike, as the fantastic demand for RideLondon is showing . This cycling festival will have something for everyone, the lycra-clad professionals, the daily commuter, and families on a fun day out. What's more, RideLondon is a living legacy of our glorious summer by utilising our wonderful Olympic Park."
RideLondon 100 will be the first event to take place in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park since its conversion after the 2012 Games. The race will cover a similar 100-mile route as the Olympic road, cycling course through central London via Richmond Park out to the Surrey Hills. And like the Olympics, the event will be broadcast exclusively by the BBC across all media platforms including TV, radio, internet, mobile and iPlayer.
The ballot for places for RideLondon 100 will shut when a total of 75,000 have applied. People who are unsuccessful in the ballot may still be able to take part by cycling for a charity. For more information, visit the RideLondon website