Cyclists lucky enough to have won a place in this year’s RideLondon-Surrey 100 are currently unable to confirm their entry because the online payment system is not working.
The news was confirmed in a tweet from the event organisers, who have been informing ballot entrants in recent days over whether or not their application for this year’s event had been successful.
— RideLondon (@RideLondon) February 13, 2017
The first successful applicants were informed last Tuesday, with the last due to have been notified today, although they will have to wait until tomorrow at the earliest to pay the entry fee.
This is the fifth year of the hugely popular event and as has happened each year since it was launched in 2013 as part of London’s Olympic legacy, demand far outstripped the more than 20,000 places available.
As ever that has generated some lively discussion on the road.cc forum, with some readers receiving the dreaded magazine telling them they have missed out for a fifth year in a row, while others have been successful on each occasion.
Some have suggested that it may be possible for at least some of those who keep missing out to game the system by putting on the entry form either a faster or slower time than they would actually expect to achieve.
The reasoning behind that has a certain logic, and is based on the thought that the expected completion times of all entrants would represent a bell-shaped curve, with the fastest riders at one end and the slowest at the other. Most, however – the average sportive rider – would be found in the middle.
The thinking goes that with the organisers needing to manage entries carefully to avoid logjams on the route, the closer someone’s expected finishing time is to the average, the more likely they are to be disappointed because there are more people competing for places available in that slot than there are for those who put down a faster or slower time.
Held this year on Sunday 30 July, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 will once again form part of a weekend that includes the family friendly Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle on closed roads in the heart of the capital, the Prudential RideLondon Classique featuring some of the world’s top female riders, and men’s elite event the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.