“The PRL Full” Route Details (London)

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The London course’s “PRL Full” route is meant to mimic the distance (but not the full course) of the real Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.

The London course’s “PRL Full” route is meant to mimic the distance (but not the full course) of the real Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.

Route Basics

Length: 173 km (107.5 miles)
Elevation:
2290 m (7,513‘)
Lead-In: 0.5 km (0.3 miles)
Map: London

Start & Finish

The route begins at the standard London start/finish, but ends on the red asphalt of the Mall at the forward sprint.

Achievement Badge: 3460 XP

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Route Description

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This route takes you on eleven circuits of the “London Loop“, then turns around at the Surrey roundabout and heads towards the sprint and finish banner on The Mall.

Although we can’t seem to find numbers for the IRL course, it appears that Zwift’s version has significantly more elevation gain than the real-life course. (The 2013 course had a gain of 6,167′.)

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MATHEW M ROSE
MATHEW M ROSE (@matrose617)
1 year ago

Having just completed this ride for the badge, I can’t say I’d want to do it agian. The PRL Half is a perfect workout with four nice climbing intervals in it; the full version had me questioning my life choices as I hopped off the bike to change bibs in the roughly two minutes while my avatar was descending Box Hill for the 8th time. I made it in almost exactly 5 hours (one minute over). From now on, when London is on the calendar I’ll stick to the Half, thank you all the same.

Eric Mar
Eric Mar
1 year ago
Reply to  MATHEW M ROSE

Just did it yesterday and it was brutal and crazy. Don’t think I would want to do it again unless I want to beat the timing.

Stewart
Stewart
1 year ago
Reply to  MATHEW M ROSE

Never thought of changing that’s an interesting additional challenge! What did you do for nutrition energy etc for the ride?

Dan
Dan
1 year ago

I’m preparing to do this on 16th August in place of the cancelled event. I’m working out what frame to get, I’m approaching level 20 now. I am considering the Trek Madone for this, but don’t know if I would be better placed to favour a frame for climbing? Will probably use the Enve SES 3.4 wheels either way. I already own the Spec Tarmac Pro and the Trek Emonda so they are options too, but there is a fair amount of flat on this course too. Thoughts welcome on this.

RLH
RLH
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

I’m in the same boat: looking at this in the near future… I own a good number of frames, etc. and I’ leaning S-Works Venge (rated as 100% Flat, 71% Climb) over the Tarmac Pro (50% Flat, 100% Climb), same Enve 3.4s (63% Flat, 96% Climb), but the Zipp 454 are a solid choice (78% Flat, 85% Climb) . But, I’m just guessing here…
Another frame Option to note: is the Cann. Super Six EVO (60% Flat, 92% Climb).
Best of Luck.
 
 

Dan
Dan
1 year ago
Reply to  RLH

Thanks, although those frames mentioned will be out of reach for me at level 20/21.

mark wilson
mark wilson
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

I’m aiming to do this on Saturday – with Matt Bottrill – would the Tron bike be a good choice? Also considering the Tarmac pro & light wheels to help with the climbs.

Stephen Davis
Stephen Davis
1 year ago
Reply to  mark wilson

I’ll see u there Mark! Not ridden for 2 days and been eating like a bear heading into hibernation! Can’t think of a better time to ride over a 100 miles 🤣

Sylvan Smyth
Sylvan Smyth (@sylvan)
1 year ago
Reply to  mark wilson

Tron might be your best bet actually. If you check the gradients on Best Bike Split, only about 30% of the lap time is climbing at 4%+. So what you’ll gain on the climb with a lighter setup, you’ll probably lose doubly on the descent and flats.If non-Tron, the course is so balanced that I think you’re looking at only about 5 seconds per lap between aero/weight options like S5 vs. Tarmac Pro. I think I’d lean towards aero wheels though, like 454.

J Moore
J Moore
8 months ago
Reply to  Sylvan Smyth

Since there isn’t that much climbing relatively, wouldn’t a TT bike be the fastest? Downhill time plus the flats.

Jocelyn
Jocelyn
8 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Faster than the tron bike?

