Your guide to cycling safely

Look. Think. Communicate: three words that are key in these top tips for cycling with confidence on the UK’s open roads from our partners

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Prepare yourself

Prepare yourself

Remember: My Prudential RideLondon is not a race, and you should not compromise your own safety to get a good time.

Cycling on open roads comes with hazards, so make sure you are well prepared before you head out for your ride to protect yourself and other road users. 

Wear a helmet

  • Make sure your helmet fits you properly and is secure before setting off
  • If you are riding with children always check their helmets too before heading out

Wear the right clothing

  • Wear fitted clothing to avoid it getting stuck in your wheels or chain
  • Bright colours and fluorescent clothing will help you stand out

Guides for maintaining your bike from our partner SRAM

Prepare your bike

Prepare your bike

  • Make sure your tyres are in good condition and your inner tubes are pumped up and ready to go. For more about how to check your tyres, click here.
  • Continental Tyres are designed to give riders confidence in their grip, thanks to their exclusive BlackChili compound formula. Find out which tyre is right for you here.
  • Be sure to carry spare inner tubes and a bicycle pump with you in case you get a puncture.
  • If you are not sure how to change an inner tube, check out this video from our partner Evans Cycles.
  • Don’t forget to charge your lights or carry spare batteries.

    If you are concerned about your bicycle, get it serviced before a long ride. Book your bicycle in for a service at your local Evans Cycles store here.

    During your ride

    • Look around you while cycling – stay alert
    • Think of other road users ahead and behind you
    • Communicate your intentions clearly to other riders and road users
    • Keep both hands on the handlebars, except when signalling
    • Keep both feet on the pedals
    • Be considerate of other road users and pedestrians
    • Use your bell when necessary to signal you are nearby
    • Ride single file on narrow or busy roads or round bends
    • Use cycle lanes where available
    • Don’t undertake vehicles, in any circumstances
    • Watch out for people getting out of parked cars and leave ample space when overtaking
    Fuelling and hydration tips from our partner HIGH5

    Fuelling and hydration tips from our partner HIGH5

    What you eat and drink – both on the bike and before and after training sessions – can have a big impact on your cycling performance.

    Good nutrition will help you to get the most out of your next ride. Below are some tips on how to plan your nutrition strategy next time you go cycling. You can also find out more about nutrition and cycling from HIGH5 here.

    Hydrating your ride

    You lose fluids and electrolytes when you sweat. If you don’t replace these, you become dehydrated, which can really affect your performance. Sports drinks like HIGH5 ZERO and Energy Drink contain electrolytes to help you absorb water and rehydrate.

    On a long ride, consider having more than one drinks bottle with you and research in advance where you can replenish your water on your route. You can learn more about the effects of dehydration and the benefits of keeping hydrated here.

    Fuelling your ride

    Carbohydrates provide high-energy fuel for endurance events. They will help you keep going.

    You only have a limited amount of carbohydrate stored in your body and it’s depleted after less than two hours of cycling. Refuelling will substantially extend your endurance by providing the extra energy you need. Energy bars, gels and carbohydrate drinks can help refuel you on your ride.

    Breakfast

    An ideal pre-ride breakfast is light and high in carbohydrates with a little bit of protein too. Porridge, toast and rice pudding are good options for carbohydrate. A poached egg or omelette would be a good source of protein.

    Make sure you test any products in advance of your ride to ensure you won’t have any issues on ride day.

    Snacks

    Remember to eat an energy bar to replenish your energy before you feel tired. This will help ensure you keep your energy levels high throughout your ride. Find out more from HIGH5 here.

    Insurance advice from our partners Yellow Jersey

    Insurance advice from our partners Yellow Jersey

    Whether riding your bike in a sportive or just for fun with your family, bicycle insurance can help ensure you enjoy your ride with complete peace of mind.

    Yellow Jersey offers a bespoke bicycle insurance package for the Prudential RideLondon event however, it’s just as important whatever sort of cycling you are doing.

    Don’t rely on your home insurance

    If you rely on your household insurance to cover your bike, it’s worth checking the small print. Often, bikes worth more than £800 are not automatically covered and if they are, it’s often only for theft from the home and won’t include liability cover in case you accidentally cause damage to a third party.

    Consider your cover options

    Yellow Jersey offers three tiers of bicycle insurance to cover all sorts of cyclists. Cover can include:

    • Crash and accidental damage
    • Vandalism
    • Theft from and away from home
    • Theft from vehicle
    • Damage in transit
    • Public liability
    • Sportives and races
    • Travel overseas
    • Accessory cover
    • Helmet & clothing cover
    • Physio cover
    • Dental cover
    • Permanent injury

    Visit Yellow Jersey to find out more about its bespoke bicycle insurance offers. It has given all My Prudential RideLondon cyclists an exclusive 15 per cent off all its annual bicycle insurance products, which can be claimed by purchasing through its dedicated Prudential RideLondon page

    If you would like a short-term policy, these are on offer on the main site.

    Advice for drivers from our partners Continental Tyres

    Advice for drivers from our partners Continental Tyres

    Many people need to use the roads, but if everyone shows a little consideration and respect for the rules then it can be a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

    We now live in a world where distancing is the norm and this should be taken onto the road. It’s vital to ‘Stay Wider of the Rider’ because close passing is an intimidating and significant hazard. To a cyclist, it can be deeply unsettling to have a one-ton object suddenly bearing down on them.

    Up to a third of reported near misses between cyclists and motor vehicles involve close passing. Not only is this dangerous for cyclists; it also discourages people from embracing more forms of sustainable transport. Fear of injuries on the road is one of the main factors deterring people from cycling.

    Overtaking a cyclist

    The safe distance for overtaking a cyclist will depend on the speed and size of vehicle you’re driving. As a basic guideline, the UK Highway Code recommends leaving as much space as you would when passing a car.

    • At 30 mph, allow for a minimum 1.5-metre distance
    • At speeds faster than 30 mph, allow for a minimum of two metres
    • In slow-moving traffic below 20 mph, do not overtake a cyclist unless there is at least a one-metre distance

    If there isn’t enough space to pass safely, drivers should remain behind the cyclist until such time space becomes available.

    Read more from Continental Tyres here.