The organisers of the 2024 Ford RideLondon-Essex cycle ride are working to improve the event as the 100-day countdown begins.

This year's event takes place on Sunday, May 26, with participants taking on routes of 100, 60 and 30 miles on a scenic loop of Essex, starting and finishing in central London.

Cyclists will arrive in Essex via Epping Forest and ride through Ongar and Great Dunmow, before taking in part of the Tour de France route and passing through Felsted and Chelmsford.

A minor change has been made to a section of the route on the border of Essex and London because of a closed bridge on Broadmead Road, Woodford, which means the route will now pass through Chigwell and Buckhurst Hill.

Community access plans have been drawn up for key communities on the route, to minimise the impact of road closures on residents, organisations and businesses.

Organisers have undertaken a full review of the plans to enhance them for the 2024 event.

This is part of a wider engagement process with Essex County Council to help communities prepare for the event.

Communities can also get involved by creating fun days around the ride or providing a pit stop for riders to buy food and drink, helping raise funds for community causes or businesses.

In the coming weeks, all addresses with postcodes on the RideLondon-Essex route will receive a leaflet with information, including maps and road closure timings.

As well as the RideLondon-Essex, the Ford RideLondon Classique takes place over the same weekend as part of the UCI Women's World Tour, featuring elite female cyclists.


The Classique starts on Friday, May 24 with a stage between Saffron Walden and Colchester, the second stage on Saturday, May 25 starts and finishes in Maldon while the third stage takes place over a multi-lap circuit in central London on Sunday, May 26.

This year is the 10th edition of Ford RideLondon, and the third year the mass participation routes have gone through Essex before returning to the capital.

Since the first event in 2013, participants have raised more than £85 million for charity.