After a turbulent 2022 race that almost saw the RideLondon Classique removed from the Women’s WorldTour for not showing 3 days of live coverage, the race is back in 2023. Once again it promises to be 3 stages long and those TV issues are sorted. Focused on Essex for the opening pair of stages, the race returns to its central London roots with the usual circuit taking in some of the sights of the capital. The finish line has been moved from its 2022 home on the Embankment back to the Mall where the likes of Kirsten Wild, Lorena Wiebes and Coryn Labecki all take victories.
The 2022 edition was comprehensively won by Lorena Wiebes, who took victory on all 3 stages.
RideLondon Classique 2023 Stage 1
The opening stage will be 149.7km, starting in Saffron Walden before finishing in Colchester. 3 QoM points on Walden Road, Sandy Hill and Castle Hill will get that classification underway. The finish is slightly uphill in Colchester and might play out as one that the purer sprinters struggle on.
StageRideLondon Classique 2023 Stage 2
The second stage of the 2023 RideLondon Classique starts and finishes in Maldon, taking in 137.1km along the way. There will be a finishing circuit for the riders to tackle 3 laps of, including short steep climbs of North Hill (1.5km at 5.2%) and Market Hill (350m at 8.2%). Both might prove to be launch pads for non-sprinters with Market Hill coming within just 500 metres of the finish line as well.
RideLondon Classique 2023 Stage 3
The final day sees the RideLondon Classique circuit return to its original finish line on the Mall. A shorter 91km stage will see riders take on 8 laps on a route passing landmarks like Picadilly Circus, St Paul’s and Westminster.
“This course is constantly up and down, with twists and turns and very little flat sections, before a slightly uphill finish in Colchester. It’s an excellent parcourse for the one-day specialists and strong sprinters.
The final circuits of Stage Two cover approximately 22K, and include the repeated climb of North Hill. It’s on these circuits that we will see team tactics evolve with the final Queen of the Mountains points of the race up for grabs, as well as the Stage victory.
The Mall is one of the most iconic streets in the world so this final stage in central London is one every cyclist will be eager to win. The precious time bonuses available at two sprint points during the stage – at the end of laps three and six – could prove crucial in the hunt for the overall victory.”Scott Sunderland, Ford RideLondon Classique Race Director
More details on the race stages can be found here.