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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.

Trending Road Cycling events August 2018

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Rise Above, the official sportive of Mark Cavendish, will return this summer with three new and exciting routes around Cheltenham and the Cotswolds Area of Natural Beauty.

Taking place on Sunday 5 August, the third edition of the 30-time Tour de France stage winners sportive will provide a challenging test for all riders, similar to those challenges professional riders face every time they race.

Cavendish will once again be the official starter of the sportive, before taking to the roads to complete one of the rides that he has helped create.

The three circular routes on offer are:

Enthusiast 50 kilometres with 697m elevation gain
Purist 105km with 1,388m of elevation gain
Extremist 153km with 1,845m of elevation gain

Speaking about the event Mark Cavendish said, Im very excited to announce the return of my Rise Above Sportive. We have been working on the return of the event for some time and I am looking forward to taking the Sportive to the beautiful roads of the Cotswolds.

The parcours weve chosen for all three routes will be really special and testing for any level of rider so there is a great opportunity for people of all abilities to take part and join me. I hope to see you there after the Tour de France.

This years Rise Above Sportive starts and finishes at Cheltenham Racecourse, one of the worlds most famous horse racing venues. All three routes will tackle the arduous Cleeve Hill, which featured in last years OVO Energy Tour of Britain race, and features sections that reach a 25 per cent gradient.

Riders who sign up for the two longer distances will also test themselves on the energy-sapping Snowshill climb, a three-kilometre ascent that gradually increases in severity, which will be a part of the OVO Energy Womens Tour in June, as well as having previously featured in the mens Tour.

Rise Above Sportive

Prestbury, Gloucestershire, GB
Rise Above Sportive
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Welcome to the awesome Tour de Mon - the cycle sportive which takes you around the beautiful island of Anglesey.

In 2016 we welcomed over 1400 cyclists to the shores of Newry Beach in Holyhead who all enjoyed a memorable day exploring the roads and scenery of this amazing unspoilt island and 2017 is set to be even bigger and better.

The Tour de Mon is one of the best sportives in the country. The Tour de Mon will take you to the most beautiful and iconic locations on this wonderful island of Anglesey. Boasting possibly the most beautiful coastline in the whole of the UK, Anglesey is one of Britains best kept secrets and we want to share it with you.

Tour De Mon

Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey, GB
3 races
£35.99£41.99
Tour De Mon

The Devon Cycling Weekender is 115 miles of amazing countryside on mainly traffic-free routes and trails taking you from ilfracombe on the north coast of Devon to Salcombe on the south coast. The tour combines the beaches and estuaries of North Devon with the lush green valleys of the Torridge, the Tavy, the Walkham and other evocative West Country rivers. The route also skirts round the western flank of Dartmoor offering superb views of Cornwall and Devon and finishes in the picturesque town of Salcombe on the South coast.

Cycle the ancient county of Devon, defined by sandy beaches, fossil cliffs, medieval towns and moorland national parks. The English Riviera is a series of picturesque, south-coast harbour towns including Dartmouth, Illfracombe and Brixham. The South West Coast Path follows the coastline, taking in the towering cliffs of the northern Exmoor Coast and rock formations on the fossil-rich southern Jurassic Coast.

The route between Ilfracombe and Salcombe is 192 km. long, on mainly traffic-free routes. The tour combines the beaches and estuaries of North Devon with the lush green valleys of the Torridge, the Tavy, the Walkham and other evocative West Country rivers. The route also skirts round the western flank of Dartmoor offering superb views of Cornwall and the surrounding area. There is also many local links and spurs to explore. Largely tracing the course of former railway lines, the route takes you through tunnels and across the breathtaking viaducts and bridges bequeathed by Victorian railway engineers.

Devon Cycling Holiday – August (1)

Ilfracombe, Devon, GB
Devon Cycling Holiday – August (1)

Taunton Flyer Sportive: Saturday 4th August 2018
The Taunton Flyer sportive, now in its fifth year, takes place from Taunton Racecourse on Saturday 4th August 2018.

