This year's bad weather fails to put off those wishing to take part in RideLondon-Surrey challenge ride. Photo by www.sportivephoto.com

The weather may have been truly terrible for this year’s event, but that hasn’t stopped over 50,000 people registering for the 2015 edition of the RideLondon-Surrey 100 challenge ride, which takes place on Sunday August 2.

It took just 72 hours to hit the 50,000 mark after registration opened on Monday. The registration process will stop when the number hits 100,000. All those that have registered will then be entered into a ballot for the 35,000 places available on the ride. Successful applicants will be notified in February.

“After conditions that have been aptly described as biblical, we are delighted to see that the enthusiasm of Britain’s cyclists and would-be cyclists to participate in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 has not been dampened,” said event director Hugh Brasher.

“This fantastic response underlines the popularity of the world’s greatest festival of cycling.”

The ride starts in the London 2012 Olympic Games park, now renamed the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, before winding its way down south to the Surrey Hills and back to finish on The Mall in the capital, all on closed roads. This year’s event was shortened from 100 to 86 miles due to the weather, and was completed by around 20,000 riders.

Entry fees for successful UK applicants is £58, with overseas entrants charged £85.

For more details and online registration, visit the Prudential RideLondon Surrey website.