UK Cycling Events

We organise over 35 cycling events a year across Great Britain, as well as one in France, offering full medical and mechanical support. We plan our events in some of the most scenic locations we can find, while making sure the routes are perfectly suited for day in saddle. All of our cycling events have multiple routes of varying length and elevation. This is to cater for cyclist of all ages and abilities. Our cycling events aren't just about Road Sportives - we also organise a selection of Mountain Bike and Cyclocross events.

Set the scene for a great cycling season by taking on the Sigma Sports Surrey Hills Cyclone Sportive, experiencing some of Surrey and Sussexs tough climbing roads making a memorable day in the saddle.

With three routes to choose from, The Sigma Sports Surrey Hills Cyclone Sportive is a great mid-season event for all abilities of cyclists to enjoy.

Cycling Weekly Surrey Hills Cyclone

March

Cycling Weekly Surrey Hills Cyclone

The heritage of the humble saddle is strong around the Newmarket area albeit with a different type of riding as this sportive leads out from The Adnams July Course of Newmarket Racecourses. Much like a horse racing course, the route is filled with flat and consistent terrain, leaving no excuse for stragglers to be behind by the first hurdle.

Spring Saddle Sportive

March

Spring Saddle Sportive

If you paid attention during GCSE geography you would assume this cycle ride would be flat based on its location, but its far from it. Ok, there are no killer climbs, no real leg breakers, but if you tackle the long route of the Suffolk Spring Classic youll be gaining over 1000 metres of elevation which equates to an awful lot of little lumps and bumps.

From start to finish, the beautiful quite lanes are constantly up and down like a restless child, the small climbs robbing you of momentum, then the following descents gifting it back. Many of the inclines are so slight youll not notice them until the legs send back a message to click down a gear or two, their increase in gradient invisible to the naked eye.

Visiting the three counties of Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex the routes navigate around the towns of Haverhill, Saffron Walden and Sudbury thus avoiding areas of congestion allowing you to enjoy the free-flowing traffic free roads. From one idyllic village to the next between the high hedgerows and farmland your cares will simply drift away as you cruise around this sleepy part of England.

Lacking savage climbs but continuously undulating the Suffolk Spring Classic is perfect to wake the legs up from their winter hibernation or to begin your Sportive journey.

Suffolk Spring Classic Sportive

March

Suffolk Spring Classic Sportive

The Wiggle Vale Velo, now in its second year, is an early-season sportive designed to get you back into your best form and ready for the rest of the riding calendar.

The course allows you to chip away at the miles while tackling occasionally testing terrain. With almost 4,000ft of climbing over the Epic route, this is a quick and speedy course, presenting to you some of the best views the Vale of York and the Yorkshire Wolds have to offer, while also providing an early-year wake-up call for the legs.

Vale Velo Sportive

April

Vale Velo Sportive

The New Forest Spring Sportive is one of our most popular event and has become a welcome start-of-season test for for many cyclists. Due to its popularity, the event runs on both a Saturday and Sunday and usually sells out before the day. Take this as a sign that youll get your cycling fill from this sportive, which takes in much of the stunning New Forest on the route.

As you ride and take in the views in the rolling scenery, there will be a number of hills to challenge your legs plus a test to come near the end with short and sharp climbs popping up every now and again to keep you on your toes. Beautiful New Forest villages of Sway, Beaulieu and Lepe are passed through before you head north and back into the centre of the district.

Quickly in and out of central point Lyndhurst, youll soon take on the events major climb of the day, just outside Nomansland. Its steep, but fairly short, so you should be able to dispose of this quickly and continue on your way. From here, its downhill all the way with one spiky hill exception around Stuckton and the final feed stop as you roll back around the edges of the Forest, towards Ringwood, and claim your medal, t-shirt and Powerbar recovery product at the finish line.

New Forest Spring Sportive

April

New Forest Spring Sportive

The UKCE Ridgeway Rouleur offers the best of Oxfordshires stunning rolling countryside, passing through picturesque villages filled with quaint cottages and impressive manor houses.

As per last years event, you also have the option of signing up to the Velo Club. This option gives you everything the normal entry gives you, and you can still choose to ride any of the three routes available, but gives you a lot of extras.

