Olympic cycling legacy

MQT on 2012-09-19
Session date: 
September 19, 2012
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


On 26 January 2012 you announced a 'world class cycling festival' where 35,000 cyclists would be able to take part in a cycling event. On August 10 2012 you announced a 'world class cycling festival' that 20,000 cyclists could take part in. Please explain why you announced this event twice and why the number of participants has been reduced?


Answer for Olympic cycling legacy

Answer for Olympic cycling legacy

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In January, the World Class Cycling Legacy Event announcement was designed primarily to launch the search for a delivery partner to turn the concept into reality and to undertake the ongoing commercial management of the event. Included in this announcement were provisional details of the proposed event, including one element that it was estimated would involve 35,000 amateur cyclists taking part in a 100 mile event.

Subsequently, after a rigorous procurement process conducted by TfL to recruit a delivery partner, on 10th August, I made public further details of the event:

a) Confirming the preferred delivery partner - the London Surrey Cycling Partnership (LSCP). b) The event brand (RideLondon) and its constituent parts: RideLondon FreeCycle; RideLondon Grand Prix; RideLondon Classic; and RideLondon 100. c) How to register for the event, including signing up to be one of the 20,000 participants in the RideLondon 100.

To clarify why the number of entrants to the RideLondon 100 have changed, although the route identified will be able to safely accommodate 35,000 riders in due course, following consultation with key stakeholders, LSCP have proposed to restrict entry for the first event in 2013 to ensure it is delivered safely and successfully. This approach will allow the stakeholders involved (including TfL, London & Partners, the London Boroughs, Surrey County Council, Royal Parks, Emergency Services, and the Train Operating Companies) the opportunity to test the resilience of the RideLondon 100 event plans well within the route capacity. The intention is to increase the number of riders participating in the RideLondon 100 every year, to safely reach the maximum number of 35,000 participants by 2017.

Further details for all of the weekend's activities can be found at www.ridelondon.co.uk.