FAQs about Ride Around London

 If you have any further questions please email us at ridelondon@accesssport.co.uk

Are there still places for Ride Around London available?

Places are still available for Ride Around London 2012 but to avoid disappointment book your place soon! If you would like to register but you are unable to do so through the website please contact ridelondon@accesssport.co.uk or call 020 7993 9883.

What support will there be at Ride Around London?

There will be lots of support on the day!

There will be 3 support stations along the 115 mile route and 2 along the ½ route at approximately 30 mile intervals. These will provide toilet facilities, food and drink, mechanical maintenance and first aid support. Mechanical support will also be available at the start and finish and every rider will receive lunch at the end of the ride. We recommend riders bring additional food and drinks and do not rely solely on the food and drinks provided. There will be a broom wagon that will pick up any riders who may not be able to complete the ride.
Support Stations are located at Box Hill National Trust Visitor Centre, Alexandra Gardens in Windsor and Chipperfield Small Hall.

How old do I have to be to enter?

If you are under the age of 18 you will need a consent form filled out by your parent or guardian.

There are no restrictions on adults 18 or over to participate. All participants under the age of 18 are welcome to enter either of the Ride Around London rides but must have returned a consent form completed by their parent or guardian. Riders 16 or under will also need a parent or guardian present when they are registering on the day of the event,
Parental consent forms are available from the Lucy Brooks at ridelondon@accesssport.co.uk or they can be downloaded from the website.

Can I cancel my place in Ride Around London or transfer it to another rider?

You cannot cancel it but you can transfer it.
Unfortunately we cannot give a refund for your place as the terms and conditions state it is non-refundable, however, if you have found a rider to replace you please contact us via email at ridelondon@accesssport.co.uk so we can amend details.

Is the event going to be timed?

You will be provided with timing chips.
Riders will be supplied with disposable timing chips at the start (to be returned at the finish).  However, please note that this event is not a race and will be completed on open roads amongst other traffic so riders must remain diligent at all times and be courteous to other road users.

How do I get to the Start?

115 mile Event Start Address:
Herne Hill Stadium,
Burbage Road,
SE24 9HE

The entrance to Herne Hill Stadium is between houses 102 & 106 Burbage Road, which is south of the A2214 and north of the junction with Turney Road.  It is close to both Herne Hill & North Dulwich railway stations & the A205 South Circular Road.  Pleas note that only limited on road parking is available at this venue in addition to local pay car parks.

1/2 Route Event Start
Alexandra Gardens
Windsor and Maidenhead


If you are going to the Windsor start point from central London, there are regular trains that go directly from London Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside Railway Station which is an 11 minute walk from the start.

Ample parking is available in the Pay and Display car parks at Alexandra Gardens and in the local proximity.


There is FREE parking available at the finish line at Lee Valley Athletic Club.

We recommend that if you are planning on using public transport to travel to and from the event that you plan your journey in advance and check www.nationalrail.co.uk for service updates and delays.

Where can I park?

There are a couple of parking options please read details carefully.

Herne Hill Velodrome (115 mile start)
Limited parking is available at the Velodrome itself, in the area around the Herne Hill Velodrome there is some on road parking but again it is limited.


Alexandra Gardens, Windsor (1/2 Route start)
There is ample car parking available at Alexandra Gardens and is council operated so you will need to bring some change to park.  Daily charges apply between 9am and 7pm Monday-Sunday pricing below is for the main car park for Alexandra Gardens however additional parking is available nearby if required.
Length of Stay Charge

Daily charges between 09.00hrs - 19.00hrs

Up to 1 hour       £1.00

1 to 2 Hours        £2.00

2 to 3 Hours        £3.00

3 to 4 Hours        £4.00

4 to 5 Hours        £5.00

Over 5 Hours      £6.00


Lee Valley Athletic Club - The Finish Line

There is plenty of FREE parking at the Lee Valley Athletic Club. There will also be food stalls, a bar and some activities taking place there, so ideally a friend or family member could drop you at the start line and then meet you at the end!

How do I do I get home afterwards?
There will be transport going from the finish line back to the starting points throughout the afternoon.

Alternatively we recommend that you bring friends and family to support you who can drop you off at the start and meet you at the finish where they can enjoy the food, drinks and various activities.

If you plan on using public transport to return to either the Herne Hill Velodrome or Alexandra Gardens, the closest train station to Lee Valley is Ponders End, it is only a 4 minute cycle ride away, so please check out www.nationalrail.co.uk and http://www.tfl.gov.uk/ for details on this.


To go back into central London there is a direct train service that goes from Edmonton Green station to Liverpool Street station. Edmonton Green station is only a 10 minute cycle from the finish point and the train takes 20 minutes.

You can also travel to Liverpool Street station from Ponders End station however this involves a change at Tottenham Hale station and the journey takes roughly 35 minutes.

