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RideLondon takes place from 27 to 29 May 2022. Find out more about the 100-mile ride!
Riders in the early morning sun as the start the RideLondon event

RideLondon-Essex 100

Saddle up for a brand new 100-mile ride!

RideLondon returns on Sunday 29 May 2022 with a new format, exciting new routes and a new partnership with Essex County Council. At the heart of this celebration of all things cycling is the RideLondon-Essex 100 challenge – a unique opportunity to ride 100 miles on traffic-free roads through the heart of London and neighbouring Essex.

  • Date: Sunday 29 May 2022
  • Start: Victoria Embankment, from 06:00 
  • Finish: Tower Bridge, from 10:00

The UK ballot for the 2022 RideLondon-Essex 100 closed at 17:00 on Thursday 20 January and those who entered will have received their ballot result by email on Tuesday 8 February. Successful UK ballot entrants must have paid for their place by 16:00 on Wednesday 9 March.

Event Guide

If you're joining us for the inaugural RideLondon-Essex 100 on Sunday 29 May 2022, you can now download our free Event Guide to find all the information you need about taking part!

The RideLondon-Essex 100 route

The iconic 100-mile distance is the longest challenge ride in the RideLondon programme. It has been part of RideLondon since it was first held in 2013, with the first seven editions starting and finishing in London with a loop of Surrey in between.

Our brand new route for 2022 will see participants set off from Victoria Embankment in central London and into Essex via the historic Epping Forest. Once in Essex, riders will glide past some of the county’s most picturesque towns and villages, including Ongar, Fyfield, the Rodings and Great Dunmow, before joining a section of the 2014 Stage Three Tour de France route.

That part of the course will guide riders through Felsted and around the county town of Chelmsford before heading through Writtle and back towards Ongar and central London. Once in central London, participants will then complete their ride to rapturous applause at Tower Bridge – a stunning Finish Line for the 100-mile challenge.

Check out the full route below! 

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To view and download the GPX file of the 100-mile route, please click here.

Start Area

The Start Area Entry Point for the RideLondon-Essex 100, 60, and 30 is in Parliament Square in Westminster and you must arrive here by one of the routes shown on the map below. You'll only be able to access the Start Line from the Start Area Entry Point, as no other routes will be open.

Now is the ideal time to start planning your journey to the Start Area Entry Point – we recommend cycling or using public transport where possible.

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What else is new for RideLondon 2022?

RideLondon will feature a number of family-friendly rides in addition to the 100-mile challenge on Sunday 29 May – again on traffic-free roads – which also take in some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks. Our 60-mile and 30-mile rides are ideal for those looking to experience the buzz of RideLondon while cycling a shorter distance!

Book your accommodation

If you've secured an entry in the RideLondon-Essex 100 but need somewhere to stay in central London for the event, look no further – Destination Sport, our official travel partner, is offering brilliant accommodation packages for 100-mile participants to make the logistics of their ride that bit easier. Click on the links below to find out more and book now.

Watch the world’s best cyclists 

In addition to the two-wheeled mass participation challenges, Essex will host stages one and two of a new three-day road race, the RideLondon Classique, which will be held from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 May 2022. It’s set to be an unmissable opportunity to see the elite peloton in action!

Brief history of RideLondon 

RideLondon was established by the Mayor of London in 2013 as a legacy event from the London 2012 Olympics, which saw Team GB dominate the medal table in cycling.  

After seven editions, RideLondon has grown to feature 100,000 riders of all ages and abilities enjoying a range of different mass participation challenges, along with road races contested by the world’s best professional riders, all broadcast live on the BBC. 

We couldn’t hold the event in 2020 or 2021 due to the pandemic – but even that didn’t stop us from raising funds and inspiring activity, as we launched My RideLondon: a virtual event that saw more than 10,000 people sign up for various challenges and help to save the UK’s charities by raising much-needed funds. 

While that was an awesome achievement for everyone involved, we’re delighted RideLondon is back on the road for 2022 with a fresh new look, routes and challenges – and can’t wait to see you there! 

Participant at Children with Cancer UK Swim Serpentine

Conquer the Classics

If riding 100 miles isn’t enough of a challenge, why not combine it with two of our other toughest events? Everyone who runs 26.2 miles at the TCS London Marathon, swims two miles at Swim Serpentine and completes the RideLondon-Essex 100 can apply for a coveted London Classics medal and earn a place in our Hall of Fame!