The RideLondon Classique has confirmed where each of its 3 stages in 2023 will start and finish. The race moved from being a one-day race in central London to a 3-day stage race for the first time last season, the first edition to be hosted since the pandemic. Whilst the racing went smoothly, RideLondon Classique came in for plenty of criticism for its decision to only show the final stage in London live. This nearly saw the race taken out of the 2023 Women’s WorldTour calendar as a result, unless it could show confirmation that all of the stages of the race would meet the minimum broadcasting levels set as part of the WWT. For 2023, all 3 stages are scheduled to be broadcast live on the BBC in the UK.
Taking place between Friday 26th May and Sunday 28th May 2023, the RideLondon Classique will begin in Safron Walden before the riders take on 150km to finish in Colchester. Stage 2 will see both the start and finish in Maldon, which hosted the opening stage of the 2022 race. The final stage will once again be in central London with a finish on the Mall between Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square. The 2022 race saw Lorena Wiebes win all 3 stages and the general classification and it looks like a similar sprint-heavy race in 2023.
“The 2023 Ford RideLondon Classique will once again showcase both the beauty and history of Essex in the first two stages, before concluding with a stunning finale in the heart of London on some of the most famous streets in the world.
This is a wonderful opportunity for the people of Saffron Walden, Colchester and Maldon to come out and see the world’s best female riders racing through their roads and we thank Uttlesford District Council, Colchester City Council and Maldon District Council for helping to make this possible.
We are also delighted the final stage is returning to The Mall and we can continue to bring a world-class bike race to the very heart of London. We know how much the riders love racing in one of the world’s great cities and the support they get from the roadside.”Scott Sunderland, Ford RideLondon Classique race director
The full route details of the three stages will be confirmed shortly.