Photo credit: RideLondon
Photo credit: RideLondon
On Sunday 29th May 2022, RideLondon returns after a more than two-year absence with a new format, new routes and an increased ambition to inspire people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to cycle.
The festival of cycling is a hugely popular part of London’s event calendar and is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors from across the capital and the UK, helping to boost trade on local high streets and sustain the region’s economic recovery from Covid-19.
In a new partnership with Essex County Council, RideLondon 2022 will include the following mass participation events, all of which will take place on Sunday 29 May.
RideLondon is committed to improving the diversity of participants taking part in the mass participation events, with a particular focus on increasing the numbers of women and people from under-served communities taking part.
Statistics show that, despite more women cycling since the start of the pandemic, on average men in England made just over twice as many trips on bikes than females in 2020*, while 74 per cent of people in urban ethnically diverse groups are currently not cycling. Despite this, 55 per cent of people in these groups stated that they would like to start (compared to 37 per cent of white people)**.
To tackle this, RideLondon has committed to offering a number of entries for RideLondon-Essex 100, 60 and 30 to cycling groups from under-served communities such as the Black Unity Bike Ride groups, Cycle Sisters and Brothers on Bikes.
Hugh Brasher, Event Director of RideLondon, said: “We’re incredibly excited to be bringing RideLondon back in 2022 after the last two editions were cancelled due to the pandemic. We return with exciting new routes into Essex thanks to a new partnership with Essex County Council and an increased ambition for RideLondon to be genuinely for all.
“Statistics on cycling participation and our own data from the previous seven RideLondon editions clearly show that women and under-served communities are in a minority when it comes to getting on a bike. We want to change that and for RideLondon to reflect the extraordinary diversity of this wonderful, multicultural city.”
Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “I am delighted to see the return of RideLondon with an exciting new format and new routes. From the dramatic finish of the 100-mile race at the iconic Tower Bridge, to the FreeCycle event perfect for families, there’s something for everyone. Cycling has seen a huge boom during the pandemic, but we know that some people are still under-represented, so it’s really important that women and those from ethnically diverse groups are being encouraged to take part. I can’t wait for the event in May and urge all Londoners, whatever their age or background, to get involved.”
Samra Said, Chairperson of Cycle Sisters, said: “We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to safely enjoy cycling as a means of exercise, personal growth and forming social connections.
“Cycle Sisters was set up to address the under-representation of Muslim women in cycling and through our Muslim women’s cycle groups, with volunteer Ride Leaders acting as role models, we’ve created a space where hundreds of women across London have discovered the joy of cycling. We’re delighted to have been supported by RideLondon this year, which will enable more of our members to participate and experience the excitement and challenge of this iconic event.”
In total, 25,000 riders are expected to participate in the RideLondon-Essex 100, RideLondon-Essex 60 and RideLondon 30 events on traffic-free roads in London and Essex. All will start on Victoria Embankment between 06:00 and 09.30, with the last finisher expected to roll over Tower Bridge by 18:00.
For more information on the event, see our FAQs.
In addition to the mass participation events, RideLondon will also feature the RideLondon Classique, a three-day UCI Women’s World Tour stage race (Friday 27 May to Sunday 29 May), which will feature the best women’s cyclists in the world. The first two stages will take place in Essex before the final stage is held on a circuit in central London on Sunday 29 May. Full details of the RideLondon Classique will be announced in the coming months.
RideLondon was established by the Mayor of London in 2013 as a legacy event from the 2012 London Olympic Games. Over its first seven annual editions, from 2013 to 2019, RideLondon grew into the world’s greatest festival of cycling enjoyed by more than 460,000 participants, from beginners to the world’s best professionals. The event could not be held in 2020 or 2021 due to restrictions caused by the pandemic.
* Cycling UK’s Cycling Statistics show males made just over twice as many trips on bikes as females in 2020
** Research from Sustrans and ARUP (2020)