Prudential Ride 100 course which will pass through Richmond, Kingston, Wimbledon, Elmbridge, Epsom and Putney in Wandsworth, shortened because of bad weather

Where there's a wheel there's way: Competitors in last year's race

Where there's a wheel there's way: Competitors in last year's race

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The Prudential Ride 100 bike event set to weave its way through Surrey and parts of London today, has been shortened due to bad weather.

What was originally mapped out as a 100mile course, will now miss off Leith Hill and Box Hill in Surrey- reducing the length to 86 miles.

The decision follows a Met Office forecast of localised, heavy rain in the area.

Hugh Brashner, event director, said: “ Our primary concern is for the safety of all participants, volunteers and staff.

"Please follow the instructions of our stewards and marshals at all times.

"Please ride appropriately in these wet and windy conditions- leave more space between you and your fellow riders and moderate your speed."

About 24,000 amateur cyclists are expected to tackle the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, a challenge ride on closed roads through London and Surrey.

The cyclists start at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, before heading to Canary Wharf and then passing through the City of London.

Particpants will later ride through Richmond Park and Kingston-upon-Thames, before finishing at Putney Bridge.

The course also passes through Merton, Raynes Park, and Wimbledon Hill, as well as making tracks through parts of Elmbridge.

The first batch of cyclists left at 6am and the last group left at 8:30am. 

From 1pm today 150 of the world’s best professional men will race against each other in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, an extended 200km version of the amateur route.

Visit www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk throughout the day to follow important news from the event.

Are you a spectator? Email your pictures to tom.gillespie@london.newsquest.co.uk.

Have you been affected by road closures? Email in or call 0208 722 6358.

 

 

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12:25pm Sun 10 Aug 14

buggsie says...

Shame the whole bike race can't be cancelled.
The whole of Central London was a total nightmare yesterday (Saturday) trying to get to Covent Garden from Battersea.
Hope the money they paid to enter (do they pay?) goes towards widening our roads (which will give more room to cyclists) and mending potholes.
Shame the whole bike race can't be cancelled. The whole of Central London was a total nightmare yesterday (Saturday) trying to get to Covent Garden from Battersea. Hope the money they paid to enter (do they pay?) goes towards widening our roads (which will give more room to cyclists) and mending potholes. buggsie
  • Score: -14

2:29pm Sun 10 Aug 14

pluton says...

Widening roads in central London ?? What are you thinking of pulling down ? The only solution to congestion is to promote, where feasible, the use of modes requiring minimum space such as cycling. ( Yes; I am aware that delivering to supermarkets by bike isn't feasible )
Widening roads in central London ?? What are you thinking of pulling down ? The only solution to congestion is to promote, where feasible, the use of modes requiring minimum space such as cycling. ( Yes; I am aware that delivering to supermarkets by bike isn't feasible ) pluton
  • Score: 4

7:01pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Carla Dewaard says...

buggsie wrote:
Shame the whole bike race can't be cancelled. The whole of Central London was a total nightmare yesterday (Saturday) trying to get to Covent Garden from Battersea. Hope the money they paid to enter (do they pay?) goes towards widening our roads (which will give more room to cyclists) and mending potholes.
You could have travelled by rail & London Underground.
[quote][p][bold]buggsie[/bold] wrote: Shame the whole bike race can't be cancelled. The whole of Central London was a total nightmare yesterday (Saturday) trying to get to Covent Garden from Battersea. Hope the money they paid to enter (do they pay?) goes towards widening our roads (which will give more room to cyclists) and mending potholes.[/p][/quote]You could have travelled by rail & London Underground. Carla Dewaard
  • Score: 7

9:09pm Sun 10 Aug 14

kings_guy says...

Whilst you were wondering why Central London was busy with traffic (isn't this the norm?) Thousands of people were raising millions for charities. Sorry for your delay due to a well publicised annual event.
Whilst you were wondering why Central London was busy with traffic (isn't this the norm?) Thousands of people were raising millions for charities. Sorry for your delay due to a well publicised annual event. kings_guy
  • Score: 3

12:22am Mon 11 Aug 14

mikenm says...

