Road Cycling events in Ayr September 2018

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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 in Ayr September 2018

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Open your season with this stunning sportive. The Black Legend is the tale of forbidden love, passion and murder, played out on top of the highest and most sacred hill on the Wiltshire Berkshire border and the Black Legend Sportive will take you up this very same hill. Set in the beautiful countryside of the Berkshire, Lambourn and Marlborough Downs, the three well designed, anti-clockwise routes, roll along quiet country lanes passing through picturesque country villages. Each of the three courses starts and finishes at the John OGaunt School in Hungerford.

The Black Legend Epic, Standard and Short

Hungerford, West Berkshire, GB
3 races
£25£29

The Swan Cycle sportive is a fantastic adventure through the Worcestershire countryside from one of the best pubs in Worcestershire taking you along the most scenic routes. With three distances of 10, 30 and 70 miles this sportive is for everyone!

As an end of summer sportive test, The Swan Cycle II pretty much has it all. Weaving around rural roads in the county of Worcestershire the route will give you some challenging climbs, winding roads and amazing views.

We have added an additional Family Ride which is for adults and children (above 12 years of age). The family is a 10 mile route along country roads and passing woods and on a fairly gentle route.

The Fun Ride route has a steady start taking you north through Drayton and Belbroughton until you begin to climb the Clent. You'll then pass through small villages such as a Elmley Lovett, Hartlebury as you head south where you have an opportunity to recharge at a refreshment stop along the way.

Starting to head back towards the Event HQ in Chaddesley Corbett, you'll have a feeling of accomplishment and excitement as you reconvene with your friends and family at The Swan Inn.

For those taking on the Challenge Route you will head south towards Upton Warren along fantastic relatively flats country roads. Coming back around going through Lower and Upper Bentley you will see the Lickey Hills in your sights for one last climb.

From here on in, there is a relatively flattish route towards the finish with the odd spike in gradient, as you can head back through the quiet and undisturbed rural roads at a pace to suit you.

The Swan Cycle

Chaddesley Corbett, Worcestershire, GB
3 races
£15£35

Theres a reason holidaymakers flock to the Cotswolds in their droves its amazingly scenic countryside makes for the perfect weekends cycling. A selection of great climbs and miles of rolling rural roads provide an ideal mix for a day in the saddle.

Soon after you set off from the venue, youll be faced with one of the first major climbing tests of the event straight away. Moving up Round Hill, make sure to catch your breath and check out the magnificent surrounding views as you crest the climb.

Once youve reached the top of this climb, its plain sailing until the next big ascent as you can concentrate on peddling away the miles and taking in the surrounding scenery at the same time. A reassuring downhill drop will open up just before passing Toddington Stanway hold onto your bars, as this is fast one.

Sure enough, as inviting descents come, uphill challenges will lie in wait as youll be out of the saddle again soon after to tackle the next hill between Snowshill and Saintbury. As soon as this is behind you, though, youll be able to power through the final few miles on a series of fast and technical country lanes leading back to Cheltenham. A finishers medal, t-shirt and well-earned PowerBar recovery product wait for you at ride HQ.

Wiggle Cotswolds Sportive

Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GB
3 races
£3£40

137km cycling event starting from Old Ma's Tattenhall, Cheshire. Controls at Chirk, Ponderosa Cafe, Llanarmon-yn-lal and Cross Keys Llanfynydd, plus 3 information controls.

A continuously interesting route through Cheshire lanes into North East Wales. The hilly middle section from Chirk to The Horseshoe Pass summit boasts outstanding mountain views. Scenic return over Hope Mountain.

Momma’s Mountain Views

Chester, GB

A cracking ride in the Scottish Borders. Welcome to the Tour O The Borders, a top class, closed road event which takes you through stunning scenery on beautiful Borders roads.

Starting in the Borders town of Peebles, the Touro route will travel mainly over quiet back roads, and climb several stiff hills along the way. Challenging but rewarding, the routes (short and long) will feature some amazing natural scenery what better way to take your mind off your efforts than by enjoying this beautiful part of Scotland!

Were confident this is the best value-for-money closed road sportive in the country, and its 100% organised by local riders.

Tour O The Borders

Peebles, Scottish Borders, GB
2 races
£68£115

Cycle from the city of York, through the scenic moors and countryside of North Yorkshire. Choose your challenge from 26 and 41-mile routes and join the fight for every heartbeat. Both routes start from the historic city of York and take in some of North Yorkshire's breathtaking countryside.

