Essex 30
Sun 26 May 2024 London, UK

RideLondon | Essex 30

Ideal for those looking for their first mass participation bike ride. This special 30-mile ride on traffic-free roads passes through central London to Essex and is ideal for people of all abilities.

  • Sun 26 May 2024
Victoria Embankment, London > Tower Bridge, London

Essex 30



Age 16 & over

  • 30 miles road cycling


RideLondon has now enjoyed several annual editions and has grown into a record-breaking festival of cycling enjoyed by more than 460,000 participants, from beginners to the world’s best professionals.

The festival takes place over one day and each year inspires people from all backgrounds to take up cycling as part of their daily lives, including families and Londoners.

The spring date helps people engage with cycling early in the year, so they can maintain the momentum to cycle all year round.


  • world's greatest cycling festival

    Cyclists of all abilities can take in glorious landmarks of the capital on closed roads from the comfort of their saddles.

  • central London and Essex

    Seize this rare chance to enjoy traffic-free riding in the capital and out onto quiet countryside lanes.

  • beginners and Pro's

    Ride the short, medium or long sportive, spectate, or join the fun family FreeCycle.

2024 details are to be confirmed.

This event is part of RideLondon.

Event video

  • All fitness levels
  • Event expo
  • Families
  • Fancy dress
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators
  • Teams
  • Traders at event


  • 06:00-09:30 | RideLondon-Essex 30, 60 or 100 will start in waves between these times.
  • 10:00-15:00 | RideLondon FreeCycle route is open.
  • 10:00-16:00 | RideLondon FreeCycle Festival Zones are open.
  • 15:45-17:45 | RideLondon Classique pro women's race.

Free festival zones

Look out for the four free Festival Zones on the route at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Waterloo Place, Guildhall Yard and St Paul’s Churchyard and Paternoster Square. They’re the perfect places to stop to rest your legs and have some refreshments while enjoying the fun, free, family-friendly activities on offer to a soundtrack of live music and DJs.

The London Marathon Charitable Trust

RideLondon is organised by London Marathon Events (LME) Limited. All of the surplus generated by LME from RideLondon, the TCS London Marathon and other events organised by LME, is passed to the parent company, The London Marathon Charitable Trust, a registered charity.

The London Marathon Charitable Trust’s mission is to Inspire Activity by providing funding to initiatives that enable people to become and remain physically active regardless of age, gender and background, creating healthier and happier communities.

Since its founding in 1981, The Trust has given in excess of £95 million to more than 1,500 projects that Inspire Activity in London and across the UK.

RideLondon was held in London and Surrey between 2013 and 2019, with more than £4.3 million awarded to projects in Surrey that Inspire Activity.

As RideLondon is now partnering with Essex County Council, communities in Essex will soon be able to benefit from The London Marathon Charitable Trust funding.

  • Cafe
  • Entertainment
  • Music
  • Rural
  • Toilets
  • Urban

Event HQ

Victoria Embankment
Victoria Embankment
Greater London

The festivities of RideLondon offer so much to see and do, as part of this wonderful celebration of cycling. Why not make a weekend of it, and take some time to explore the delights of London. Visitors flock from all over the globe to sample the sights and sounds of the 'Big Smoke', with such a rich and vibrant culture, there truly is something to satisfy each and every visitor.

  • Cut off time
  • Distance markers
  • First aid
  • Food stations
  • Marshals
  • Out and back
  • Sweeper
  • Toilets
  • Traffic free
  • Undulating
  • Water stations
  • Wave start

The RideLondon-Essex 30 is a great fit for those who are new to cycling and looking to conquer their first entry-level challenge.

Like both the 100-mile and 60-mile rides, the RideLondon-Essex 30 set off from Victoria Embankment in central London before heading north-east. Riders then cruised up to Woodford, close to the Essex border, where they turned around for the return to central London and a spectacular finish at Tower Bridge.

The finish line is on the north side of the bridge. You will then be directed over the bridge and right onto Tooley Street towards the south side of London Bridge.

RideLondon-Essex 30 route map
From central London north-east to the Essex border and back to a central London finish.

Access to the Start will be via Parliament Square.

There’ll be mile markers at approximately every five miles along the route and toilets will be near them.

All riders in the RideLondon-Essex 30, 60 and 100 events have eight-and-a-half hours to complete the ride from the departure of the last start wave.

Cut-off points are in place which means you need to reach the following points at the time specified in the guide:

  • Woodford Green at mile 18
  • The finish line


  • Bring your own cup
  • Public transport links

  • Event app
  • GPS tracking
  • Medal
  • Training plan

Souvenir photos

Photographers from Sportograf will be positioned along the course to take photos of you in action. These can be downloaded for just Β£10.

  • Age 16 & over
  • Entries open
  • Enter online

16 and 17 year olds must ride with an adult aged 18 or over.

You are able to register your interest in a 2024 place.

Entry fees

Entry fee


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Age 18 & over

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Essex 60



Age 16 & over

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Age 1 & over

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