Rail and underground are not accessible to all, so may not have been an option, but you probably didn't think of that, did you?

It may have been a well publicised event on it's second occurrence (rather than an annual event), but it was not well organised, route planning was abysmal and a complete shambles, cutting off people from accessing essential health services.

Let it be the last one, and good riddance to it.

I hope it was yet again a financial disaster for the great god of shopping in Kingston.
Rail and underground are not accessible to all, so may not have been an option, but you probably didn't think of that, did you? It may have been a well publicised event on it's second occurrence (rather than an annual event), but it was not well organised, route planning was abysmal and a complete shambles, cutting off people from accessing essential health services. Let it be the last one, and good riddance to it. I hope it was yet again a financial disaster for the great god of shopping in Kingston. mikenm
  • Score: -13

9:22am Mon 11 Aug 14

rob_c says...

mikenm wrote:
Rail and underground are not accessible to all, so may not have been an option, but you probably didn't think of that, did you?

It may have been a well publicised event on it's second occurrence (rather than an annual event), but it was not well organised, route planning was abysmal and a complete shambles, cutting off people from accessing essential health services.

Let it be the last one, and good riddance to it.

I hope it was yet again a financial disaster for the great god of shopping in Kingston.
'Let it be the last one, and good riddance to it.'

Surrey County Council has given its backing to the event until, from memory, at least 2016, and of course the Mayor of London backs given that he was such a mover behind its launch (it's a legacy event of the London Olympics).
[quote][p][bold]mikenm[/bold] wrote: Rail and underground are not accessible to all, so may not have been an option, but you probably didn't think of that, did you? It may have been a well publicised event on it's second occurrence (rather than an annual event), but it was not well organised, route planning was abysmal and a complete shambles, cutting off people from accessing essential health services. Let it be the last one, and good riddance to it. I hope it was yet again a financial disaster for the great god of shopping in Kingston.[/p][/quote]'Let it be the last one, and good riddance to it.' Surrey County Council has given its backing to the event until, from memory, at least 2016, and of course the Mayor of London backs given that he was such a mover behind its launch (it's a legacy event of the London Olympics). rob_c
  • Score: 5

9:24am Mon 11 Aug 14

Twotonted says...

Whilst the race might give pleasure to some, and raises a lot of money, it does cause chaos for many. Maybe it is time to rethink the route, so that the race can continue but with much less disruption. The London Marathon is a bigger event but has much less impact, as its route largely follows the river bank, and there are bridges across the course in key areas. Also if, like in the marathon, the elite riders went first, followed by the mass event, the roads could be reopened quickly rather than closed all day.
Whilst the race might give pleasure to some, and raises a lot of money, it does cause chaos for many. Maybe it is time to rethink the route, so that the race can continue but with much less disruption. The London Marathon is a bigger event but has much less impact, as its route largely follows the river bank, and there are bridges across the course in key areas. Also if, like in the marathon, the elite riders went first, followed by the mass event, the roads could be reopened quickly rather than closed all day. Twotonted
  • Score: 7

10:07am Mon 11 Aug 14

sotonsaddler80 says...

mikenm wrote:
Rail and underground are not accessible to all, so may not have been an option, but you probably didn't think of that, did you?

It may have been a well publicised event on it's second occurrence (rather than an annual event), but it was not well organised, route planning was abysmal and a complete shambles, cutting off people from accessing essential health services.

Let it be the last one, and good riddance to it.

I hope it was yet again a financial disaster for the great god of shopping in Kingston.
Ballot for the next ride is on August 18th. I for one will be the first to sign up. Really good ride this year and I heard an unofficial figure of 12m was raised for charities.

Essential health services should have been prepared.
[quote][p][bold]mikenm[/bold] wrote: Rail and underground are not accessible to all, so may not have been an option, but you probably didn't think of that, did you? It may have been a well publicised event on it's second occurrence (rather than an annual event), but it was not well organised, route planning was abysmal and a complete shambles, cutting off people from accessing essential health services. Let it be the last one, and good riddance to it. I hope it was yet again a financial disaster for the great god of shopping in Kingston.[/p][/quote]Ballot for the next ride is on August 18th. I for one will be the first to sign up. Really good ride this year and I heard an unofficial figure of 12m was raised for charities. Essential health services should have been prepared. sotonsaddler80
  • Score: -3

11:45am Mon 11 Aug 14

pattyvee says...

