Road Cycling is growing in popularity in the UK, with over 2,200 registered cycling clubs and 125,000 registered members of British Cycling. In the UK, people have been inspired to take up the sport by high profile cyclists achieving great things, from the sprints of Mark Cavendish, to the Olympic heroics of Bradley Wiggins, to the recent Tour de France triumphs of Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas. There a range of events on offer, including numerous charity and community bike rides, which allow cyclists of any ability to get involved. Sportives (mass participation cycling events) are the most popular format, and can range from sprint distances to long-distance formats. Another option is doing an Audax event, which are long-distance cycling events within a limited time-frame. Cycling is known for its friendly community, and they are always encouraging new people to get involved with the support, whether that's providing advice for kit, organising training clubs, or supporting you through your first event.
Road Cycling is hugely popular in the UK, and has been growing as a sport since the success of London 2012. There are now over 4,000 cycling events each year, with 300,000 participants and 125,000 registered members of British Cycling. Cycling events in the UK range from sportives (mass participation cycling races) to long-distance Audax rides to fun charity bike rides. Events can take place in the city streets, or often make the most of the stunning British countryside.
How to get into road cycling in the UK
With so many different road cycling events in the UK, it has never been easier to get into the sport. Check out our list of local events to find your first race, whether you want a long endurance race, short fast sprint, or a charitable fun ride. Another great option is getting involved with one of the UK's 2,200 cycling clubs, where you will find welcoming communities to help you with advice, kit, and training. If you are just starting out in road cycling and don't want to buy a bike just yet, there are plenty of options to hire bikes for cycling events.