We recommend that if you are planning on using public transport to travel to and from the event that you plan your journey in advance and check www.nationalrail.co.uk and http://www.tfl.gov.uk/ for service updates and delays on the

What equipment will I need?
We recommend you come equipped with certain things although there will also be mechanical assistance available on the day.

To participate in Ride Around London we require you to wear a cycling helmet at all times. 
Please ensure your bike is in perfect working order and that you have the tools and spares that you may require to fix any minor problems.  We recommend that you bring with you the following tools and equipment, a limited amount of spares will be available to purchase at the support stations from Chain Reaction Cycles:
• Tyre pump
• Spare inner tubes – recommend you take 2
• Bicycle puncture repair kit (in case you run out of spare inner tubes)
• Chain tool and spare links
• Allen keys – a range of sizes of a multi-tool
• Tyre Levers – minimum 2
• CO2 inflator and spare canister

The weather in England is often unpredictable so please make sure that you come prepared for your ride including wet weather gear and/or sun cream if required.  We also recommend that you take a small amount of cash with you in case of emergencies.

What bike should I ride?
We recommend you ride a road bike.

We recommend that for the Ride Around London 115 mile and 1/2 Route events that you ride a road bike as big chunky tyres like those found on mountain bikes will slow you down and you will need to average at least 12mph to participate and will need to arrive at the finish before 18:30pm

Can I enter on the day?
If the event is not already fully subscribed you will be able to enter on the day with CASH ONLY.  We recommend that you book your place early to avoid disappointment.  Online Registration will close 3 days before the event. 
On the day entry to the 115 mile and 1/2 mile events will be cash only and will cost £35.

Do I have to register on the day myself or can a friend or family member register for me?

You have to register for yourself on the day.


Registration will be open between 07:00 and 08:30 for the 115mile event at Herne Hill Stadium and between 09:30 and 10:45 at Alexandra Gardens for the 1/2 Route event.  Riders aged under 16 will require a Parent/Guardian with them to the sign on and rider under 18 will require a signed copy of the British Cycling Consent form available to download from the British Cycling Website by clicking here.
Will it be a mass start?

• 115 mile event riders will be started in groups between 07:15 and 08:30 (recommend aim between 0700-0800)
• 1/2 route event riders will be started in groups between 09:30 and 10:45

All riders will need to finish, at the very latest by 18:30pm so please take this into consideration when choosing your start time.
A broom waggon will be tailing the last of the 115 mile and 1/2 route riders to return them to the finish if necessary. 

Do I need to bring a map?

It is advised.

There will be full signage throughout the ride however we recommend you carry one in the event you get lost or signs become tampered with. Maps are available by clicking on 'event route' on the left hand menu.

Can we get a map of the routes before the event?


Event routes are available to view from the 'event route' option on the left hand menu.  The published courses will still be subject to change on the day due circumstances out of our control.  However comprehensive signage will be observed along the entire route with ample marshal coverage and all riders must attend a rider briefing before setting off.  A GPX version of the route is also available to download.


What if I cannot finish the event?

There will be a broom wagon.

The broom wago will tail the last of the 115 mile and 1/2 route riders to ensure safety and collect riders who are unable to complete the event within the allotted time (18:30pm).  If you are unable to complete the event for any reason call the emergency number on the card provided and you will be provided with guidance and assistance.
All riders must complete their rides before 18:30.

What does the entry fee include?

The entry fee covers everything you will need on the day. The entry fee covers each rider’s British Cycling insurance, full event support including chip timing, mechanical assistance, medical cover and refreshments.  Each rider will also receive a goody bag provided by 2012 event sponsor Chain Reaction Cycles.

Is fundraising compulsory?

No, but it is encouraged!

As a fundraising event we have suggested a target of £75 for entrants. 100% of the proceeds and funds raised through Ride Around London will go directly to Access Sport and contribute to the vital work that we do in transforming lives through sport.  Fundraising targets are only suggested and are not compulsory however;
£10 helps one child become a member of a club
£50 provides team kit for 2 young people
£200 buys a bike and helmet for a cycling or BMX club
£250 helps create and train one more community coach
£2,000 helps support one club for a year
£25,000+ pays for one new BMX track

Ride Around London sponsor Brompton have kindly donated a prize for the highest fundraiser. The rider who raises the more funds will win a Brompton foldable Bike.

Please can you ensure that all fundraising and donations reach us by Friday 16th November.

Can I rent a bike on the day?

We will Not be renting bikes on the day.

We suggest that you get your own bike for Ride Around London, if you have to rent a bike we would recommend doing it as far in advance as possible to ensure you get a suitable bike for the ride.

Can I bring a child in a bicycle child seat or use a trailer bike on the ride?


Unfortunately we cannot allow the carridge of small children or pets on either of the routes. This is for the health and safety of you and other riders.

Can I take my dog(s) alongside me on the ride?

We do not allow riders in any of our events to be accompanied by their pet dogs due to potential danger risk of accidents involving cyclists, pedestrians or vehicles.


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