Brewin Dolphin Ridgeway Rouleur

April

Brewin Dolphin Ridgeway Rouleur

Be prepared for an eyeful of Devons most glorious countryside in the Dartmoor Demon. Straight from the off, youll be marvelling at the stunning Haldon Forest before heading down the River Teign.

It won't be long before you see the last of civilisation for a few hours as the circle around and through Dartmoor National Park begins, which lead through quiet and sprawling lanes on undulating terrain.

Cycling Weekly Dartmoor Demon Sportive

May

Cycling Weekly Dartmoor Demon Sportive

A real challenge awaits all who choose to take on this 100 Mile sportive. Taking in some truly iconic Scottish sights, there also two shorter options for those after a less gruelling day out, while riders also have the option of upgrading to the Velo ticket for more added perks.

Brewin Dolphin Ochil Hills 100

May

Brewin Dolphin Ochil Hills 100

With a mixture of spectacular views, leg-pumping climbs and historical scenery, the Jurassic Beast Sportive has become a must do ride for many cyclists and one of the most popular events in our sportive calendar.

Jurassic Beast Sportive

May

Jurassic Beast Sportive

Taking its name from the typically flat lands in Lincolnshire and the surrounding area, youll glide through the level planes on the Sigma Sports' Arrow Sportive like a dart through the air save for an unlikely uphill test that waits for tired legs at the end of the ride.

Sigma Sports Arrow Sportive

May

Sigma Sports Arrow Sportive

As a mid-summer sportive test, the Malvern Mad Hatter pretty much has it all. Weaving around rural roads shared between the three counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, the route will give you tough climbs, fast descents and amazing views across the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains of Wales and more.

Cycling Weekly Malvern Mad-Hatter Sportive

June

Cycling Weekly Malvern Mad-Hatter Sportive

In its second year, the Nottinghamshire Wheeler Sportive has been given an earlier slot in the calendar giving you a chance to take in the brisk and winding byways of rural Nottinghamshire during the summer months. If you enjoyed last years Autumnal ride, youre going to love it this year.

Nottinghamshire Wheeler

June

Nottinghamshire Wheeler

The Brewin Dolphin New Forest Summer Sportive takes you out to conquer the wonders of the New Forest, promising to be packed with wildlife and scenic views over the national park. You are sure to have a spectacular day.

We will take you along coastal route via Calshot, Lepe, and Exbury, passing through the gorgeous Lepe Country Park along the way.

The beautiful village of Beaulieu is also on this route. Short route riders will take on the climb to Hatchet pond then along to Brockenhurst to rejoin the rest of the pack. Epic and Standard riders head north west to Lyndhurst, passing the quaint forest railway station at Beaulieu road. After a quick glance at the bustling town well push on up to Ashurst before tracking along the eastern edge of the forest.

From here we will head deeper in to the heart of the old royal hunting ground, eventually reaching the small hamlet of Fritham. At this point the Standard riders will carry on south towards Bolderwood, while Epic riders continue their journey north for a loop that winds its way in and out of the most northerly border of the forest. Heading south, the riders regroup just before passing under the A31, striking a definite course south towards the focal point of the ride - a spectacular stint through Ornamental Drive. It is here you will see the best the forest has to offer.

Brewin Dolphin New Forest Summer

June

Brewin Dolphin New Forest Summer

Yorkshire, for all of its natural beauty, is best explored by bicycle. A Tour de France Grand Depart and a subsequently founded Tour de Yorkshire pay dividends to that sentiment, proving that the rustic landscape is a perfect test for road cycling with its challenging climbs, equally rewarding descents and magnificent scenery.

We want to encourage young riders to enjoy the pleasure of cycling. That's why all riders under 16 years old only have to pay a small fee to cover the entry process. All under 16 riders must be accompanied by a paying adult. Valid ID will be requested on the day.

The Sigma Sports Ripon Revolution will send you riding through the famous landscapes Yorkshire that were part of this years Tour de Yorkshire route. As you set off from Ripon, youll see for yourself how the hills and pastoral roads made for a great bike race.

The first few miles start on an increasing hill incline, as well give you chance to warm up your legs before taking on the highest peak of the day fairly soon after rolling over the start line. This ascent is part of a four-strong line-up of climbs that follow one another, passing Masham then the Leighton Reservoir, eventually reaching High Ash Moor at the top to take in the breathtaking views across the surrounding area.

