Recently crowned British road champion Alice Barnes will lead her CANYON//SRAM Racing teammates to Prudential Ride London on Saturday, 3rd August. The 24-year-old will line up with Tiffany Cromwell, Rotem Gafinovitz, Ella Harris, Christa Riffel and Alexis Ryan in the next Women’s WorldTour race in central London.
The 3.4km circuit for the 2019 edition changes course direction for the first time in recent years. The start and finish remain in The Mall, but the peloton races clockwise around St James Park, faces a 180° turn on Constitution Hill and passes Buckingham Palace, before a 500m long straight sprint to the finish in The Mall. The 20-lap circuit race has a prize pool of €100,000 and with four intermediate sprints is set to be another enthralling edition.
“I am excited to race in the national stripes at home in the UK and to come into the race with good legs. As a team we are really looking at a podium and we have some cards to play for this,” said Alice Barnes.
“There are a lot of things I enjoy about Prudential Ride London. To start with, the crowds are always amazing as we are racing in central London on a Saturday and everyone really gets behind us regardless if they were there to support us or not. I have a lot of family and friends in London so I love the chance to race in front of them. The television broadcast and the prize pot. All of these things give the race great exposure and showcases our racing style,” added Alice Barnes.
Read what Alice’s teammates have to say about racing Prudential Ride London.
“For me personally the highlight of Ride London has to be simply the magnitude of the event in terms of set up and support and how they truly involve the community and the entire city. To have the opportunity to race on a circuit in the centre of London on a Saturday early evening, in front of such iconic landmarks as Buckingham Palace is pretty awesome.”
“It’s always a hard and fast race, typically made for sprinters, but I love coming to this race and feeling like our sport truly gets the recognition that it deserves when we race Prudential Ride London.”
“My personal goal is to help the team to a podium performance. To be able to help in the all-important final lead out in support of one of our sprinters. I’m just coming off of a little break after a really big racing block. I’m fresh mentally, but perhaps physically not at my peak anymore. But I feel like the crowds will help lift me, I will have some of my good friends coming to watch. So I look forward to enjoying some hard racing with the team and helping us end up on the podium, hopefully the top step.”
“It’s my first time at Prudential Ride London. I expect that the whole weekend is one for fans of cycling! I’m at the SRAM booth at the ExCel Centre on Friday, racing on Saturday, and then riding recovery laps with the Rapha crew on Sunday morning.”
“The short circuit will be exciting and interesting to race on, and despite never having been to London before, I know the course very well thanks to Zwift! I’m looking forward to being in the UK again for the race spectators and atmosphere.”
“Personally, I’d just like to feel good and comfortable during the race so that I’m able to contribute well to the team plan, and hopefully notice some improvements in fitness from BeNe Ladies after what was a big break in racing in the middle of the season.”
“I absolutely LOVE this race! Racing in the heart of one of my favourite cities is AMAZING and I’m really excited to be back there on Saturday! I think we come there with a really strong team and we are capable to win the race together. We have a couple of different cards to play – that makes us unpredictable and dangerous. I’ll be doing my best to make sure that the final sprint is the perfect result for us!”
“The highlight of Prudential Ride London is racing down iconic city streets, with monuments on every corner, while thousands of fans create a deafening roar of applause. It doesn’t get much better than that!”
“I’d love to have the opportunity to test my legs out in the final sprint against the best in the world. It’s been a long time since that happened and I miss the feeling.”