Road Cycling events in Bournemouth July 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 Bournemouth July 2018

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The Bridport Dagger now in its third year and growing into one of the toughest most challenging yet visually stunning cycle Sportives in the South West.

This beautiful and stunning tour around the Dorset countryside is about taking your time, taking in the views and just enjoying the ride, it has lots of long running straights away from large amounts of traffic where you can "Peleton" if that's your thing, we have climbed, some tough, some not so, all on Strava (tut tut), and then there are country lanes with stunning views that go for miles, above all remember its a sportive and not a race, your supposed to enjoy it and have fun.

Bridport Dagger Sportive

Symondsbury, Dorset, GB
3 races
£20£35
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The Wales Sportive is into its eighth year, and has grown to be one of Wales' biggest cycling events. Many triathlon and cycling clubs across the UK - as well as individuals from across the globe - include this in their event calendar, and it's a must-do in the mid-season schedule. With an award winning finish line, an atmosphere few can compete with, as well as being the UK's only televised sportive, you won't want to miss it.

The Wales Sportive

Weston Terrace, Pembrokeshire, GB
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Exciting weekend of racing. The Saturday will host races of separate disciplines: a 10k run, the Mersea Mile swim and a 25 mile cycle time trial. On Sunday athletes will have a choice of a super sprint or standard distance triathlon. You can enter these events individually or register for the whole weekend and become a Weekend Warrior!

Weekend Warriors – Show Your Strengths

Colchester, GB
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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

Again this year, the Ripon Tour Sportive will give you a unique opportunity to relive the memories with 1,000s of cycling fans and ride on the now hallowed roads from stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de France.
From the climbs, still covered in riders names, to the fast descents and beautiful villages, this Sportive brings you as close to the Tour route as you are going to get.

For riders of all abilities, with great support on well-signed routes so you cant get lost, the Ripon Tour Sportive is a must do event for any serious cycling fan.

Ripon Tour Sportive

Ripon, North Yorkshire, GB
3 races
£20£27.50

Come and join us for a short road ride with likeminded cyclists from your local Evans Cycles store. This mini sportive format features a fully waymarked circular route taking in some of our staffs favorite roads around the store. The shorter distances may mean no feed stops on the route but we'll be waiting to welcome you back with a free hot drink when you finish.

Starting from the center of Kingston-upon-Thames we leave the shoppers behind and head out past Hampton Court on some the roads made famous by the 2012 Olympics. Our route heads south past Queen Elizabeth II reservoir then through Cobham and Oxshott before returning via New Malden to the finish.

Please note this ride starts and finishes from our store near the center of Kingston so does include some riding on busier roads.

Evans Cycles Kingston Store Sportive

Kingston upon Thames, GB

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.

This European trip takes the sting out of independently planning cycling abroad, as well take care of everything on this ride to ensure you enjoy your day and get the most out of the fast-paced sportive setting. From meeting en masse in Dover with the other riders, to getting a group escort onto the boat, to guiding you around the picturesque, quaint and signposted wilderness of northern France to getting you back again all is included as part of the package.

Upon arrival in Calais, youll head out along the cliff-top coast roads that test the legs straight away youll climb to a vantage point that, on a good day, you can see back to England set against a backdrop of the ever-busy to-and-fro of boats and ships sailing on the Channel. Before long, up turns to down, and youll be employing your best descending technique to drop into Escalles but dont forget this steep hill as itll be the last thing you have to conquer before reaching the finish line later in the day.

Dropping into the Parc naturel rgional des Caps et Marais d'Opale, a counter-clockwise loop ensues as you ride through pretty and sleepy French villages like Caffiers, Fiennes and Bazinghen. Many of the back roads that connect these communes are littered with grape fields and small farms but best of all, nearly no cars at no point will you forget youre in France.