Youll be able to rack up some speed on the descent down to Lofthouse, which starts off steep and levels out, following the River Nidd to pass the naturally attractive Gouthwaite Reservoir before the next big uphill test, taking on the challenging climb of Greenhow Hill, just after passing through Pateley.

Once more, your efforts will be rewarded with a long and sprawling descent, offering some recovery time before its time to tackle the last two major climbs of the day, going over Round Hill and Brimham Rocks.

The hard work done, the remainder of the miles left until you reach ride HQ mostly lean downhill, so theres no reason not to empty the tank on your final push to earn a well-deserved finishers medal.

Ripon Tour Sportive

June

Ripon Tour Sportive

The inaugural Le Classique was a huge success in 2016 and rolls on into 2017, providing riders with another chance to enjoy a day trip to France and a great day out on the bike.

Starting at Dover ferry port, we will arrange your ferry and parking and, once we've got you aboard, well add a little joie de vivre with fresh coffee and croissants to get you into the French spirit.

Both registration and the safety briefing will take place during the channel crossing to maximise your riding time. Ninety minutes later, youll roll off the ferry in Calais and the sportive begins. There are two courses to choose from: the Epic 83 miles or Standard 60 miles, but both routes explore the amazing northeast coast of France.

Le Classique Sportive

July

Le Classique Sportive

Escaping Britains shores if only just for a day is enough to make this event sell out each time it has been held. Built on the foundations of Frances celebrated love of cycling, the Wiggle French Revolution is a teasing taster of what life is like riding on the other side of the English Channel.

French Revolution Sportive

July

French Revolution Sportive

In its first year, the temptingly titled West Coast Fish and Chip Ride takes you from city to sea, exhibiting some of the best of Bowland en route. With one or two tough climbs to test you, and perhaps more pertinently work up an appetite, we will make sure that you are well rewarded for your efforts once you reach the coast! A tasty and well-earned portion of fish and chips right on Lytham Green awaits the riders who tackle this brand new sportive. Theres nothing quite like lunch by the sea!

Sigma Sports West Coast Classic Sportive

July

Sigma Sports West Coast Classic Sportive

At the height of summer, the Cotswolds will be at their immaculate best and what better way to enjoy them than by bike as you navigate the intertwining lanes and tackle the rolling hills. With all three routes barely leaving the confines of this area of natural beauty the event showcases the region like never before. Constantly undulating from start to finish the rapid succession of climbs and descents will keep you on your toes all day, and although those in the first half of the ride are relatively tame, those in the later stages pack a significantly bigger punch. Rising up the ridge from Broadway, Snowshill Road is the big wake up call after the gentle start and will have you climbing for over eight kilometres before you reach the summit. With the epic route heading south the ups become bigger and so do the downs as you head south to Bourton Hill then loop back via Clapton-on-the-hill and the last big test of the day Rissington Road. Climbing up and through the pretty village of Rissington, winding between its pristine stone cottages and manicured gardens this is the quintessential Cotswolds climb, and at 2.3 kilometres long with an average of 5% a pretty tough one too round of a wonderful day.

Ride Cotswolds

July

Ride Cotswolds

Dont be deceived by the picturesque Warwickshire scenery on view in the Wiggle Tempest the countryside climbs will creep up on you soon enough as you cross the River Avon and pass through a number of quaint and pretty old typically English villages.

Ride Warwickshire Sportive

July

Ride Warwickshire Sportive

Sportives don't get much more stunning than this ride through the Mendips Hills. Consistently voted as one of the best locations for cycling in the UK, the route dips into Cheddar Gorge which possesses a beauty, and a climb, that will take your breath away.

Sigma Sports Mendips Sportive

July

Sigma Sports Mendips Sportive

An early summer sportive test lays in wait in the Sigma Sports Wiltshire Wildcat Sportive, which criss-crosses the Medieval drovers trails the area is famous for, passes through numerous Saxon villages, and offers magnificent views across the Dorset Downs, all in a days riding.

