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What you need to know about Road Cycling

Discover UK and International Road Cycling events. Featuring Sportives, Gran Fondos and Charity Bike Rides in our 2018 Cycling Calendar. Cycling is a hugely popular sport but can sometimes seem a closely guarded secret, there’s a lot of jargon and kit but once you pop, you absolutely can’t stop. It’s a great weekend activity, go with friends and cruise round city parks or country lanes, you’ll be addicted in no time.

Different road cycling event types

We sort our cycling events by Short (0-50km), Medium (50-100km), Long (100-200km) and Ultra (200km+). Most of these are Sportives. Here are some cycling event names defined:

  • Gran Fondo — a mass participation cycling event at least 120km long. A large event with closed roads, usually chip timed. People travel all over Europe to compete in these events.
  • Century — a cycle of 100 miles (160.9 km) or more within 12 hours, usually as a club sponsored event. A large event with closed roads, people can get there PBs here. Usually chip timed.
  • Sportives — most of the cycling events on our site are sportives, these are the most popular endurance cycling events. They’re held all over the world and rarely exclude traffic. They’re more relaxed and whilst people do go for PBs it’s a much more convivial atmosphere than the more formal Gran Fondo races.

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The Tour de Pirinexus is a cycling challenge taking place for the second year running in 2018 between 26th - 30th September 2018.

In 2017 we raised funds for ABF The Soldiers Charity. This year we will be fundraising for The Cure Parkinsons Trust - the only charity in the UK solely dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinsons.

Based on the Pirinexus route, the event takes place over 3 days and loops between Spain and France over the shoulders of the Pyrenees. Starting in Girona, a cycling hub for over a quarter of pro Tour cyclists, the route will wend along the regions beautiful backroads linking the villages, towns and wonderful wineries of the Empord. 300km in total through an array of stunning mountain and rural landscapes, with the best of local Catalan wine and cuisine to match!

Once you have made the booking through Let's Do This, the Bacchus on Bikes team will be in touch for further details before your trip!

Tour de Pirinexus Cycling Challenge – Autumn

Girona, Catalunya, ES
Tour de Pirinexus Cycling Challenge – Autumn
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The Great Trail Race is an epic point to point route between Truckee and Tahoe City, CA that you can either Ride or Run. Choose one of two course options, Elite or Classic. The Elite course adds in more technically challenging terrain and distance. Make the event the goal of your summer training, then dig deep and beat your age-group rivals. Or set your own pace and enjoy a beautiful Tahoe mountain bike ride, Tahoe trail run or walk through the Sierra forest. Whatever your speed, wear the T-shirt with pride year around.

Great Trail Race

Truckee, California, US
2 races
$50$150
Great Trail Race
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Come experience one of the most scenic events in California, Run Long Beach. Starting in Downtown Long Beach, runners head towards the historic Queen Mary and then through Shoreline Village. After running next to the Pacific Ocean on the flat beach path, half marathoners will continue down Ocean Boulevard while full marathoners veer right and head through Belmont Shore toward Marine Stadium.

JetBlue Long Beach Marathon

Long Beach, California, US
JetBlue Long Beach Marathon
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"Il Lombardia" - Also known as Tour of Lombardy, it is the final Monument of the season. Finish your season in style staying with us in the beautiful Lake Como area. We will have a selection of hotels and once the route is announced then we will update. Early registration is recommended.

With the Il Lombardia pro race held the day before, you can watch the best 1 day riders in the world and then tackle the same course the very next day. This is one of our most popular packages on the Season Calendar and makes a great getaway to finish off your cycling year.

Good availability and cost of UK flights and quick airport transfers, Lake Como has it all; lake views, smooth coastal roads, climbs of all proportions and, of course, a rich cycling heritage. Il Lombardia serves as the best end of season event, earning its nickname, 'the race of the falling leaves'.

Il Lombardia Sportive

Lombardia, IT
Il Lombardia Sportive
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Ride with former Welsh Rugby Union star Shane Williams MBE at this last club, Amman Utd RFC. It just so happens to be an ideal starting location to explore the surrounding countryside of Carmarthenshire by bike. And what a countryside it is; the roads, hills and vistas are among some of the best cycling routes in the UK.

You will go over the impressive Black Mountain, through the Brecon Beacons National park, ride through the centre of the historic Welsh market towns of Llandovery and Brecon as well as the numerous picturesque valley villages and hamlets and mountain passes along the way. All with a mixture of decent climbs, technical downhills and nice long flat stretches. The two course are challenging but also achievable for all and with the timing of the event being mid October its ideal for one last ride of the season, or a social gathering after a hard season of competing or even a personal challenge to build up to throughout the year. There's something for everyone.

