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Entries For RideLondon-Essex 100 2023 Open On 28th September

After a two-year break RideLondon’s 100-mile cycling event made a successful return this year with a new route that looped out into the Essex countryside rather than the Surrey Hills. With less elevation and wider roads used, it was more accessible than ever to beginner and intermediate cyclists, so no matter what your fitness level is now we recommend entering RideLondon-Essex 2023, which will take place on 28th May 2023.

You will be able to sign up for the event from Wednesday 28 September, when entries open for next year’s race, and it’s worth being one of the first 10,000 people to sign up because you’ll get a guaranteed place, rather than entering the ballot.

Riders in Essex at RideLondon-Essex 100 sportive

RideLondon (Image credit: Ben Queenborough for London Marathon Events)

If you don’t manage to grab one of the first-come, first-served places then you will enter the ballot for the remainder of the spots in the race, which had 25,000 participants in 2021. You have until 5pm on Friday 28th October to enter the ballot.

Even with the more accessible route, you might still feel that 100 miles is a tad far to cycle in one go, in which case keep an eye on the RideLondon-Essex website for when they announce the other events taking part during the weekend. In 2021 there were also 30 and 60-mile events, plus a short FreeCycle ride.

Finishers at RideLondon-Essex 100 2022

RideLondon (Image credit: Ian Roman for London Marathon Events)

We would encourage anyone to give the 100-mile event a try though. The distance might sound daunting but you have plenty of time to work through a 100-mile training plan, and RideLondon-Essex 100 is one of the best ones for beginners to tackle. The total elevation you climb is around 1100m, which sounds like a lot, but it’s broken up into lots of small climbs across the undulating route – and the wide roads used mean you have space to ride even with 25,000 cyclists.

There are also welfare stops along the route where you can stop to use the loo, grab a drink and a snack and even have your bike checked by a mechanic. In 2021 these stops didn’t count towards your time, so you can take a proper break and make sure you’re ready to carry on.

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