Nicola Jane Fisher
Nicola Jane Fisher
1 year ago

How do I get to complete this route ?

Rolf
Rolf
1 year ago

Hey Nicola, of you want to select a given route, its always the same procedure: log in and get your trainer connected. You will find yourself in the ‚ready-to-go‘ screen which gives you three world-choices in the upper part. Click on the one you want to ride in (e.g. London for the PLR-ride) and then select ‚Routes‘, where you can scroll the available Route-List with all basic data (length & elevation). Click the route of your choice and off you go.
Never change direction during a ride via Companion App or keyboard since you wont receive the route Badge then.

IAN ANDERSON
IAN ANDERSON (@ianranderson)
1 year ago

I was a bit disappointed TBH not to see any PRL events on this weekend and not to even have London on the options with both France maps dominating the choices. Not that I really fancy this route, but as I was supposed to be riding the event this year IRL would have enjoyed at least a nod from Zwift.

Mark Stovall
Mark Stovall
1 year ago
Reply to  IAN ANDERSON

this route is being offered tomorrow! 7:55am EST It is one of the HERD endurance rides. gl!

Dan
Dan
1 year ago
Reply to  IAN ANDERSON

I did my originally planned charity ride on this on the date originally planned this weekend just gone as I also had a place for the first time this year (gutted). I contacted Zwift quite early on to ask if they could make it available and their response was one of it being out of their hands somehow. I had to world hack, which did leave me with a lack of wheels to jump on sadly, but got it done. Just a note on previous comments about what to use, I went with the Cervelo S5 with Zipp 454’s as… Read more »

James Metcalfe
James Metcalfe
11 months ago

I rode the PRL in 2016. Distance was 100 miles, and elevation gain as recorded by my garmin was 1482m. The zwift route goes way beyond that. A lot of the ride london course is quite flat, there are 3 notable climbs newlands corner, Leith hill and box hill and a small climb at wimbledon that is only noticeable because it is at the end. Something more representative could have been created using the flat roads, and taking in both surrey climbs

Peter Hancock
Peter Hancock
11 months ago

Completed November 2020 – Elevation was 7,508′.

Adrian Amos
Adrian Amos (@ahamos)
10 months ago
Reply to  Peter Hancock

Came here to say the same: elevation on my ride was 7,497′.

Fabian
Fabian
10 months ago

Do I get the Route Badge for PRL Half if I directly do the PRL Full? I’m not a huge fan of going through the same course over and over again, so both in one go would be great. Anyone tried this or knows something? Thanks!

Dan McKenzie
Dan McKenzie
10 months ago
Reply to  Fabian

You don’t get the PRL Half badge for doing the PRL full sadly. I did it today with the DIRT badge hunt team. Good to have others doing it as it is seriously hard for an average rider like me!

Weiwen
Weiwen
10 months ago
Reply to  Dan McKenzie

Concur, I did the full PRL last week. I started with neither badge. I got the full PRL badge.

Now, you can get the 100km and the 100 mile achievement in one go. I know because I got both in the process.

Weiwen
Weiwen
10 months ago

A so-called friend of mine dragged me into a KISS race on this course on Sunday. “I can’t say I’d want to do it again” sounds right. I made it up Box Hill the last time, then I coasted down, then when I started pedaling I had 11km to go and I had finally cracked. Not bonked, I had enough sugar. I mean cracked, as in I could barely put out half my FTP. I had to count the distance down in miles and kilometers just to keep the pedals turning. That was nice at 5 km and 3 miles,… Read more »

JenF
JenF
9 months ago

Did the route today. 108.8 miles and 7525′ of elevation (until I got the route achievement badge). I guess your mileage may vary!

JustinB
JustinB
9 months ago
Reply to  JenF

108.4 mi and 7487’ for me yesterday. I’ve found that most of the elevations on London routes are overstated for some reason.

CCOliver
CCOliver
3 months ago
Reply to  JenF

all routes have a “lead-in” prior to actual route start, this always makes ride slightly longer than route.