Heart of York Bike Ride

York, GB
2 races
£15£60

Join us on the 2nd of September at Le Petit Grand Prix and you will quickly find yourself on some of the quietest roads anywhere in the country.

We pride ourselves on detailed route planning, making sure all junctions are safe for cyclists and that the most picturesque areas are included. You won't find yourself stuck on A roads for miles in an ITP Events sportive.

Enter Le Petit Grand Prix and enjoy a trouble free day out on the bike, with comprehensive route signage, gps and printed map, feedstations with a good variety of food to keep you going, including free tea and coffee and mechanical support if you have a problem. Then, when you've finished, collect your medal and enjoy the free hot food and tea and coffee back at Yarborough Leisure Centre.

Le Petit Grand Prix

Lincoln, Lincolnshire, GB

Finish the 2018 Challenge Rides series on a blinder, this is one of our favourite routes! An undulating 20 miles to start with takes us to the foot of the infamous Park Rash, which we think is the toughest climb in the Dales! The reward for reaching the top though is a superb 12 mile descent to the town of Middleham and then on to a great cafe which serves the most wonderful selection of homemade food. Refuelled we catch a bit of the TdF day1 route and then head over to Pateley Bridge ready for the last significant climb of Nought Bank. Save a bit in the tank though as the final few miles are a bit more than rolling!

Challenge Ride 7: Park Rash, Coverdale and Nought Bank

Yockenthwaite, North Yorkshire, GB

The Pedal for Scotland Big Belter is a Sportive ride of 110 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh. The ride uses the same start and finish points as the Classic Challenge ride, but takes a completely separate route through the Scottish Borders, meaning you get the buzz of Scotlands biggest bike event on a quieter route designed for serious road cyclists. The transport service will serve Big Belter riders too, meaning there is an easy and hassle free way to get you and your bike to the start in Glasgow Green, or back home from Edinburgh at the finish.

The route* takes riders through the Southern Uplands and into Edinburgh incorporating the best sections of numerous Scottish cycle racing circuits, including the A77 10 Mile Time Trial, sections of the Moscow APR and the Strathaven Anderside Classic, taking in steep climbs around Muirkirk and undulating stretches across wild moorland. The Big Belter is a much more challenging ride for keen road cyclists.

The Pedal for Scotland Big Belter

Glasgow, Glasgow City, GB

The Cambrian Coast Sportive takes place on 16th September 2017 in some of the UK's most spectacular countryside. Starting from Aberdovey and set entirely within the Snowdonia National Park, the routes follow the coast and beaches, climb the mountains, skirt around lakes and descend through forests, making this arguably the most scenic sportive ride in the country.

In this scantily populated part of the country, well over half of each route is done on minor back roads with smooth tarmac and where cars are seldom seen allowing riders to ride happily side by side.

Highlights of the routes includes the spectacular Cregennan Lakes with its views over the Mawddach Estuary, the coastal road to Fairbourne (10km) right by the sea, the crossing of three estuary bridges and the mighty Bwlch y Groes (aka Hellfire Pass) which is the highest piece of tarmac in Wales and features in Simon Warren's '100 Greatest Cycling Climbs'.

The routes are comprehensively marshalled and sign-posted with 3 feed-stations (5 on the Long route and Big Dog!) and riders benefit from electronic chip timing. You will receive your finishers medal on your return to Aberdovey!

Take time to explore the routes, view the photos and register online via our simple rider entry form. We look forward to welcoming you in September 2017.

Celtic series The Cambrian Coast Sportive is proud to be part of the Celtic Series of cycling events.

Cambrian Coast Sportive

Aberdyfi, Gwynedd, GB

The Chiltern Hills double up their uses in the Wiggle 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!

Wiggle Chiltern Classic Sportive

Fawley, Buckinghamshire, GB
3 races
£3£45

The IOMCC 24 runs alongside the Isle of Man CC to guarantee a great atmosphere for everyone involved in both events.

Youll start and finish in the pit lane at the iconic TT Grandstand, and register in the TT Press Office a thrill for any TT fans! Greenrock will support you throughout with electronic timing, four checkpoints around the course, two feeding stations, support vehicles circulating around the course and masseurs, medical and mechanical support at the TT Grandstand and, as usual, the fantastic TT Marshals to ensure your safety (daytime only).
Registration opens at 0745 on the Saturday to start at 0830.

The Isle of Man 24 hr

TT Grandstand, A2, Douglas, Isle of Man

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