The weekend of the 15th-16th August would have marked the eighth edition of the Prudential RideLondon, but due to ongoing restrictions as a result of Covid-19 organisers have decided to launch the at-home My RideLondon event instead. As many of us have been honing our cycling skills in lockdown, there truly couldn’t be a better time to join in! 

The Prudential RideLondon is the world’s biggest festival of cycling and now there’s more of a chance than ever to be part of it! My RideLondon is an opportunity to take to the wheels of your choice, whether that be a bike, trike, wheelchair, scooter, or e-bike and complete a challenge in support of charities like us this summer. 

You can get involved for free regardless of your age, ability or location and it doesn’t matter whether you ride by yourself, with family or a small group of friends. As long as everyone is getting active, having fun and fundraising, that’s all that matters. 

Signing up for the event can be done quickly and easily via the My RideLondon website, where you will be able to choose from four different challenges. 

• My Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100: 100-mile cycle

• My Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46: 46-mile cycle

• My Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 19: 19-mile cycle

• My Prudential RideLondonFreeCycle: Set your own challenge (minimum distance 1km)

Once you’ve registered your interest, there will be the chance to set up your own Virgin Money Giving page, which you will be able to share with family, friends and colleagues in order to start fundraising for Horatio’s Garden. 

Equally, if you’d rather make a personal donation to the charity in recognition of your ride then that would be wonderful. It’s entirely up to you how you get involved in supporting us and anything you can give, or raise, will make a real difference. Please simply click here to donate.

Finally, don’t forget to download the My Prudential RideLondon app, which will automatically link to Strava and tell you how you’re getting on when you take on the challenge. It will register you as a participant and there will be the chance to see where you would have been on the iconic Prudential route, despite you having only cycled from your own front door. Of course, you can also track your cycle with your preferred app if you so wish. 

Whilst it’s a shame that we can’t all ride together this year, it’s brilliant that cycling enthusiasts across the UK will be able to celebrate the beloved sport on this dedicated weekend and provide vital support to Horatio’s Garden. 

So far we know of two people taking part, Richard and Charlotte Weight, who are a father and daughter team cycling 100 miles in memory of beloved wife and mother, Penny.

To read their story and donate to their JustGiving pages, please click here.

If you are taking part, we’d of course love to hear from you! Please share your stories and photos by emailing or simply tag @horatiosgarden and #MyPRL on social media to let us know you’ve taken part. 

Happy cycling!