Things to do in 2022: No 7, Ride London

The Capital’s big cyclo-sportive is back, and with Surrey County Council pulling out; THE ONLY WAY IS ESSEX!

The Ride London- Surrey cyclo-sportive had become one of the world’s biggest mass participation rides since starting in 2013 and many of you reading this will have taken part over the years. It didn’t happen in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID crisis but it is set to return for 2022. Surrey County Council had previously announced that they were not going to participate any further but Essex appears to have stepped in and we can eagerly anticipate a rolling Essex ride for 2022

Here are the details available at the time of writing. There will be a World Tour 3 Day Women’s race as part of the festival too. It is set for Sunday 29th May.

The RideLondon-Essex 100 is a unique opportunity to ride 100 miles on traffic-free roads through the heart of London and neighbouring Essex. It will start and finish in the centre of the capital, with 60 miles of rolling roads through some of Essex’s most beautiful countryside and villages in between. The full route will be announced in early 2022. Entries will open on Wednesday 10 November when the first 10,000 places in this brand new 100-mile challenge ride will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Entry is £89.Once the first 10,000 RideLondon-Essex 100 entries are sold out, the remainder of general entries will be available via a ballot, which will close at 17:00 on Thursday 20 January 2022. The ballot is a random draw, just like the National Lottery. Entry is £89. RideLondon has raised more than £80 million for charities since 2013. Charities had until 12:00 on Thursday 4 November to apply for places with us. You’ll be able to find out how to ride for charity later in the year.

As well as the 100-mile challenge, RideLondon will feature family-friendly cycle rides on traffic-free roads passing some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks. The event’s full format and routes across London and Essex will be announced in due course.

Essex will host stages one and two of the new three-day road race, part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, which will be held from 27 to 29 May, and is once again set to attract the world’s best teams and riders.