Wiltshire Wildcat Sportive

August

Wiltshire Wildcat Sportive

This route explores the best cycling Yorkshire has to offer including many of the roads used for the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart linked together via quiet scenic lanes. The route is a real mix of Yorkshire cycling routes, taking in quiet undulating roads to long slogs up to the high, exposed moors that deliver dramatic views across stunning landscapes.

Sigma Yorkshire Tour Sportive

August

Sigma Yorkshire Tour Sportive

As stunning as it is challenging, the Wiggle Wye Valley Warrior sportive bridges the gap between England and Wales and gives you the best views, climbs and cycling roads of the border towns and villages of both states.

Starting out from Chepstow Racecourse, youll head for one of the main attractions straight away as youll tackle the hills of the Wye Valley first of all. Following the River Wye all the way, darting left and right as do the roads youre sure to enjoy the ride alongside the water. Sit up and absorb the stunning cliff faces and river below before criss-crossing once more and heading into England.

Once on the English part of the course, youll enter the Forest of Dean soon after leaving Wales. One or two small climbs wait in the Forests sheltered and remote roads, but they shouldnt make you too uncomfortable to enjoy the tranquillity and wilderness along the wooded roads.

Heading up through Ruspidge, youll bear left at Nailbridge and head west once more. Around Upper Lydbrook, youll meet the River Wye again and pass over it, although much closer inland compared to before. The winding country lanes continue, as the undulating terrain around the Welsh and English border will keep pushing you along on up-and-down sections.

Crossing the River Wye yet again, youre back on Welsh soil and on the home straight, although theres still time for a sizeable loop to harness the unique rolling hills in the area. The last couple of hills might smart with tired legs, but youd expect nothing less on such a comprehensive border-crossing tour of the valleys.

Wiggle Wye Valley Warrior

August

Wiggle Wye Valley Warrior

Much like the New Forest Spring sportive, which runs earlier in the year, this event also takes pride in being a must do on many cyclists tick lists. As a result, this has also sold out long before the day on each of the years it has run, so book now to avoid disappointment.

New Forest 100 Sportive

September

New Forest 100 Sportive

The Chiltern Hills double up their uses in the Chiltern Classic sportive: not only do the winding roads make for some inspired climbing action on the bike, the hills are also a sight to behold whether viewed from the bottom, the top or halfway up on a demanding test of stamina.

Straight out of the starting blocks, this ride will have you going through the gears as we ease you in on a gradual gradient, moving out of the Adams Park departure point in High Wycombe, before making you familiar with the kind of swooping descent that drops as much as youll have to make up soon after, a common trait for this swooping course.

Once youve crossed under the M40, the gradient settles and youre free to get into your own rhythm, pace and time, not dictated by hill climbs, making this a great mid-season test for riders keen on testing their hand against the clock on a kinder course.

Once youre past the outskirts of Thame, youll find yourself among peerless views across the Aylesbury Vale district in an area lined with quaint and quiet villages as you traverse the sheltered country lanes that link them. On leaving the loop exclusive to Epic course riders just east of Oxford youll enter the Chiltern Hills area once more on the way back to base.

A handful of manageable climbs wait before you can claim your finishers medal, t-shirt and PowerBar recovery product, and hopefully youll have enough left in the tank to enjoy these on completion of a rewarding day out on the bike!

Chiltern Classic Sportive

September

Chiltern Classic Sportive

As the name of this sportive suggests, its all about hills on this ride-out as youll take in the best of them atop the chalky cliffs of the historic Jurassic Coast in Dorset. If youve got what it takes to beat the Wiggle Purbeck Hill-a-Saurus, line up for a mix of challenging climbs, fast-flowing technical single track and swooping descents.

Wiggle Purbeck Hill-a-Saurus MTB

September

Wiggle Purbeck Hill-a-Saurus MTB

The UKCE Fell Beast Sportive has been tailored to be the most spectacular course we have ever designed. With almost 7,000ft of Cumbrian climbing to tackle over the Epic route, the Beast will test you on some tough climbs yet reward you with a series of scintillating descents mixed with gentle drops that allow you to take in some of the most impressive views in the country.

Fell Beast

September

Fell Beast

The Forest of Bowland Sportive is a tough early-season test for the legs with over 8,000ft of climbing to tackle but you will be given just reward with superb sights and scenery as the Cumbria sportive rolls through two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Forest of Bowland

September

Forest of Bowland

The Le Tricolore Sportive, previously known as the French Resistance, is one of our fastest-selling sportives. Bag a place on this ride as soon as you can for a ticket to one of the best overseas one-day bike trips there is.