The Taunton Flyer is themed around the wartime airfields of East Devon and Somerset, with routes that pass RAF Exeter (Exeter Airport), RAF Dunkeswell, RAF Upottery (Smeatharpe), RAF Culmhead, RAF Merryfield, and RAF Westonzoyland. We also have a full scale replica Spitfire Aircraft (the only one in the world!) on display at the event HQ. Guided tours of the cockpit will be available and there will be a draw prize in support of SSAFA for the privilege to sit in the aircraft and fire up its Merlin Meteor Engine.

This spectacular early season sportive, offers some nice, flat, open, flowing roads combined with a couple of testing climbs in the Blackdown Hills.

The Taunton Flyer offers you a choice of three routes:

The Spitfire (55 km / 34 miles)
The Dakota (119 km / 74 miles)
The Wellington (184 km / 114 miles)
All routes are well signed and fully supported. We have well stocked feed stations with a wide selection of sweet & savory foods, plus hot and cold drinks.

The sportive includes electronic chip timing (with split points) providing you with an official completion time, plus Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals are awarded to all finishers according to the medal standards for each age and gender category.

Taunton Flyer Sportive

Taunton, GB
Taunton Flyer Sportive

200km cycling event starting from Burnley, Lancashire. Controls at Slaidburn, Tan Hill Inn and Gargrave.

A 200 km Audax, long-distance cycling event from Lancashire to the Yorkshire Dales and back again - in a day! Uses commercial controls throughout.

Tan Hill 200

Burnley, Lancashire, GB
Tan Hill 200

Starting from Plumpton, we're perfectly set to explore the best of the South Downs. The ride begins with a short warm-up loop, before going over the infamous Ditchling Beacon. Youll get full 360-degree views from here, and the sea will be in your sights. Heading off to Lewes you'll then ride towards Glyndebourne and Alfriston before looping back inland and heading for home. This is a stunning route full of challenging climbs and rewarding views that should offer something for everyone, and with 4 different routes to choose from, this is the perfect summer challenge.

Evans Cycles Brighton Road Sportive

Plumpton, East Sussex, GB
4 races
£7.50£25
Evans Cycles Brighton Road Sportive

The Saddleback Sodbury Sportive is must do sportive for all levels of cyclists. Some wonderful countryside, quiet lanes and beautiful views are there to be enjoyed.

A choice of 3 distances (100 miles, 60 miles or 30 miles) will take riders along well signed (over 700 signs) and marshalled routes. Mechanical support at the start and along the route will be provided as well as a broom wagon to collect struggling riders.

Feed Stations along the route promise to refresh riders with a generous selection of homemade food combining the essential with some treats for those with a little more time to spare. Feed Stations will also have a track pump and inner tubes in case you need to get your tyre back to full pressure or top up on spare tubes.

Returning to Chipping Sodbury there will be free hot food, massages from the experts at the Toll House Clinic and time to relax with a drink from the bar

Sodbury Sportive

Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire, GB
Sodbury Sportive

Events are at held at the world famous Castle Combe race circuit and provide safe, traffic free racing. The Castle Combe 10 mile TT series is back in 2018. Events are at held at the world famous Castle Combe race circuit and provide safe, traffic free racing.

The five-race series on the super-smooth surface will again be sponsored by Kinetic-One. DB Max Precision Timing will provide the results and the lap splits for every competitor. Competitors go off at 30 second intervals at each event throughout the year.

Kinetic-One Tt Series – Race 5

Castle Combe, Wiltshire, GB
1 race
£10£22
Kinetic-One Tt Series – Race 5

Our fully supported route takes in long, steep climbs over some of the highest passes in the Lake District and some equally impressive descents that will really blow the cobwebs away. We will pass woodland and pine forests, lakes, streams and moorland quilted with purple heather.

