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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.

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Date: 17th June 2018
Event HQ: The Bounds, Much Marcle, Ledbury HR8 2NQ
Fun Ride: 31 Miles
Challenge Ride : 68 Miles

The Westons Cider Sportive is a fantastic adventure through the Hereford countryside from one of the best cider houses in the UK taking you along the most scenic routes. With two distances of 31 and 68 miles this sportive is for everyone!

Westons Cider Sportive

Much Marcle, Herefordshire, GB
2 races
£20£35
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Open your season with this stunning ride - one not to be missed! Rolling along quiet country lanes, passing through picturesque country villages, tackling climbs - this event has everything you need to kick-start your season.

Dust off your bike and get started, or test out how well your Winter training has gone. Short (40 miles) or Standard (60 miles) options, both with a start and finish at Buckingham School.

The Buckingham Cycle Sportive

Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, GB
2 races
£25£27
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Our cycling events range from short fun rides to more challenging cross-country adventures. We ride in groups on great countryside routes which are fully marked and well organised, Meet friendly like-minded people and have a great day out. Many of our sportives aim to raise funds for charity too, so you've every reason to get on your bike!

There are 2 options:
Challenge ride - 50 miles
Fun ride - 25 miles

Wadworth Brewery Sportive

Devizes, Wiltshire, GB
2 races
£20£30
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Date: 28th July 2018
Event HQ: Thornbridge Brewery, Riverside Brewery, Buxton Rd, Bakewell DE45 1GS
Fun Ride: 30 Miles
Challenge Ride: 60 Miles

The Thornbridge Brewery Sportive is a fantastic adventure through the Peak District from one of the best breweries in the UK based in one of the most picturesque villages in the UK. With two distances of 30 and 60 miles this sportive is for everyone!

The Thornbridge Brewery Sportive will take you through beautiful rolling countryside across the Dove and into the Staffordshire Peak District taking in the medieval market town of Longnor. You will discover the Manifold Valley, enjoying picturesque views as you journey back via the village of Hartington and the strangely named Custard Fields as you experience the hidden Peak District.

Those that are taking on the FUN RIDE will finish at the brewery while the CHALLENGE RIDERS will take on the second loop towards the delightful village of Tidwells and covering some majestic countryside with some toughish climbs and exhilirating descents. Refreshments and food will be flowing once back at the brewery to mull over the days excursion!!

Thornbridge Brewery Sportive

Bakewell, Derbyshire, GB
2 races
£20£35
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Leave the buzz of the city behind you as you face the challenge of a 54 mile journey on two wheels on the iconic London to Brighton Cycle. You will start from Clapham Common, travelling through idyllic country lanes as you ride through Mitcham, picturesque Carshalton, Chipstead, Banstead, Haywards Heath and finally finish on the colourful and bustling Brighton seafront. The spirit of the event is 'taking part' not 'winning' so you can go as fast or as slow as you like.

London to Brighton Cycle

London, GB
1 race
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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
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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, Carmarthenshire, GB
2 races
£32£35

Join us for a Primavera ride around the ancient hills of the Charnwood Forest. The terrain is wooded and undulating. Taking in the most picturesque lanes and villages, including some less hilly sections to the south and west, you'll get a well planned route that shows the best of the area and provides a good test of your fitness. Starting at the modern Sutton Bonington Sports Centre, part of Nottingham University, there is ample parking and good changing facilities. THIS IS A ROAD EVENT, NOT A MOUNTAIN BIKE EVENT.

Charnwood Primavera

Sutton Bonington, Nottinghamshire, GB

Continuing with our ethos of breaking down sporting barriers, Gold Events is proud to announce the return of the Wirral Ultra & Bike Ride.

The 35 mile Ultra-Marathon will be fast and flat, meaning it is a great option for people looking to complete the distance for the first time. It will follow the Wirral Circular Trail in a loop of well trodden paths, with feed stations at regular points to help you through the journey.

A non competitive bike ride will also take place, so whether you want to support your friends and family running, or just want to take in the scenery, we have an option for you. As a cyclist you will also have access to the feedstations, facilities and be rewarded with a memento.

All of this on a really scenic and often untapped area of the country. What are you waiting for???

Sealskinz Wirral Ultra & Bike

Birkenhead, Merseyside, GB
1 race
£7.50£36

After the urban based events of Friday and Saturday, its time to get out into the countryside and relax. Explore the challenging local terrain on one of three routes which provide something for everyone. Whether you're an experienced cyclist looking to take on the challenging 'Cawr' or Mynach rides, or perhaps fancy a more relaxing tour of Ceredigion on the 'Diafol' or 'Corrach', you'll be sure of one thing - one of the most spectacular rides in Great Britain!

Continental Welsh Wild West Sportive

Tregaron, Ceredigion, GB
4 races
£20£30

The CFC (Cyclists Fighting Cancer) Sportive starts and finishes at the racecourse in Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire. Four distance options: 150 miles, 100 miles, 64 miles and 30 miles. The 150 mile ride is a time restricted (12 hour) endurance ride, perfect timing for people going to the L'Etape du Tour, Marmotte, London to Paris, Dragon ride etc. or for those just looking to push the boundaries. A great day on the bike up and over the Cotswolds.

CFC Sportive

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, GB

Following another wonderful ride for 2017, we can confirm that the Big Bike Ride will be back once again for 2018.

The ride will again follow a circular route from Wetherby with two distance options 35 and 64 miles (we are even looking to re-route the long stretch along the A168 to make your cycling experience with us even better!)

The Big Bike Ride

Wetherby, West Yorkshire, GB

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