You could be one of 20,000 cyclists taking on the famous Box Hill as part of this stunning cycle challenge.

2 Aug 2015 | London and Surrey

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100

When: 2 August 2015

Where: London and Surrey

Distance: 100 miles

Sponsorship target: £575

Charity place registration for RideLondon-Surrey 100 has now closed. If you have your own ballot place and would like to ride for WaterAid please register here.

RideLondon-Surrey 100 is the capital’s biggest cycling event, with over 25,000 cyclists all taking on this celebrated 100 mile route. Starting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, riders enjoy an exclusive traffic free route out to Surrey’s beautiful countryside, take on the famous Box Hill and Leith Hill, before heading back into London to finish on The Mall!

On Sunday 10 August 2014 we had a fantastic team of 120 cyclists take part in Prudential RideLondon-Surrey for WaterAid.

It was an amazing day – our riders battled torrential rain, thunder and lightning and flooding, which made it an even more challenging ride. Luckily, the sun shone for a few hours which lifted everyone’s spirits and our teams of staff and volunteers cheered them on to reach The Mall and sprint towards the finishing line.

Check out some of our photos from the day - visit our Facebook.


Consider booking in for a ‘sportive’ during July, a shorter organised ride covering between 50 and 100km will help give you the confidence of riding around other cyclists and also leave you feeling energised for the big day itself.

Ride the route

If you live in or around the South East consider planning in one of your longer rides to take in bits of the course itself particularly around the Surrey Hills. When the big day comes you’ll drawn a lot of confidence knowing you have tackled some of the harder chunks of the route before.

Find your threshold

In addition to your weekly long ride there is huge value in include a ‘threshold session’ during the week including blocks of riding at a 3-4 word answer effort or a ‘controlled discomfort’. A good example would be to go out for a 45-60 minute ride and include 3 x 10 minutes or 4 x 8 minutes of these strong but controlled efforts taking 3-4 minutes of easy riding to recover between each block. You’ll find your find your fitness improving quickly and these sessions will help your long weekend rides feel easier.

The ‘Other 22 hours’

Now the training is building up make sure that you are keeping an equal focus on your rest, stretching and nutrition. Aim for 8 hours sleep a night and make sure that you snack on well even on non-training days.

Give me strength

Consider a regular strength and core session once or twice a week focusing on cycling specific exercises such as single leg squats and core work – more can be found in WaterAid’s cycling guide.

From the minute you sign up to run for us, we are on hand to offer you advice and support including: 
  • A personalized WaterAid cycling jersey or t-shirt
  • A fundraising pack to help you meet your targets
  • A training programme and expert training tips for all levels
  • ‘Ask the trainer’ Facebook sessions
  • Email support from our training partners 
  • Fundraising and event resources including balloons, collecting tins and banners
  • Regular newsletters and emails to keep you updated
  • An amazing post-race reception on event day
  • The loudest cheer points on the course
  • Support and advice from a dedicated member of the WaterAid events team

Above all, we love hearing from you! If you have a question or just want to chat about your training, get in touch.

Sponsorship details
How to send sponsorship in 

If you've set up a fundraising webpage, the monies donated on-line should be transferred to WaterAid automatically. However, if you've raised money off-line, here is how to get it sent to us: 

It is more efficient and cost effective for us to process sponsorship in batches, which saves funds that can instead be used to help some of the world's poorest people gain access to safe water and sanitation. We therefore ask that you collect as much sponsorship as possible before sending it to:

The Events team
47- 49 Durham Street
London SE11 5JD

Please remember to include the following information when sending in your sponsorship:
  • Your name 
  • What the sponsorship is for  
  • Sponsor form with names/addresses of the sponsors and whether they would like to apply Gift Aid 
We strongly recommend that you send your sponsorship via recorded delivery so that you can track and hopefully retrieve your envelope if it goes missing. Sponsorship does go missing in the post from time to time, and it's hugely disappointing for both cyclists and the charity, so recorded delivery is always worth the extra effort.