The support we receive on this ride is second to none - we take care of everything one could ever require from a cycling challenge - from transporting luggage, providing refreshment stops and meals, arranging accommodation to taking care of all our needs; mechanical, logistical and personal! Some say our support crew are the best in the market, and its no surprise why!

From the stunning mountains of the Lake District to the beautiful open moors of the Northern Pennines all you have to do is hop on your bike and enjoy! Two coastlines, one objective. Join us today on this awesome charity bike ride!

Coast to Coast Cycle – August 2018

Whitehaven, Cumbria, GB
1 race
£425£850
Coast to Coast Cycle – August 2018

The Vale of York and the Yorkshire Wolds, plus the magnificent Castle Howard and the Howardian Hills (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) are just some of the highlights youll see on the York 100 charity cycling sportive. You can experience some of the best cycling terrain in England on this bike ride raising funds for vital medical research to help sick and disabled babies and children.

If you are relatively new to cycling you may want to try our Classic 68 mile route which will provide you with a great ride and a fantastic challenge. Or if youre an experienced cyclist or sportive rider the Champion route at 100 miles is the perfect distance to push yourself to the limit.

Join the Action Medical Research team on this charity cycling event and enjoy a great day in the saddle with first class support throughout the day.

York 100

Heslington, York, GB
York 100

A new twist on the classic sportive, the Hampshire Hills Beach Cruiser is a sportive with the atmosphere of a summer club run to the beach. Starting from Petersfield in hte shadow of Butser Hill, the route winds you up over the mighty South Downs, then sweeps through the pick of the twisting country lanes to the south coast, delivering you to the sea front at Hayling Island.
Once you hit the beach, you can relax, enjoy the sea breeze, and grab a bite and cuppa at the beach-side checkpoint. Our team will be there with a support station that acts as the finish for the Short ride, or your midway checkpoint for the Full Route. Thats it; if you rode the Short Route, your riding is done. All thats left to do is to enjoy the beach, maybe arrange to meet family or friends to spend a few hours before giving you a lift back to your car or back home.

If youre riding the Full Route, after your beach stop youll get back on the bike to make your way back up country to finish at the event base at Petersfield (where you started). In the spirit of the chilled theme of the day, were being nice to you though. The route back is a little shorter and more direct than the ride out; nobody wants to have the bulk of their ride in front of them after a cake stop or lunch at the beach! Oh, and yes you will be timed for this ride, but the time you spend at the beach stop wont be included in your overall time. Just make sure that you check in and out through the timing station and well deduct your beach time from your ride time in the final results. After all, a good day on the bike means only being in a hurry when you want to be, right?

Hampshire Hills Beach Cruiser

Petersfield, Hampshire, GB
2 races
£18£25
Hampshire Hills Beach Cruiser

The Wiggle Steeple Chase sportive does largely what it says on the tin. With a plethora of historic church steeples, we pit the task to you to traverse the tranquil lanes of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Leicestershire along which the eponymous spires are abundant. However, despite this rides playful name, the terrain profile which comprises a series of peaks throughout the routes entirety is a sobering image

Starting in Huntingdon, just a stone's throw away from the historic university town of Cambridge, riders roll out on the ultimate Cambridge sportive from 7:30am. Soon after riders find themselves rolling along the punchy climbs and rolling descents throughout the Cambridgeshire sportive.

Normally known as the flat lands to locals, weve scoped out the best climbs that Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Leicestershire have to offer. These hills may not be the steepest, but with one ascent following the other the Steeple Chase doesnt offer up a great deal of respite, and you will be kept on your toes until the finishing line.

The summits, however strength sapping they may be, will afford you a vantage point from where to see the next steeple to chase, as you point your two wheels downhill and dip back into middle Englands leafy lanes.

Wiggle Steeple Chase Sportive

Huntingdon, GB
3 races
£3£45
Wiggle Steeple Chase Sportive

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