Why do all Kingston Guardian articles say that the ride ended on Putney Bridge? Please get your basic facts straight instead of copying and pasting the same mistakes. The ride ended on the Mall.
Why do all Kingston Guardian articles say that the ride ended on Putney Bridge? Please get your basic facts straight instead of copying and pasting the same mistakes. The ride ended on the Mall. pattyvee
  • Score: 2

12:36pm Mon 11 Aug 14

bandit63 says...

Soton - they were prepared but the diversions they were having to take added time to calls and the resultant knock on effect caused issues. I'm a cyclist but I really do question this event. It does cause lots of disruption to a vast number of people. I know people who were working on Sunday (including health & emergency service workers) who had to leave for work nearly 2 hours earlier than normal. I think it's great to have something like this and daresay the disrutpion will be looked at, but YOU need to appreciate what a PIA it is. The route should be looked at.
Soton - they were prepared but the diversions they were having to take added time to calls and the resultant knock on effect caused issues. I'm a cyclist but I really do question this event. It does cause lots of disruption to a vast number of people. I know people who were working on Sunday (including health & emergency service workers) who had to leave for work nearly 2 hours earlier than normal. I think it's great to have something like this and daresay the disrutpion will be looked at, but YOU need to appreciate what a PIA it is. The route should be looked at. bandit63
  • Score: 4

1:54pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Mind the gap says...

Don't panic you only have 11 months and 29 days to make alternative arrangements for the next one and avoid the "chaos". How the hell do you people manage on a day to day basis. I witnessed one T wa t kicking up a stink because he couldn't drive across Coombe Lane West , with the Stewards eventually letting him through because he was causing problems and getting aggressive with him saying he needed his car and wouldn't be back till the race finished. Only for the T wat to return 15mins later with his kid holding a McDonalds bag and trying to drive back through. Well done to the Stewards for holding their ground and not letting him through. Well done to the riders who raised more than £12million for charity, look forward to next years event.
Don't panic you only have 11 months and 29 days to make alternative arrangements for the next one and avoid the "chaos". How the hell do you people manage on a day to day basis. I witnessed one T wa t kicking up a stink because he couldn't drive across Coombe Lane West , with the Stewards eventually letting him through because he was causing problems and getting aggressive with him saying he needed his car and wouldn't be back till the race finished. Only for the T wat to return 15mins later with his kid holding a McDonalds bag and trying to drive back through. Well done to the Stewards for holding their ground and not letting him through. Well done to the riders who raised more than £12million for charity, look forward to next years event. Mind the gap
  • Score: 0

4:21pm Wed 13 Aug 14

bandit63 says...

Mind the gap - you can plan all you like, but things outside of your control (excluding the person you mentioned), do happen. A friend of mine was called into work on the day at short notice because of staff suckness and had to drive because of the nature of his work - it took him forever to get to South London. and meant what should have taken 3 to 4 hours took about 8 to complete adding in travelling time

This is a huge populated area to be shut down for a length of time. I have in a past life been iinvolved in planning for events that shut down major road routes for a prolonged time and YOU need to be apprecitive of the fact that although lots of people (with a fair amount from outside the area) were watching the event, there is probably the same or larger amount of people who don't give a stuff and just see it as a PIA. The route does need to be reviewed or the start time made earlier
Mind the gap - you can plan all you like, but things outside of your control (excluding the person you mentioned), do happen. A friend of mine was called into work on the day at short notice because of staff suckness and had to drive because of the nature of his work - it took him forever to get to South London. and meant what should have taken 3 to 4 hours took about 8 to complete adding in travelling time This is a huge populated area to be shut down for a length of time. I have in a past life been iinvolved in planning for events that shut down major road routes for a prolonged time and YOU need to be apprecitive of the fact that although lots of people (with a fair amount from outside the area) were watching the event, there is probably the same or larger amount of people who don't give a stuff and just see it as a PIA. The route does need to be reviewed or the start time made earlier bandit63
  • Score: 2

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