After meeting in Dover, well provide you with your rider number on board the ferry and youll be free to begin pedalling as soon as we disembark on the other side of the English Channel. This event serves as a perfect introduction into riding on the Continent, offering participants a snapshot of rural France the spiritual home of cycling.

Le Tricolore Sportive

September

Le Tricolore Sportive

Set around one of the most popular cycling climbs in the South East, the Sigma Sports Box Hill Original is the sportive that should be on every riders calendar. Ranging from 30 miles up to the big 100, these routes all take in parts of the London Olympic road race 2012 that saw Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins tackle as they fought for gold.

Taking place towards the end of the season, this is a perfect goal to aim for before easing off over the winter.

Box Hill Original Sportive

October

Box Hill Original Sportive

You might think that ay up is nothing more than an affectionate greeting in this part of the world, but the phrase also hints at what youll be doing in the Ay Up sportive youll head up, then up, then up once more, on a series of testing hill climbs along the route.

Heading out from Thirsk Racecourse, youll be able to designate the first few miles to settling into the ride and warming up for the lung-busting climb challenges that are yet to come. In this early, sedate part of the course youll be given the opportunity to appreciate the surrounding scenery, before heading up the first climb, which will in turn give you excellent views of the Thirsk area. Indeed, gorgeous scenery is part and parcel of this ride but so too is pain!

Ay Up! Yorkshire Sportive

October

Ay Up! Yorkshire Sportive

Our iconic Cycling Weekly Box Hill Original is one that should be on every sportive riders calendar. Set in what is rapidly becoming one of the most popular cycling areas in the country, this days riding takes in the best Surrey can offer. Taking place towards the end of the season, this is a great chance to get a long ride in before a well-deserved break before the winter training starts.

Including some of the roads of the 2012 Olympic road race, in particular the famous zigzags of Box Hill itself, everyone is welcome to follow in the tyre tracks of the pros. The route is varied, with challenging climbs, stunning scenery and the winding leafy lanes of Surrey.

Cycling Weekly Box Hill Original

October

Cycling Weekly Box Hill Original

The original and the best. Lakeland Monster Miles is the toughest both physically and technically of all the events, offering a full take of the best of Lakeland riding, and is a great way to end your Cyclocross season.

Lakeland riding throws some unique challenges at riders and it's not just the rocks and mud that make it interesting. Steep gradients and relentless climbing with a bit of typical Lakeland weather thrown in makes the Monster Miles a tough but satisfying day out.

The route starts from Fitz Park in Keswick allegedly the wettest town in England on a tree covered disused railway line, the first off-road sector is a great warm up with a rock filled river below and occasional glimpses of distant hills- a taste of the spectacular views to come.

If you are lucky with the weather, bursts of golden light will be filtering through the trees as the valley starts to take on the colours of Autumn. Once off the old railway you are onto quiet lanes with barely any traffic as you climb up into the hills.

Both the Massif and Mini-Massif follow the same route until the cut off shortly after Cockermouth, with the Mini Massif missing out a section around Loweswater, and the final and highest climb of the day in Whinlatter Forest. The climb through Whinlatter is a long slog up the forest roads, and though your lungs will be burning, it is soon forgotten once you start dropping away down the trails, losing all the hard won height on a glorious descent.

Lakeland Monster Miles Adventure Cross

October

Lakeland Monster Miles Adventure Cross

This end-of-season South Downs 100 event is unique. Not only can you pit your wits against a challenging course spanning Hampshire and Sussex, but youll also be able to take on one of the climbs against the clock on closed roads... a real chance to give it your all, as if you were gunning for a polka dot jersey.

If a timed hill-climb wasnt enough as part of a sportive, then notching up a century adds an extra layer of attraction to the discerning endurance rider. With a whole feast of ascents to tuck in to youll have certainly earned the right to feel proud at the end of this classic event.

