Take a seat in the team car on Stage 4 of the UK's biggest bike race
Thanks to our collaboration with top UK professional cycling team Madison Genesis we are able to offer one lucky winner the chance to spend a stage of this year's race in the team car on stage 4, a 217 kilometre brute of a course through the heart of Wales. Starting in Denbigh and finishing in Builth Wells, this is the longest stage of this years race.
The team car will be in the race convoy and may be called up to service a rider, supply food and drinks or to cover a breakaway group. either way, you'll be in the thick of the action.
All you need to do is answer this simple question :
How many of the 18 UCI World Tour professional racing teams ride on Continental tyres in 2016?
Answers to firstname.lastname@example.org
The winner will be chosen on Monday 5th September where we will also ask for all your contact details and supply instructions. Transport is not included although we will of course drive you from Builth Wells to Denbigh after the stage to collect your vehicle if this is necessary.
Prudential RideLondon, the world’s greatest festival of cycling, returns over the weekend of 29-31 July. With more than 100,000 riders expected to participate in seven events, the festival offer spectators a huge choice of places to enjoy the action with the chance to cheer on the superstars of cycling, including three time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, or to support friends and family taking on the challenge of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 or 46.
WHERE TO WATCH
FRIDAY 29 JULY
A third day has been added to the world’s greatest festival of cycling this year with a packed programme of racing at Lee Valley VeloPark, featuring handcycling, youths and BMX. In addition to the competition, there will be a Festival Zone featuring a range of bike-based entertainment and the legendary stunt cyclist Danny MacAskill, who brings his world famous Drop and Roll Tour, sponsored by Continental Tyres, which features the world’s top street trials rider performing breathtaking stunts on a state-of-the-art custom built rig. The action starts at 13:00 and runs to 20:30.
Entry is free – a great day out for the family.
SATURDAY 30 JULY
Head to St James’s Park and Westminster to line the route for the Prudential RideLondon Classique, the richest one-day race in the history of women’s cycling.
Now a women’s UCI WorldTour event, the Prudential RideLondon Classique will feature the world’s top twenty women’s teams racing twelve laps of a spectacular new 5.5km circuit in central London. The circuit begins on The Mall in St James’s Park, goes up Constitution Hill, turning at the top to come down and onto Birdcage Walk, then passes Big Ben and turns left on to Whitehall and right on to the Strand before turning again to come back up the Strand, through Trafalgar Square, Admiralty Arch and back on to The Mall.
Racing starts at 17:00 and will finish at about 18:45. The action will be televised live on BBC 2.
Racing continues at 19:15 with the fun of the Brompton World Championship Final as 500+ riders in an extraordinary range of outfits (no lycra allowed) begin the race with the scramble of a Le Mans-style start to unfold their bikes and race eight laps of a circuit of St James’s Park.
SUNDAY 31 JULY
There are three events taking place on Sunday.
26,000+ amateur riders will start at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 06:00 – 09:00 in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 mass sportive that last year raised a record-breaking £12 million for charity. They will be followed by 3,500+ amateur riders, mostly novices, undertaking the new Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46, designed as the ideal first mass participation sportive. Then 25 teams of the world’s top men, featuring many stars from the Tour de France - including three-time winner Froome, sprinter Andre Greipel, Michael Matthews, Tom Boonen and Froome's Rio GB teammates Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard and Steve Cummings - race in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, starting in Horse Guards Parade at 13:15 and televised on BBC TV.
Here are some of the best places to watch the action:
KINGSTON UPON THAMES
The riverside town of Kingston is a great location to spend the last day of the world’s greatest festival of cycling as it is the only town on the route through which the cyclists ride twice.
The excitement will begin as the thousands of amateur cyclists start to stream through the town from 07:00. In the early afternoon, the 150 top professional cyclists will race through the town in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, returning again later as the peloton heads back to central London and the finish.
The Kingston Bike Festival will provide a huge range of activities and events for all the family throughout the day as the town celebrates the bicycle. The Action Sports BMX Display Team will perform in the Market Place, demonstrating the thrills and excitement of this rapidly growing sport. There will be a big screen here so that visitors can relax at the bars and cafes and watch all the action from BBC TV’s coverage.
There’s plenty more to enjoy on Clarence Street and Wood Street, with the Continental tyres photo booth, pedal powered smoothie bikes, children’s rides and a local food market. There will also be a live DJ and music from Puncture Kit, the cycling drummer.
