From iconic London landmarks to sweeping scenery and picture-perfect villages and towns, there’s plenty to feast your eyes on along the incredible route of the Ford RideLondon-Essex 100. Here's what’s in store and why this 100-mile ride is a must-do event in the UK cycling calendar.
The world’s greatest festival of cycling
In 2023 more than 20,000 riders took on the event, attracted by stunning city cycling, leafy Essex countryside and the chance to enjoy car-free roads for the day.
There’s no doubt that Britain’s biggest sportive delivers when it comes to the route. The rolling terrain is perfect for experienced and beginner cyclists alike, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy along the way.
Starting in central London, you’ll glide out from Victoria Embankment into the historic county of Essex via Epping Forest, through stunning rural towns and villages – including Epping, Ongar, Great Dunmow, Felsted and Writtle – before pedalling to a spectacular finish in central London.
1. Victoria Embankment (Start Line)
The Ford RideLondon-Essex 100 begins on Victoria Embankment, which runs alongside the River Thames from Westminster Bridge in the west to Blackfriars Bridge in the City of London. Enjoy your first pedal strokes as you head away from the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben towards the City.
2. Tower of London (Mile 2)
Just a few miles into the ride, make sure you look right to marvel at the Tower of London. This iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the country’s most evocative, ancient monuments and home to the Crown Jewels, legendary Yeoman Warders and the famous guardian ravens.
3. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (Mile 12)
After you’ve made your way through the East End neighbourhoods of Poplar, West Ham and Bow, you’ll brush past the home of the London 2012 Olympic Games and jaw-dropping Olympic venues such as the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and Velopark. You’ll also have the chance to ride along the A12 – usually closed to cyclists!