Started in 2013 by then London Mayor Boris Johnson, RideLondon is the largest gran fondo style cycling event in the world with over 150,000 cyclists having crossed the finish line at Buckingham Palace.
However, the future of the iconic British event is in question as division between those who welcome a large-scale cycling event and those who think it is not worth the disruption has come to light.
After the 2019 event hosted 30,000 participants and raised £11.5 million for charity, an informal poll asked residents whether the event was worth the disruption it caused for the benefits it brings. 45% thought it was worth the disruption, while 55% said it was not.
Now, a consulting firm has been hired by local government to study the event’s impact and survey residents, businesses and participants before making recommendations on the future of the event beyond 2020.
The survey is available online here until February 16.
RideLondon 2020 is scheduled for August 16, offering 100-mile gran fondo, 46-mile medio fondo and 19-mile piccolo routes between London and Surrey.