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RideLondon 2025

May 25, 2025

ridelondon cycling event
Last Updated June 3, 2024

RideLondon 2025 is an annual amateur cycling event that takes place in London, United Kingdom. It is organized by London Marathon Events and offers a unique opportunity to cycle on closed roads in the heart of London, as well as experience the surrounding countryside. RideLondon was first held in 2013, and since then, it has become one of the most popular cycling events in the world. The event was inspired by the London 2012 Olympic Games cycling road race. The event was created to encourage more people to take up cycling and to promote London as a cycling-friendly city. It is a cycling celebration that attracts thousands of participants from around the world. Strambecco rates the event as one of the Best Cycling Events in the UK.

Below you will find information on course details, lodging, dining, and other outdoor activities to do while in town for RideLondon 2025.

Event & Course Info

The RideLondon event offers three route options for participants of varying abilities: the 100-mile route, the 60-mile route, the 30-mile route, and the FreeCycle route.  The Ford RideLondon-Essex 100 takes riders past the Olympic Park and through the London boroughs of Westminster, the City of London, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney, Waltham Forest, and Redbridge before heading into Essex via Epping Forest. Riders then glide through some of the county's most picturesque towns, villages, and countryside before returning to the capital and finishing at Tower Bridge. Organizers provide recommended training plans to help participants prepare for a memorable cycling event.

Also taking place is the RideLondon Classique - UCI Women’s WorldTour road race - which has been a key part of RideLondon since the festival launched in 2013 and was added to the UCI Women's WorldTour calendar in 2016. The Classique features the world's greatest teams and riders and is an exciting complement to the broader RideLondon event.

Overall, the event is a large celebration of cycling and community spirit. It attracts participants of all abilities, from experienced cyclists to complete novices. The event's friendly and inclusive atmosphere helps to create a sense of camaraderie and community among participants.  Since its inception, the RideLondon event has raised millions of pounds for charity and helped to promote cycling as a fun, healthy, and sustainable mode of transport. The 2023 Charity of the Year is the Alzheimer's Society and the race will help fuel further dementia research and support of the deadly disease.

The dedicated athletes who complete all three of the London Classics - the London Marathon, the RideLondon 100 and the two-mile event at Swim Serpentine - receive an engraved medal and are entered into the Hall of Fame.

Area Accommodations & Things to Do

Where to Stay in London

London offers a diverse range of accommodation options, from luxurious five-star hotels and charming boutique properties to budget-friendly hostels and vacation rentals. Additionally, travellers can find unique stays like historic inns and contemporary serviced apartments scattered across the city's many neighbourhoods. We'd recommend checking out the variety of cycle-friendly hotels in London, while if you prefer a more home-like experience, there are plenty of vacation rental options in the metro area. Those who will be caravanning for the event can check out the campgrounds located right downtown.

Dining in London

London's culinary scene is a vibrant tapestry of global flavours, showcasing a mix of traditional British pubs, cutting-edge restaurants led by world-renowned chefs, and street food markets offering dishes from around the world. The city is also celebrated for its international culinary diversity, including acclaimed Indian, Italian, and Middle Eastern eateries. Check out Eater's list of essential London restaurants and their recommendations by neighbourhood.

Outdoor Activities Around London

As the vibrant city of London blooms in late May, it becomes a playground for outdoor enthusiasts looking to combine athletic pursuits with urban exploration. Start your adventure on the iconic River Thames - paddling in a kayak or on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) offers a unique perspective of the city. Several companies along the river offer rentals and guided tours, providing safe and enjoyable experiences for both beginners and experienced paddlers. Glide past famous landmarks like the Houses of Parliament and the Tower Bridge, all while getting a solid workout.

For those who prefer solid ground, Richmond Park provides a splendid escape with its expansive landscapes and wild deer. It's London's largest site of special scientific interest and a European special area of conservation. The park boasts a network of trails perfect for running, with routes varying in length and difficulty. The scenic views and diverse wildlife create a refreshing backdrop for a morning jog or a more challenging trail run.

If you're looking to test your strength and agility, The Arch Climbing Wall offers an exceptional bouldering experience. Located in several locations across London, including areas close to central London like Bermondsey, The Arch provides indoor and outdoor climbing challenges that cater to all levels. Climbers can spend hours navigating through various problems, honing their skills, and building strength.

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