This summer, some of the best cyclists in the world will converge on the streets of London to take part in a one-day bike race like no other.
The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic is a 183km route where 150 of the world’s top professional cyclists compete for the biggest prize money of any one-day classic in the world. The race is a variation on the London 2012 Olympic Road Cycling Race route and has UCI WorldTour status. It will also be televised live on BBC Sport.
Continental Tires is proud to be the official sponsor of the King of the Mountains and Sprints competitions in the 2018 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday 29th July. The race will feature five punishing climbs and five sprints in each classification, with special prizes for the most talented riders on the day.
“Continental Tires is the perfect partner for the King of the Mountains and Sprint classifications in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic,” says Hugh Brasher, Event Director for Prudential RideLondon.
In addition, Continental Tires is also presenting the Sprints competition in the Prudential RideLondon Classique, which also has UCI World Tour status and is the richest women’s one-day race in professional cycling. The 2018 race takes place on Saturday 28th July.
The involvement of Continental Tires goes even further. The company is also the official safety partner of Prudentual RideLondon, with interactive exhibitions at Festival Zones during Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle, mechanical support services to the riders in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 sportive, and exhibiting the newest innovations in tire and rubber technology at the Prudential RideLondon Cycling Show at ExCeL from 26th - 28th July.
The professional cyclists will depart from Horse Guards Parade, St James’s Park in central London. Leaving behind the legendary landmarks of Whitehall and Buckingham Palace, they’ll be rolling through south-west London towards the lush greenery of Richmond Park, where the first Continental Tires Sprint challenge awaits. The route then continues through the middle of Kingston upon Thames, before crossing the River Thames at Hampton Court Bridge and into Surrey.
Next, the riders zip through Walton-on-Thames, Weybridge and Ripley before reaching the first uphill climb at Staple Lane. This will be the first Continental King of the Mountains challenge the riders will face; the reward at the summit will be a spectacular view of the Surrey countryside.
Now in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the riders progress towards the hilly circuits located in Dorking that will make up 50 miles of the action. After Abinger Hammer and Westcott, the riders will battle it out in the first of three Sprint opportunities on Dorking High Street.
Then the group will veer south to Coldharbour; awaiting them is Leith Hill, the second in the King of the Mountains series and also the highest. Once riders have conquered this epic peak, they’ll wind back through Dorking for a second Sprint, before tackling a pair of circuits through Westhumble to Ranmore Common – the latter representing climbs 3 and 4 in the King of the Mountains contest.
Afterwards, it’s a third Sprint through Dorking and then the fifth and final King of the Mountains on the zig-zag roads of Box Hill. With only 32 miles remaining, the cyclists return to London via Leatherhead, Oxshott and Esher.
Entering London via Kingston upon Thames, the closing stages of the race bring the competitors through Raynes Park and Wimbledon. There’ll be a final chance to win points in a Sprint at Wimbledon Village, then it’s on to Putney Bridge over the River Thames. The race then stretches along the banks of the Thames through to Chelsea and Westminster, with one last push up The Mall towards Buckingham Palace and the cheering fans at the finish line.
The Continental Tires King of the Mountains challenge is a series of specially chosen climbs within the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic; points are won by the first six cyclists to reach the peak of each climb.
There are five chances to win points in the Continental Tires King of the Mountains. In 2018, these are located as follows: one climb at Staple Lane, one at Leith Hill, two ascents of Ranmore Common, and a final climb at Box Hill.
Prize money is awarded to the four cyclists with the most points after all five climbs. The title of Continental Tires King of the Mountains – and the most prize money – is given to the cyclist with the most points overall.
The Continental Tires Sprints competition is a series of designated sprints within the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic; points are won by the first four cyclists who pass each sprint line.
There are five chances to win points in the Continental Tires Sprints competition. In 2018, there will be a sprint line passing through Hampton Court in Richmond park, then a sprint line on Dorking High Street, where the cyclists will pass through this section of the route three times. The fifth and final sprint line is located in Wimbledon Village.
Prize money is awarded to the three cyclists with the most points after all five sprints. The title of Continental Tires Sprint champion – and the most prize money - goes to the cyclist with the most points overall.