Tour De Shane – The Amman Adventure

Glanaman, Sir Gaerfyrddin, GB
2 races
£32£35
Tour De Shane – The Amman Adventure
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Teams of 6 riders will pedal 121km of scenic beauty on the Great Ocean Road, through the beautiful and magnificent Otway's. The ride begins and ends at the Lorne Surf Life Saving Club and loops on an alternating course through Skenes Creek, Forrest and Deans Marsh.

The price of this event is $50 per person / $300 per team.

GORC Arno Caras Classic 2018

Lorne, Victoria, AU
GORC Arno Caras Classic 2018
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The C.ex McDonalds Cycle Challenge is conducted on the beautiful north coast of NSW, centred around Coffs Harbour. The rides start and finish at the scenic Coffs Harbour Jetty.

The event caters for competitive and recreational cyclists and regularly draws around 850 riders. Distances for the 2018 event include 165km, 100km, 60km, 30km and 10km rides.

The newly created 165km ride, and the 100km ride, takes cyclists through picturesque rainforest, beside creeks and ocean. There are no closed roads but the route is on good quality roads now used as village service roads due to the relocation of the Pacific Highway. The route has enough challenging hills to make it a spectacular ride.

And to add to the excitement of this years rides, there will be criterions conducted on Saturday 27th October on First Avenue, Sawtell. Riders will ride under the fig tree canopy of First Avenue, while fans and family can watch from the many coffee shops on the route. Just one block back from the beach, these criterions are sure to be a great hit with locals and visiting cyclist.

Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge

Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, AU
5 races
AUD $20AUD $100
Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge
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A fantastic recreational ride for enthusiastic cyclists with a few hills, traversing alongside orchards, vineyards and meandering hills with amazing views of the scenic countryside before an easy ride back to Bendigo. This is an awesome ride for riders of all levels who are up for a weekend spin!

They offer a choice of five routes designed to suit everyone from the serious, lycra-clad bike riders, occasional weekend riders and families who want to have a fun day out meandering through the surrounding picturesque countryside of Central Victoria.

The rides range in distance from 10km (perfect for families) right up to 100km for those wanting more of a challenge. On the day their local Service Clubs will be providing BBQ brekky and therell be entertainment for our valued supporters at the Bendigo Town Hall.

Bendigo Cycling Classic

Bendigo, Victoria, AU
5 races
AUD $10AUD $115
Bendigo Cycling Classic
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Ride the 2018 Tour of Margaret River in Jens Voigts Breakaway! Thursday 8 - Sunday 11 November.

If you dont have a team, or if youre not up for racing, you can still experience the entire Tour of Margaret River on the Breakaway with none other than the worlds most famous breakaway specialist, Jens Voigt.

The event begins with the Media Fondo ride on 8 November, and is followed by the three stages of the Tour of Margaret River from 9-11 November. Riders are also invited to take part in the two Great Southern Land rides in Albany and Denmark on 3&4 November.

Tour of Margaret River – Breakaway with Jens

Nannup, Western Australia, AU
Tour of Margaret River – Breakaway with Jens
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The Tour of Margaret River is the ultimate experience for your cycling team. The unique format of the Tour means that amateur cyclists can compete directly against riders from the pro tour peloton. Designed especially for teams, TOMR is a highly tactical race where competitors are allocated points in a way specific to each stage.

With over 100 teams participating annually, the Tour of Margaret River is one of the largest competitive road cycling events in Australia.

'Tour of Margaret River - The Race' covers 259km over 4 days, from 8-11 November 2018. The event costs $2160 per team of six/$360 per rider.

Tour of Margaret River – The Team Race

Nannup, Western Australia, AU
1 race
AUD $2,160
Tour of Margaret River – The Team Race
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Come out and experience Orange Countys best bike ride! The Saddleback Spring Classic Gran Fondo has a ride distance for you no matter what your experience or fitness level may be. You'll enjoy the best of what Orange County has to offer while "Pedaling to Cure Pediatric Cancer". All participants will get an amazing finishers medal and event T-shirt to memorialize your day, with an option to upgrade to a one of a kind event cycling jersey.

With five routes to choose from, you can select the best course for your ability. All of the courses will provide you a day to remember with fully-stocked rest stops supplied with snacks, gels, bars, carbohydrate/electrolyte drinks and water to keep you fueled and energized.

Saddleback Spring Classic Gran Fondo

Irvine, California, US
5 races
$12$100
Saddleback Spring Classic Gran Fondo

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