Ford RideLondon-Essex – Sunday 26 May


On Sunday 26 May, Essex will once again welcome thousands of people taking part in Ford RideLondon-Essex, the world’s greatest festival of cycling.

Millions of pounds will be raised for charity by those taking part in the challenge ride, which is nicknamed the London Marathon on wheels because of the huge fundraising it generates.

The ride will start and finish in central London and in between be held on a route in Essex that is largely similar to the one used in 2023, passing Epping, North Weald, Ongar, Fyfield, Leaden Roding, Great Dunmow, Felsted, Great Waltham, the Melbourne Park area of Chelmsford, and Writtle. 

All addresses on or near the route will receive a leaflet from the Ford RideLondon-Essex organisers which will contain the key information about the event including local road closure times, maps and contact information.

Residents are urged to look out for this delivery by Royal Mail and to use the information to plan ahead for event day. The information will also be on the Ford RideLondon-Essex website at

Key points that people in the community are urged to remember ahead of this year’s event are:



  • There are designated vehicle crossing points (VCPs) on the route where the ride is held temporarily to allow vehicles to cross. This information is contained in the road closure leaflets and online at
  • Similarly, there are designated pedestrian crossings where marshals will stop cyclists and allow people to cross the route on foot
  • If you have an essential request to get in or out of the road closures, the Ford RideLondon-Essex team can help. Please contact [enter email address].

Ford RideLondon-Essex may only be one weekend of the year but its positive impact is felt right across the county all year round.

Since Essex County Council agreed to first host the event in 2022, £1.75 million has been distributed to projects across the county which encourage more people (of all ages) to be physically active. This has been possible thanks to London Marathon Foundation grants to Active Essex which are made every year Essex hosts the event.

In the first two years of the partnership, more than 17,000 residents across the county have benefitted from activities funded by Ford RideLondon-Essex grants.