When the riders arrive:
07:00-16:20 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 / 46
13:45 & 17:35 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic
WEST BYFLEET LI:VE West Byfleet Recreation Ground once again hosts West Byfleet LI:VE. This community organised festival is a great place to watch all the day’s action. Cheer on the cyclists from the roadside and then pop into the recreation ground to watch all the action live on the big screen along with a family fun fair, children’s games and food stalls.
When the riders arrive:
07:20-11:40 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
14:15 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic
This festival takes place every year at Pyrford Cricket Club and again celebrates Prudential RideLondon. There will be a cycle track with bikes for visitors to have a go, lots of different fun activities for all ages, including a giant slide, a bungee run, bouncy castles for adults and children and live music, it’s a great place to take the family. Visit www.celebratepyrford.moonfruit.com to find out more.
When the riders arrive:
07:30-12:00 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
14:25 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic
Dorking town centre will be one of the best locations on the entire route to view the action. The 26,000+ riders in the sportive will start streaming along the High Street from 08:30 with the last riders reaching the town just before 14:30. Then spectators will have the chance to cheer on the peloton from the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic as it races through Dorking five times on the circuits through the Surrey Hills. There will be two big screens showing the live BBC TV coverage and children’s street entertainment. The shops, cafes and restaurants in the town will be open, offering a great range of dining and refreshment options.
When the riders arrive:
08:30-14:30 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
15:00-17:00 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic
The town centre will be open for business as usual and a big screen will be located outside the Swan Centre so that visitors can relax at the cafes and restaurants to watch all the action from BBC TV’s coverage.
There will also be a activity from Rollapaluza – a static race bike challenge - along with the chance to support riders in the sportive as they stop for drinks and refreshments at the Swan Centre – 25 miles from the Finish Line on The Mall. It will be a fantastic location to cheer on both the amateur and professional cyclists.
When the riders arrive:
08:50-15:35 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
17:10 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic
When the riders reach Wimbledon, it’s less than ten miles to the finish line. The Love Wimbledon street party will once again take place on Wimbledon Hill Road with thousands of spectators expected to line the street and cheer the riders up the last climb on the route.
There’ll be displays from the Extreme Wheels BMX team and the chance to try out a range of different bikes and trikes at the CTC Freecycle stand plus live music, face painting, street entertainment and street food. Visit www.lovewimbledon.org to find out more.
When the riders arrive:
09:30-16:50 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
17:50 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic
There are also a number of official venues located around the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey route, including pubs and cafes, offering the perfect setting to cheer on charity fundraisers or watch the professional race. These include pubs in Norbiton, Kingston, Hampton Wick, Guildford, Dorking, Oxshott, Esher, Surbiton, Raynes Park, Wimbledon, Pimlico and Chelsea. The full list is available at www.PrudentialRideLondon.co.uk/community
For information on how to get to Prudential RideLondon events, go to www.tfl.gov.uk/ridelondon
The organisers of the weekend festival of cycling are delivering an extensive community engagement programme with the support of TfL, the London boroughs on the route and Surrey County Council to help residents and businesses along the route plan ahead. This includes pre-awareness campaign posters on the transport network, a series of customer information emails and a leaflet drop this month to 1 million+ residents and businesses along the route. Information on travel disruption and advice will be available on www.tfl.gov.uk/ridelondon. To avoid delays over the event weekend, all drivers are advised to avoid areas near the event routes.
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photo: Graham Watson
The world's biggest bike race and biggest annual sporting event, the Tour de France finished in Paris on Sunday with a familiar name at the head of affairs.
Chris Froome (Team SKY) won for the third time, trusting in race tyres from Continental throughout the race. Together with Romain Bardet, AG2R La Mondiale and Nairo Quintana, Team Movistar the podium was truly dominated by athletes riding on tyres “handmade in Germany” from Continental.
In fact, the top eight GC positions were filled with riders using Continental, too. Team Movistar won the title as fastest team overall and no less than 15 out of 21 stages were won by athletes riding on Continental tyres.
In 2016, eleven out of eighteen UCI WorldTour teams trust in Continental race tyres “handmade in Germany” – more than ever before. These are AG2R La Mondiale, BMC Racing Team, Dimension Data, FDJ, IAM Cycling, Lampre-Merida, Lotto Soudal, Movistar Team, Orica-BikeExchange, Team Katusha and Team Sky.
