Unlike the Olympic Games road races, watching both the Prudential RideLondon 100 sportive and Classic road race on Sunday, August 4, is completely free.
The race starts at 12.45pm from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, and is due to finish on The Mall just before 6pm.
Below are Cycling Weekly‘s top-six suggested viewing spots.
Leith Hill circuit
Surrey’s highest point will be tacked by riders once during the RideLondon 100 sportive and three times during the elite race. There are at least 12 roads onto the hill – for simplicity’s sake, thankfully only one will be climbed on Sunday. On a clear day, the gothic tower at the top of this National Trust site offers a panoramic view of London.
Long, wide climb with commanding views of the Surrey Hills from the top. Was not included on the Olympic Games road race route, but is crossed by North Downs Way, which could prove a handy way of gaining access to the route.
It will not be the focal point it was during the Olympic events, yet Surrey’s cycling hotspot has plenty to offer spectators, from its grassy, banked natural grandstands to the Alpe d’Huez-style hairpin bends.
One of the most atmospheric spots during the Olympic events, the peloton will pass through Kingston en route to the Surrey Hills and then again as they head towards The Mall.
The affluent, Thames-side suburb is where Alexandre Vinokourov and Rigoberto Uran successfully broke away from the lead group during the London 2012 race. Easily accessible by public transport and offers plenty of pubs within a short walk of the route.
Guaranteed to be extremely busy from Sunday morning, The Mall will give spectators the chance to celebrate with those who complete the 100-mile sportive as well as offering the best views of the final metres of the race, particularly since a bunch gallop is possible
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic route timing
Approximate timings for when the race will pass through certain locations. Timings based on an average speed of 27mph. Intermediate sprint points and King of the Mountains points noted.
Start: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 12.45pm
Hampton Court Palace (Sprint) 1.42pm
West Horsley 2.20pm
Newlands Corner (KOM) 2.30pm
Abinger Hammer 2.35pm
Holmbury St Mary 2.40pm
Forest Green 2.45pm
Leith Hill (first lap KOM) 3.04pm
Leith Hill (second lap KOM) 3.40pm
Leith Hill (third lap KOM) 4.18pm
Dorking (Sprint) 4.35pm
Box Hill (KOM) 4.40pm
Cobham (Sprint) 5.05pm
Finish: The Mall, 5.56pm
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