Heading out from Chichester, well start you out on a gradual climb, easing you into a day comprising over 5,000 feet of ascent. The road takes you north and soon enough youll be in amid the whale-backed mounds of the South Downs. Make yourself at home the national park and its numerous ups and downs will be your host for the whole day. Be prepared for one particularly rapid descent just after Duncton indeed, as well as testing your ability to climb, the route is peppered with technical drops, testing both your handling and your nerve.

South Downs 100 Sportive

October

South Downs 100 Sportive

Taking its name from the shoe-making history of its Northamptonshire surroundings, the Sigma Sports Cobbler Classic Sportive will take you through some of the countys best sights and cycling roads.

Cobbler Classic

October

Cobbler Classic

Put your summer training to the test in the Exmouth Ex-terminator in what is, as the name suggests, an event that is difficult to beat with its numerous tough climbs. Reflective of a true Devon sportive, with a tough, undulating hilly landscape the hard work will be worth it with unspoilt sea views, patchwork field views and quiet back roads reflective of the region.

Starting from Bicton College youll head towards the coast first of all as you reach the up-and-down gradients around Budleigh. Continuing to follow the stunning coastline, take in the sea views as you ride past Sidmouth and touch the tip of the stunning Salcombe Regis.

Just as you think the gradient is settling down when youre heading out towards Seaton, itll slowly start to ramp up once more until you reach a momentary climbing peak, rolling along the top of a plateau, before plunging into another series of hilly drops and climbs.

Crossing over the A303, youll head in-land. Eventually, youll reach the last climb of note before reaching Tiverton from which point its relatively plain sailing all the way back to ride HQ for a finishers medal, t-shirt and PowerBar recovery product. If this ride hasnt terminated you, were sure youll be saying Ill be back for more.

Exmouth Ex-terminator Sportive

October

Exmouth Ex-terminator Sportive

The Forest Ranger Sportive offers beautiful, undulating English countryside on a ride that will take you through the best and most scenic parts of East Staffordshire and Leicestershire counties, also encapsulating the most enticing cycling roads around The National Forest.

Starting from Uttoxeter Racecourse, the course heads south, circumnavigating Blithfield Reservoir to Abbots Bromley, where the route moves west to enter the National Forest at Newborough.

Working the way west to Barton-under-Needwood, Short riders head north and split at this point, while Standard and Epic riders bear south, winding the way through the quiet and tranquil country lanes that last until the outskirts of Twycross are reached.

Next, its onto Measham for the second split of the day. Standard riders will go out eastwards while Epic riders go south for a loop that takes in the sleepy towns of Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Moira among others, before rejoining the rest of the course at Netherseal.

From here the course heads back east and into Barton-under-Needwood once again, where the sportive ventures north through the Needwood Forest, finally leaving the National Forest at Marchington for the final leg back to ride HQ, where a finishers medal and t-shirt wait for you on crossing the line.

Forest Ranger Sportive

October

Forest Ranger Sportive

This is a sportive of two halves for Standard and Epic riders, at least. Those taking part in the longer ride will take in both parts on an afternoon spent on the best rolling roads in Northamptonshire. The route is typical of the county without too many climbing challenges, while taking in stunning villages lined with limestone houses and elegant churches, as well as a number of other prominent sights.

Beginning at Turweston Aerodrome, Westbury, the route heads out to explore the brilliant surrounding countryside by taking in fast and technical back lanes around Shalstone, Dadford and Abthorpe, before skirting around Towcester and moving north towards the first feed stop of the day.

The sportive has one climb to challenge you and this will come later on. For now, you can enjoy the areas swooping countryside as short and sharp climbs are met with rewarding descent action. As you cruise through the rural roads, youll be able to enjoy views around Farnborough Park, Burton Country Park, Litchborough Park and Boddington Reservoir.

When the Standard loop is coming to a close, Epic riders head out onto their own loop. This half features the most testing climbing action of the day and is a must for those really looking to get the most out of their day in the saddle.

Eventually youll reach Burton County Park, where the days true testing climb will separate the tired and the tenacious. This comes around 60 miles in, so will take some beating, but is followed by a rewarding rolling route back to the finish line, so will be worth the extra effort, and the commitment of taking on the extra circuit.

Hawker Hurricane Sportive- 2018

October

Hawker Hurricane Sportive- 2018

The Devils Punch takes in the best of the North Downs and the surrounding area including the Devils Punch Bowl, from which it takes its name - for some of the best hill-packed, fun riding in Hampshire and Surrey.

