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RideLondon 100 Registrations Close on Friday 4th January

by Adam Tranter

Registrations to the ballot of the RideLondon 100, part of the inaugural RideLondon event, will close this Friday [4th January 2013]. It's suggested that applications to ride the event have surpassed 50,000; with only 20,000 able to actually take part on the day.

The RideLondon event, which takes place for the first time on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August 2013 will see thousands of novice, recreational and racing cyclists ride on the closed roads of central London and beyond in one of the most high profile of legacy events.

During the weekend, there will be four individual events, with two open to the general public. The RideLondon Grand Prix and RideLondon Classic will showcase the best in professional cycling to a mass and televised audience. The RideLondon Freecycle replaces the Mayor of London's SkyRide and the RideLondon 100 will be one of the most eagerly anticipated sportives of the year.

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Riders of RideLondon will get their own slice of Olympic experience. Image:  (www.britishcycling.org.uk)

The 100-mile closed road cyclosportive will mimic most of the 2012 Olympic Road Race course in an event backed by the Mayor's Office and Transport for London. For many, it will be the ideal opportunity to get their own slice of Olympic experience.

The cost to enter the RideLondon 100 is £48. Entrants sign up to the ballot and choose either to pay nothing up front and then the full fee if they are successful in February, or pay £48 up front and donate their entry fee to the London Marathon Charitable Trust if they are unsuccessful. In doing this, they'll receive a RideLondon jersey in return, and be added into further ballots if further places are available. If they are successful, the £48 pays for their entry and they still receive their free jersey. Got it?

It's a complicated entry structure, but one that has handled the demand of places for the London Marathon in previous years.

Of course, any rider wanting to guarantee a place in RideLondon 100 can apply to one of the charities, who have pre-bought places; these charities are listed on the RideLondon website.

Entries to the ballot have recently surpassed 50,000, organiser SweetSpot's Mick Bennett said on Twitter. With interested riders having until Friday 4th January 2013 to get their registrations in.

For more information on RideLondon 100, please see: http://www.ridelondon.co.uk/Events/100.htm