Tour de France 2016 :
Yellow Jersey – Team Sky – Chris Froome
White Jersey – Orica BikeExchange – Adam Yates
Overall Team Winner – Team Movistar
Top 8 GC riders overall :
1.Froome GB (Team Sky), 2.Bardet FR (AG2R La Mondial), 3.Quintana COL (Movistar), 4.Yates GB (Orica BikeExchange), 5.Porte AUS (BMC), 6.Valverde ESP (Movistar), 7.Rodriguez ESP (Katusha), 8.Meintjes SA (Lampre Merida)
15/21 stage wins on Continental tyres
Stg 1 – Cavendish – Dimension Data – Utah Beach
Stg 3 – Cavendish - Dimension Data – Anger
Stg 5 – Van Avermaet – BMC – Le Lioran
Stg 6 – Cavendish - Dimension Data – Montauban
Stg 7 – Cummings - Dimension Data – Lac de Payolle
Stg 8 – Froome – Team Sky – Bagneres de Luchon –
Stg 10 – Matthews – Orica BikeExchange – Revel
Stg 12 – de Gendt – Lotto Soudal – Mt Ventoux
Stg 14 – Cavendish - Dimension Data –
Villars les Dombes
Stg 15 – Pantano – IAM Cycling – Culoz
Stg 17 – Zakarin – Team Katusha – Finhaut Emosson
Stg 18 - Froome – Team Sky – Megeve (individual TT)
Stg 19 – Bardet – AG2R La Mondial – Saint Gervais -
Stg 20 – Izaguirre – Team Movistar – Morzine
Stg 21 – Greipel – Lotto Soudal – Paris
Danny MacAskill and his Drop and Roll team will be heading to London this upcoming weekend to present their wildest tricks and unfathomable skills to thousands of spectators at Prudential RideLondon. With over 100,000 cyclists and an even greater number of spectators to be expected during the festival days, the Drop and Roll crew is looking forward to record-breaking crowds.
Prudential RideLondon is an annual three-day festival, which takes place in England’s capital. This world-class festival of cycling will be held for the fourth time since 2013 and will be celebrating the passion for two-wheels this year from July 29th to 31st. Drop and Roll Tour partner Continental will be bringing Danny MacAskill, Duncan Shaw, Ali C and Fabio Wibmer to what may well be their biggest show ever. “It’s always so rad when big crowds come to our shows. It motivates us immensely! But I will certainly be a bit more nervous than usual”, admits Fabio Wibmer, the youngest of the group.
The four trials greats will kick-off their performances on Friday at the Lee Valley VeloPark located in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Fans can look forward to backflips, bunny hops of the highest level and many more tricks during the shows at 2.00pm and 8.00pm. Between both shows, everyone has the opportunity to get up close to the crew and collect autographs during the signing sessions, which take place from 3.30pm to 4pm and again from 6.30pm to 7pm.
On Saturday the Drop and Roll team will be showing off their tricks during shows at 11.00am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm on the South Bank. There will be half-hour signing sessions after each show for all the kids, who missed out on Saturday. “We have been in London before, but we have never done a show in central London. It will be awesome to be riding with the London eye as a backdrop,” says Duncan Shaw. The loudest fans will surely be rewarded not only by the wildest of trick combinations, but also with a great number of prizes such as Five Ten Shoes and T-shirts, full sets of Magura Disc Brakes, Muc-Off Bike Cleaner, custom Drop and Roll Lezyne multi-tools and pumps that aren't available in shops, Continental trials and mountain bike tyres, and GoPro cameras.
If you miss the shows in London this weekend, then make sure to take a look at the upcoming tour dates in August. Booking requests for Drop and Roll shows are still happily received via the email address email@example.com.
Photo by Dave Mackison
Tour de France champion Chris Froome is to make his Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic debut and race for Team Sky on the roads of London and Surrey on Sunday (31 July).
The 31-year-old took his third Tour de France title with a triumphal ride down the Champs Elysees yesterday (Sunday) after a thrilling three weeks of racing.
Now his focus turns to the the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, the world’s richest one-day race, for his final preparations for the Rio Olympic Games where he is going for gold in both the road race and the time trial.
British cycling fans now have a rare chance to cheer on Britain’s greatest ever Grand Tour rider. Froome has not competed in the UK since the Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour de France, when the first three stages were held in England.
Froome headlines a formidable Team Sky squad that includes Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard, Ben Swift, Christian Knees and Dutch sprinter Danny van Poppel.