Jonashgs
Jonashgs
9 months ago

Just did this this yesterday and here are my thoughts: – First 2 laps i did easy pace to warm up. – Lap 3 i did a bit more effort, with my best time on the hill and lap. – From lap 4 – 10 it was just survival, and each lap and hill time just got slower and slower. – Lap 11 i gave it all i had, and did my best box hill time,´and my 2nd fastest lap time after lap 3 Problem is that after lap 11 done, there was still around 10k to the finish line… Read more »

jim
jim
9 months ago

Elevation seems to be wrong, by about 200m too much

Chris
Chris
8 months ago

I did this today, 108.4 miles and 7,467 feet. the kicker just after box hill is evil.

Reriko
Reriko
8 months ago

same here. today (Feb. 2021) i did finished the Route in a Group-Event. had 2287m elevation gained after 175km. i watched some other riders in the end, everybody had 22xx Meters counting. so you might correct the data.

but i have to admit, the Route felt like >3000m though.

Tom
Tom
8 months ago

I did The PRL FULL last Saturday. Elevation shown after finishing was 2.294 m.

Terry
Terry
8 months ago

Did this today with two of my riding buddies in a meet up ride. Wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. We managed 28-29min laps, with 2 30min ones. Stopped for a 10min break after lap 7, changed kit, got some real food. I actually felt better on the last 6 laps. We PR’d Box Hill on the last lap. Finished up in 5:46. Would I do it again? Maybe next year.

Pascal Kolkman
Pascal Kolkman
8 months ago

Completed today, Feb 20, 2021. Quite a distance and I got the badges for 100 Miles and The PRL Full. A lot of bread, bidons with water, cola and an apple pie fueled my internal motor. Just the route badge for The Über Pretzel to go. This PRL Full in London is not a route I would like to do again. Quite boring and hard to go up the same hill for 11 times.

Daniel Underwood
Daniel Underwood
7 months ago

Completed yesterday 28th Feb 2021. Got the badge but it isn’t the most fun of rides. Took around 7 hours with breaks for food, toilet etc.

Ann
Ann
7 months ago

Any tips for how to make this less boring? I want the badge but I didn’t realise it was 11 times (!) the same loop. I’m doing it with a group, so that will help, so we can talk to and encourage each other, but still. And then, 11 times up Box Hill and Leith Hill… eek. I’m also rather slow so am envisaging 8 hours in the saddle (with breaks). How do you deal with that?

Joseph Marden
Joseph Marden
7 months ago
Reply to  Ann

No need to worry about Leith Hll on this loop, I think

Quinn Dusenberry
Quinn Dusenberry
7 months ago

Do you get credit for the PRL Half along the way to completing the PRL full?

Whitney Stidham
Whitney Stidham
5 months ago

Completed this one on 5/15/21. London wasn’t on the schedule, so hubby and I did a meet up because we already had it planned thinking it was on the schedule. I wanted to finish in under 7 hours; hubby just wanted to finish. I had a conservative start and kept it that way. London Loop times were under 35min for each lap; Box Hill climbs were kept around the 12:30min or less mark. I used the descent on Box Hill for bathroom breaks, bottle refills, and eating, so my time off the bike was extremely minimal. I finished it 6:30:46,… Read more »

Paul
Paul
1 month ago

Completed this in the weekend just gone as an event. London was not on the schedule so everyone was aware that they may be on their own if there is a split. Had 17 to start but some wanted to take it super slow. Some tips…we had a group of about a dozen riders and paced the climb each lap, regrouping between the banner and the kick before the descent. On the flat we tightened up and rolled around, saving energy while covering distance at a quick pace. We planned 5 minute breaks at the end of climbs 4 and… Read more »

Philip
Philip
1 month ago

Can anyone confirm that if you start the full but only get 6 laps in do you still get the half badge ?

Matt
Matt (@mattyboy7979)
1 month ago
Reply to  Philip

Sorry Philip, no. The Full and Half are different routes (albeit VERY similar bar the length) so you won’t get the half if you choose the full.

Me XMan
Me XMan (@me_xman)
28 days ago

Got this done and I loved it. I would do this route over and over again. NOT! WTF!! 🤬🤬🤬😂😂😂

Fabio
Fabio
18 days ago

Can you do the route in two days ? wondering if I stop and continue next day it can be resumed.

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