Like last week’s La Course, it’s a shorter than usual race – just 66km long – but this year the course goes beyond the traditional route around St James’ Park, taking in some of the most iconic London sites, including the Houses of Parliament, with Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square. I’m really interested in whether the two U-Turn hotdog corners will provide opportunities to attack. It’s 12 laps of this 5.5km circuit, so while it’s flat, a bunch sprint isn’t guaranteed. And it’s not just WorldTour points up for grabs – the prize pot is the biggest in women’s cycling, an incredible €100,00, same as the men get on Sunday.
The race starts at 5pm UK BST (18:00 Euro CEST; midday EDT; 2am Aussie AEST) and there are lots of options to watch. Rochelle Gilmore will be commentating for the BBC on BBC from 6pm, and their online coverage will be starting at 4:15pm BST on their red button for Connected TVs and their Cycling Portal too. I’ll be commentating with the legendary Hugh Porter for the international feed, which I think will be on the BBC feed. There’s also coverage. And it’ll also be on Eurosport 2 in the UK (and I think the Eurosport Player) from 5pm. If you need streams, have a look here, here and here once the race is on).
If you can’t watch, you can follow on twitter, via the #RideLondon and #UCIWWT hashtags, and the Ride London twitter – and I’ve got a list of accounts who might be updating here. I’ll be tweeting before and after the race too – hopefully course and rider photos and quotes.
The startlist is here, and the course info here. There’s more on the race website – and if you want videos from previous years, I’ve got some from 2015 in here, and 2014 in here. There are so many great things to do around the race, too – the FreeCycle has a fantastic course (of course I always wish the women got to race the same Olympic course as the men do on Sunday’s London-Surrey Classic, but if they can’t have that, I wish the Classique got that longer FreeCycle lap) and a huge festival of cycling in St James’ Park. If you’re in London and fancy a drink or coffee after the race, drop me a tweet 🙂