A little shorter than most other rides to reflect the time of year, this could be the perfect wind-down for your legs as an end-of-season test.

The start of the route is kind on the legs, giving you chance to warm up as youll head out of the Holybourne start point, near Alton. The gradient will lead you mostly downhill before facing the first small climb of the day, on the sheltered back roads near Ropley Dean soon after which the first feed stop awaits to give you chance to recover.

The course continues east, travelling through small villages such as Lower Farringdon, Sellborne and Blackmoor. Looping around the outskirts of Bordon, its soon time to take on the Devils Punch Bowl, which is where the true challenge of the day lies in wait. The scenery around the attraction is worth the effort while itll test your legs on the short yet sharp climbs, the scenery is incredible.

Few challenges will present themselves as dramatically as this, but there is still the matter of the amount of miles youll need to cover before crossing the finish line. A series of fast descents and steep climbs stand between you and a medal on a tough but very rewarding ride.

Devils Punch Sportive – 2018

November

Devils Punch Sportive – 2018

As the light draws in and the evenings get shorter, youll want to get out on the bike when you can. The Royal Flyer is the perfect autumn sportive taking in the Royal Sandringham Estate in Norfolk and the tree-lined avenues around it, allowing you to charge through the autumnal leaves on the ground before crossing the finish line for a well-earned end-of-season break.

Setting off from the event centre on Fakenham Racecourse, this sportive starts off with a few gentle climbs as riders will head east and roll through the pretty villages of Guist and Hindrigham, and onto the equally-appealing St Marys Benedictine Priory and Binham.

Staying inland, youll continue westwards on this typically flat section of east England heading through South Creake, Stanhoe and Docking. A feed station gives riders chance to catch their breath before the route enters the grounds of the Sandringham Estate, which always looks grand in autumnal colours.

Only a short ride then separates you from the royal grounds and a finishers medal back in Fakenham, passing the Royal Stud and continuing on back lanes through Anmer, East Rudham and Helhoughton. The short climbs on the Royal Flyer may test untrained legs but this should be a welcome challenge for more seasoned riders to get a fast sportive time in the bag before turning to the turbo for winter.

Royal Flyer Sportive 2018

November

Royal Flyer Sportive 2018

The Kent Classic Sportive has been designed to take you out of Surrey and into Kent for what will surely be a memorable day in the saddle. With three routes to choose from, The Kent Classic Sportive has something to offer cyclists of all abilities, whether youre a beginner or someone that likes a bit of a challenge - all the while soaking in some of the best countryside Britain has to offer. After all, Kent is called The Garden of England for a reason!

Kent Classic Sportive

November

Kent Classic Sportive

The backdrop of West Sussexs share of the South Downs is arguably one of the best with which you can conclude your trail-seeking cycling season. This December event will give you chance to wrap up your off-road calendar in the tranquillity of the National Park as you take in swooping downhill sections and great views out on the compact wooded course.

Leaving from Fontwell Racecourse, youll head out and cross over the A27, past Eartham and over Nore Hill before entering the South Downs loop, which heads around the area in a clockwise motion passing through trails and zig-zagging in and out of fast runs in the dense woodland area, which varies in terrain consistently.

Shortly after the Standard and Epic routes split, the longer route heads into the South Downs park for some fast single track trails, before skirting around the base of Court Hill to come back out and re-join the main clockwise loop that continues on the hills through East Dean, and Charlton, then heading into the wooded section once more for more narrow trails.

The section of the ride from Heyshott Down to Littleton Down is quick and free-flowing, as it sticks to wider main trails on rolling terrain. Youll be able to appreciate the woodland at speed before one last technical part of the route, which is steep to climb but fast in return going downhill, from the point of the second feed stop around Barlavington Down and across Farm Hill and beyond.

Soon enough, youll be on the final straight once heading out of the National Park circular loop. The lateness of this event in the calendar may conspire with the weather to ensure you cross the finish line caked in mud, but youll be able to wash away the evidence of a great ride in idyllic surroundings when you get back to the ride HQ.

Wiggle Fallen Leaves MTB Sportive 2018

November

Wiggle Fallen Leaves MTB Sportive 2018

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