A record number of 86,001 cyclists have entered the ballot for a place in the 2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.
The ballot will be drawn later this month and the riders will learn whether they have won a place in the first week of February.
More than 25,000 riders are expected to participate in the third edition of the 100-mile sportive on Sunday 2 August, which begins at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and heads out through London to the testing hills of Surrey’s beautiful countryside before coming back to the capital for a spectacular finish on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.
The event has already set two UK records for charity fundraising in a one-day cycling event. In 2013, riders raised more than £7 million and in 2014, despite very challenging wet and windy weather, the riders raised more than £10 million for charity.
Prudential RideLondon is now acknowledged as the world’s greatest festival of cycling with 95,000 riders expected to participate in five events over the weekend of 1-2 August 2015.