UCI Confirms New Calendar As Ride London Surrey Classic Withdraws

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UCI Confirms New Calendar As Ride London Surrey Classic Withdraws

The UCI has revealed its 2021 calendar with Ride London-Surrey Classic not included after organisers withdrew.

The women’s event, however, will go ahead on 30 May, as part of the women’s World Tour events.

The men’s Tour de France will take place a week earlier to accommodate the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics cycling.

The Tour will now begin on 26 June and finish on 18 July – five days before the Olympics, which has been delayed by a year following the coronavirus pandemic.

The Olympic cycling races will take place on 24, 25 and 28 July.

The men’s Tour of California has also withdrawn its application and will not run in 2021.

RideLondon 2020 was due to take place on 15 and 16 August but was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The festival, which raised £11.5m last year, usually features men’s and women’s professional one-day races as well as events for amateurs.

The virtual event, arranged on the same weekend, will enable riders to take part in events from 1km to 100 miles.

There is also a free cycle event that allows you to set your own challenge on the wheels of your choice, including skateboards, rollerskates, wheelchairs or anything that is self-propelled.

RideLondon event director Hugh Brasher said: “After the disappointment of the cancellation of Prudential RideLondon, we were determined to create something special for our riders, partners and the hundreds of charities that rely on the event for vital income.

“RideLondon is building on the success of the 2.6 Challenge – created following the postponement of the London Marathon – which became the biggest collective fundraising effort in the world involving nearly 4,000 charities.”

UCI Confirms New Calendar As Ride London Surrey Classic Withdraws

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