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic Race Director Mick Bennett said: “We are thrilled to have Tour de France champion Chris Froome riding for Team Sky at this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.
“His performance over the last three weeks has enthralled the country and we are proud Chris has chosen the Classic as his last race before Rio. Now British fans have the chance to watch him in action and cheer on the man who has achieved the incredible feat of three Tour de France wins. We expect thousands to come out and line the streets of London and Surrey.
“It confirms the important place the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic now holds in the international calendar. The fact that the three-time winner of the Tour de France views this race as the perfect preparation for his bid for Olympic gold shows the calibre of the race we have developed in just three years.
“In addition to Chris, Team Sky is also bringing Geraint Thomas and Ian Stannard, proven winners in their own right, and with Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) also in the field, it means that four of Team GB’s five road racers for Rio are racing on Sunday.
“We have an incredible field and are set for a truly Classic race. I can’t wait for Sunday.”
As well as three Tour de France wins, Froome has finished runner-up at the Vuelta a Espana on two occasions and has a total of 34 professional wins to his name.
He has not taken part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic before but did ride the 2012 Olympic Games road race on similar roads.
Geraint Thomas is one of the most talented all-rounders in the peloton. The Welshman won two gold medals on the track in the team pursuit in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games before concentrating on the road.
After initially proving himself to be one of the best one-day racers in the world, Thomas’s performance at the 2015 Tour de France - where he was fourth going into the final weekend before falling away to finish 15th overall - convinced him to focus on stage racing.
This year he has won the Volta ao Algarve and Paris-Nice where he got the better of Alberto Contador. He finished 15th again in this year's Tour de France.
Ian Stannard has also proved himself to be one of Froome’s loyal lieutenants at the Tour de France. But the 29-year-old is also one of the best one-day racers in the world and finished in a superb third place at this year’s Paris-Roubaix.
The Team Sky line-up also includes Ben Swift who will be hoping to climb to the top step of the podium at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic. The Yorkshireman was second in 2014 and third last year.
Christian Knees and Dutch sprinter Danny van Poppel – who could be one to watch if the race came down to a sprint finish – complete the Team Sky squad.
The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, ranked 1.HC by the UCI, will be shown live on BBC TV for the fourth successive year.
This year's line-up includes seven UCI WorldTour teams and a selection of the best riders in the world including German sprinter Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) who yesterday won the iconic final stage of the 2016 Tour de France on the Champs Elysees.
Another stage winner from this year's Tour de France, Michael Matthews (Orica-BikeExchange) will also race, as will former world champion Tom Boonen (Etixx - Quick-Step).
2016 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100: The Riders’ Stories
A record number of riders are set to take on the challenge of the Prudential RideLondon sportives this year and raise millions for charity on Sunday 31 July. 3,000+ cyclists are set to ride the new Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 and 27,000+ are expected to start the fourth Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.
Here are some of their stories:
Surrey-based Tim Stevens will be riding the event for the second time to raise funds for the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, which has supported and cared for his daughter Emilia since birth. Emilia, now three, was born with congenital nephrotic syndrome, a rare genetic kidney disorder. Having had one kidney removed age six weeks, Emilia required a kidney transplant and dad Tim was a willing donor. After a long and difficult three years for the family, Emilia is now making good progress and, with the help of the Evelina, she is looking forward to a happy and healthy future.
After his own personal battle with cancer, Kevin Moden from Sussex will be riding to raise money for The Royal Marsden Charity. Following his diagnosis of stage three melanoma, a form of skin cancer, in 2015, Kevin has been treated and cared for by The Royal Marsden and he has taken part in a medical trial examining the effects of immunotherapy, a type of cancer treatment designed to boost the body’s natural defences to fight cancer. The dad of two is now determined to raise money for the charity which he credits with saving his life.
After watching her husband complete the 2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, Surrey resident Catherine Farrow decided it was time for her to take on the cycling challenge. Riding for the charity MS Society, Catherine is hoping to prove that you can do anything you set your mind to. Having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis three years ago, Catherine has set herself the target of completing one sporting challenge a year and the 100-mile sportive is this summer’s goal.
Riding for his grandson Noah is Anthony Dixey from Leicester. Noah, now three, suffers from the genetic disorder Alagille syndrome which affects the liver, heart and kidneys. Since being diagnosed aged 3 months, Noah has battled with liver disease, kidney failure and other related complications. Supporting Noah and his family has been the charity Kidney Research, and Anthony, who will also be celebrating his 60th birthday on Ride Day, has taken up the challenge of riding the 100-mile sportive to raise much needed money and awareness for the charity.
