There are lots of great viewing places along the route of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 to choose from.
The following information will help you get the most out of what promises to be a truly amazing day of cycling.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
If you have friends or family taking part in the sportive, we strongly recommend you do not accompany them to the Start at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Access to the Start Area will be tough for spectators as public transport will be limited at that time in the morning, there will be extensive road closures in place and parking will be extremely difficult.
Piccadilly to Hammersmith
Riders will turn off the Embankment and head through Trafalgar Square, along Pall Mall and up St James’s Street before turning left onto Piccadilly for a five-mile section along the A4.
There are plenty of London Underground stations to transport you to the heart of the action. The following Piccadilly Line stations will put spectators within a five-minute walk of the route along the A4:
- Green Park
- Hyde Park Corner
- South Kensington
- Gloucester Road
- Earls Court
- Barons Court
West Kensington Station on the District Line is also right next to the A4.
Chiswick to Mortlake
At mile 17, riders will turn south off the A4 at Hogarth roundabout and onto the A316 to cross the Thames at Chiswick Bridge before completing a short spell on the A205, turning up East Sheen Lane and into Richmond Park via Sheen Gate.
Spectators should head to Mortlake station to get to this section of the sportive on public transport.
The closest stations to this part of the route are Richmond Underground station on the District line and Richmond National Rail station.
If you are planning to walk from the station up the hill into Richmond Park, you should plan for the walk to take around 30 minutes.
Kingston Upon Thames
The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 passes through Kingston twice – at roughly 25 miles and 85 miles – so spectators will have two opportunities to cheer on riders and enjoy the street festival taking place in the town.
Kingston, Norbiton and Hampton Wick stations are a short walk from the sportive route.
Hampton Court Palace
After crossing Kingston Bridge, the route continues along the A308 to Hampton Court Palace. Spectators can get to this stage of the sportive by heading to Hampton Court railway station.
There are very few public transport options along this section of the route beyond Hampton Court railway station, but Walton-on-Thames would be a great place to catch the action.
Weybridge and West Byfleet
With its quality restaurants, cafes and shopping, Weybridge – accessible via Weybridge station – is a perfect place to watch the sportive.
Further along the route, there are festivals in both West Byfleet and Pyrford, offering spectators the opportunity to take in the action on big screens while they enjoy local food stalls, live bands and lots of other entertainment.
Newlands Corner and Abinger Hammer
Newlands Corner offers some of the best views of the Surrey Hills, but it will, unfortunately, be difficult to access on the day because of the necessary road closures around the route. If you are prepared to walk up to this beautiful spot though, you will be rewarded.
Alternatively, the area of Abinger Hammer and Gomshall is a great option if you’re looking to catch the action away from central London. Gomshall station has a limited service on the day of the sportive – visit www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk for up-to-date travel details.
Leith Hill and Dorking
The big climb up Leith Hill is a tough part of the sportive but is a great spot for spectators to support riders from. The route then hits Guildford Road, at which point it turns east to Westcott and the 63-mile point before continuing eastwards towards the town of Dorking.
Dorking – a perfect balance of town and country – will be a great place to watch the action and offers plenty to keep spectators entertained.
Box Hill and Leatherhead
After the summit of Box Hill, the sportive takes a left turn to Headley and on to Leatherhead, where the third Hub for riders will be based at the Swan Shopping Centre at the 75-mile mark.
Oxshott and Esher
Oxshott is easily accessible by train, and there are several pubs in the village. The route then continues on to Esher, which marks the journey back into London. Thames Ditton and Surbiton stations are both well within walking distance of this stage of the route.
After passing through Kingston for the second time, riders will reach the 90-mile mark in Wimbledon, which offers an ideal vantage point to watch the day’s events; the station is well connected and the Love Wimbledon Street Party is sure to be a treat.
Putney is a great place for spectators; well connected, with East Putney Underground and Putney rail station, it is also the point where the route crosses the Thames for the last time before heading into Chelsea.
While the final mile will see riders head past the Houses of Parliament, through Trafalgar Square and under Admiralty Arch on the way to the iconic finish on The Mall, spectators should be aware that this area is likely to be particularly crowded.
Spectators can meet up with friends and family who took part in the sportive at the Meet and Greet Area in Green Park. The trees in this part of the park will be marked with letters of the alphabet so you can arrange to meet at your family initial or at another pre-arranged letter.
This area will be busy but do NOT be tempted to congregate around the exits from the secure area closer to the Finish Line. This causes enormous congestion and health and safety issues for the crowds in this area.
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