A few weeks ago those lucky enough to have received a place on the Prudential RideLondon 100 will have had their confirmation delivered in the post and those unlucky will have had their commiseratory magazine delivered.
If you were one of the unlucky ones, you might be wondering what event to tackle in place of the RideLondon 100. Fear not, although the RideLondon is one of the flagship events in the UK sportive calendar, there are other premium events taking place that are worth your consideration.
Tour of Yorkshire
Date: 1 – 3 May 2015
The Tour of Yorkshire is a three day professional race, set up as a legacy for the Yorkshire Grand Depart for the Tour de France last year. As well as the professional race, there will be a mass participation sportive on the same route for those who wish to relive the Tour de France. There might not be quite the crowds as last year, but it should still prove to be a cracking weekend of racing and riding and a great RideLondon 100 alternative.
Tour of Cambridgeshire
Date: 6 – 7 June 2015
The Tour of Cambridgeshire is a closed road, gran fondo style sportive. Although we often mention that sportives are not races, as this is a gran fondo, it actually follows a more European style, where at the very front of the sportive, it practically is a race. There is even prize money for the fastest finishing man and women.
It is the UK’s first ever qualifying event for the UCI World Cycling Tour, the amateur road world championships. If you want to test your legs against the best amateur riders in the UK, this might be the event for you.
Riding through the pretty Cambridgeshire countryside on closed roads should make a great RideLondon 100 alternative, even if you don’t plan to race the fast boys and girls at the front.
RideLondon 100 Charity Places
If you are really set on riding the RideLondon 100 but didn’t get a place, you can still ride the event if you agree to raise money for one of the many charities who have partnered with the event.
There are big and small charities to pick from. Surely there will be a cause close to your heart. Even if you have no personal connection to a charity, any will be glad of the additional funding you raise for them.
Usually the charities require a pledge of around £500 but this varies by charity. You would have until the summer to raise the funds.