After the last climb back to Calais, you'll have a perfectly flat 7-mile run to the finish, which is at the Calais Ferry port itself. A finishers medal will be given to you before you board the next ferry back to Dover with your sense of adventure and exploring spirit fulfilled. Food and showers will be available on the Ferry.

Wiggle French Revolution Sportive

Dover, Kent, GB

Brought to you by the team behind successful and well-regarded events in Oxford, Chester and Yorkshire, Bike Bath is a day of marked rides of 25, 50 and 80 miles taking in the best scenery of Bath and the surrounding countryside. As an entrant you will benefit from:

A timing chip to record your time;
Fully signposted routes with a back up route map and GPS files;
Feed stations showcasing the best produce from local food and drink suppliers;
On course medical support;
Post ride food and a bar at the event village;
A high quality finishers medal for each distance.

Bike Bath

Bath, Bath and North East Somerset, GB
3 races
£26£36

The Norwich Cycle Swarm is an annual mass participation cycling event that starts from Norwich City Football Club. In 2018 its on the 1st July. You can choose to enter one of 3 different routes and take on either 35, 70 or 100 miles.
All the routes pass through some beautiful countryside and picturesque towns and villages. The ride is open to anyone to enter, whether youre an absolute beginner or an experienced cyclist
The routes head out of Norwich through Wroxham and split with the 70 and 100 mile routes heading up to the North Norfolk Coast Road. All routes pass some beautiful scenery and lovely Norfolk villages before returning to Carrow Road.
All riders receive a bespoke Cycle Swarm medal and certificate, free event photos and free fruit, sweets and juice at the rest stops.

Cycle Swarm Norwich

Norwich, Norfolk, GB

Redbourn is a wonderful little village with a rich cycling heritage. Its easily accessible from London and the surrounding areas by both road and rail.

Weve put together 3 spectacular routes that we feel will suit most levels. With the buzz of the crowd and being part of something bigger than your usual group ride, this organized bike event will allow you to push the boundaries of your usual comfort zones, knowing youll be supported both in the well-stocked feed stops and in your mechanical needs.
Coupled with the last day of the Tour de France, youll certainly be fired up and raring to get on your bike after having watched the pros battling it out for 3 weeks. Therell even be enough time to get home for the evening proceedings where hopefully itll be a GB rider topping the podium.

Redbourn Road Rider

Redbourn, Hertfordshire, GB
3 races
£20£25

Now in its 10th year, we think you'd be hard-pushed to find a better ride in this area! Starting in the idyllic village of Didmarton, we're all set for a scenery-rich day in the saddle. The route heads towards the river Severn before looping back towards the Water Park, with an abundance of quiet roads, traditional stone buildings, and beautiful Cotswoldian villages along the way.

This is one of our flatter rides and is a great chance to get out in the Great British Summer and clock up some miles.

Ride It – Evans Cycles Cotswolds Road

Didmarton, Gloucestershire, GB
4 races
£7.50£25

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!

The ride will begin at Preston College, and from here we weave our way out of the city and onto the cycle network heading east towards Bowland. For those that just cant wait for lunch, the Short route soon heads back west, leaving the Standard and Epic riders to push on east, accumulating a few more miles and a couple of climbs in preparation for the calorific indulgences of the chip shop. Continuing east all riders cut an edge off the Forest of Bowland before the Standard riders leave, heading back west shortly after crossing the River Hodder.

Epic riders now begin a northerly tack, making for the southern hills of Bowland and skirting the edge of Clitheroe. We then climb up out of Waddington to the top of the Newton Fells only to be rewarded with a sweeping descent down into the village of Newton. Here we follow the course of the River Hodder to Dunsop Bridge, where we turn left and head south via the ascent of Hall Hill. After rejoining the Standard course we now skirt the northern edge of Longridge Fell and make a beeline for the coast, heading west, hightailing our way through the beautifully countryside of Flyde.

West Coast Classic

Fulwood, Lancashire, GB
3 races
£3£40

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