Colin McNeill, from Huddersfield, will be riding the 100 for WellChild, the 2016 Official Charity of the Year, which has helped him and his wife Jill cope with the difficulties facing them after their son Noah was born seven weeks premature. Diagnosed with a collapsed windpipe, Noah was kept in intensive care at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital for eleven months. WellChild Nurse Elaine was on hand to help prepare Colin and Jill for Noah’s arrival home, including training them in using a ventilator. Now five, Noah is thriving at home with his family thanks to the help and support of WellChild. Colin will be riding the 100 to say thank you and raise money so that the charity can continue to support other families.
This is just a small selection of stories from this year’s riders. Read more
Another tyre test win for our famous GP4000 S II road clincher, this time in Triathlon Plus magazine's comprehensive 'Fat is Fast' wide tyre test, up against 15 of the best tyres on the market.
Tyres were tested in real world conditions, head-to-head on two up bike sessions usingthe same rim profiles and pressures for the most accurate comparisons. The crew of high mileage testers also attempted to wear out as many tyres as possible to which was the most long lasting.
For the GP4000 S II, the magazine commented that this is the tyre of choice for when they conduct wheel tests, simply as they are the best balance of performance and durability for real-world road riding.
The advanced BlackChili compound was commented on as being glued to corners but searlingly quick in a straight line compared to most competitors.
Our mid-priced Grand Sport Race also impressed the judges, with the PureGrip compound being a good balance of reasonable lifespan, easy speed and trustworthy traction for a relatively affordable tyre.
See the comprehensive test in the April 2016 issue of Triathlon Plus Magazine!
Continental Tyres, the leading German tyre manufacturer, will be the official presenting partner of the King of the Mountains and Sprints competitions in the 2016 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday 31 July.
This men’s pro race, televised live by BBC Sport, is the climax of the world’s greatest festival of cycling, now in its fourth year. 150 riders from 25 of the world’s top teams will race in the world’s richest one-day Classic. The riders roll out from the spectacular setting of Horse Guards Parade to race through the capital, out into Surrey and back over Putney Bridge to the finish line on The Mall in St James’s Park.
The Continental Tyres King of the Mountains competition will feature five punchy climbs and the race will feature five in-race sprints to decide the the Continental Tyres Sprints competition.
In addition, Continental Tyres will be involved in all aspects of the event with interactive exhibitions at Festival Zones during Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle, mechanical support services to the riders in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100-mile sportive and exhibiting the very latest in tyres and rubber technology at the Prudential RideLondon Cycling Show at ExCeL from 28 – 30 July.
Continental has been developing and manufacturing tyres since 1871. With more than 140 years experience, Continental is the only bicycle tyre manufacturer in Germany and one of the last major bicycle tyre manufacturers in Europe. Continental is famous for its innovative product development such as the GP4000S with its puncture protection technology and the BlackChili compound. These new ideas are now used in Continental’s award winning car tyre range, which also features BlackChili compound for maximum grip on Continental’s ultra high-performance tyres.
Guy Frobisher, Marketing Director of Continental Tyres, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this exciting event which mirrors many of our core values. We are looking forward to bringing our grip performance to life and showcasing our passion for safety and technology.”
Hugh Brasher, Event Director for Prudential RideLondon, said: “Continental Tyres is the perfect partner for the King of the Mountains and Sprint classifications in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic. We’re delighted to welcome another world-leading company to the world’s greatest festival of cycling.”
Are wider road tyres really faster than their narrower counterparts?
Yes, here's why
For a long time, a 20mm tyre with 160psi or more was considered the fastest tyre, regardless of how uncomfortable or unsafe it was to ride on such a tyre/pressure combination. What very few people realised at the time, was that a wider tyre would roll equally well at a lower pressure. For example, a 23mm tyre will roll with the same rolling resistance (under the same load) at 120 psi as the aforementioned 20mm tyre at 160psi! (based on the same model of tyre).
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Ever wondered 'how to'?
The new YouTube channel from our colleagues in Germany gives detailed instructions on how to fit, remove, repair, seal and inflate our road, city & MTB tyres. There are a multitude of specific video demonstrations to choose from, in both English and German.
As an introduction, we're showing how to remove, inspect and repair a road bike clincher, essential knowledge for when you are out on the road.
Read more: Roadside inspection and repairs