Prudential RideLondon will continue to lead the way in addressing the gender gap in the professional peloton by making further improvements to the Classique, the professional women’s race that is part of the world’s greatest festival of cycling.
The Classique, which takes place this year on August 15, is already the richest women’s one-day race in the world with the prize pot exactly the same as the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, the professional men’s race which takes place the following day.
For 2020, Prudential RideLondon will further its support for the Classique by: Creating a brand-new, exciting and challenging city center circuit and ensuring financial parity off the road as well as on it by paying the women’s teams exactly the same participation fees as the male teams in the Classic
This is despite the Prudential RideLondon Classique being part of the UCI Pro Series rather than the UCI WorldTour in 2020. This decision was made by the UCI as the 2020 Prudential RideLondon was forced to move back in the calendar because of the Olympic Games which led to a date clash with the Ladies Tour of Norway.
The improvements to the event show the commitment to women’s cycling and creating #PedalParity will continue despite the Prudential RideLondon Classique missing out on the UCI WorldTour calendar in 2020
Prudential RideLondon Event Director Hugh Brasher said, “After we first heard about the UCI plans for 2020, we pledged that no matter the status of the race, we would continue to be committed to improving women’s cycling and we have shown this with these changes we are introducing for 2020.”
The Prudential RideLondon Classique course will again start and finish on The Mall but it has been extended to feature seven technical and testing laps of 12km. The riders will head out from The Mall and onto Victoria Embankment heading towards the City of London where they will pass iconic landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England before heading back to The Mall.
The race will feature 16 teams of six riders and UCI WorldTour teams will be racing. It will again be broadcast on the BBC in the UK and around the world. Last year, more than 500,000 viewers watched the race live on BBC2 in the UK.