Road Cycling events in Edinburgh 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.

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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

A 1002k Audax cycling event through the Pennine chain, starting and finishing in Bispham, Lancashire. Those taking part will have a maximum of 75hours to complete the challenging 1002km route. 11750m of climb.

Mille Pennines

Bispham, United Kingdom

600km cycling event starting from Leighton Buzzard. Controls at Pangborne, Chandler's Ford, Salisbury, Sherborne, Exeter, Wells, Cirencester and Brackley.

The Buzzard 600

Leighton Buzzard, Central Bedfordshire, GB

One Saturday each month from March to September we are hosting a fully supported challenge ride. The routes are incredibly varied with each one having its own very distinct character to show off the wide variety of terrain and scenery in the Yorkshire Dales and the South Pennines.

The rides are an exclusive individual guided and supported experience similar to a sportive ride in that there is a set route, but are not timed. What you get over and above a typical sportive is a pre-ride bike check, a support vehicle and team mechanic, the benefit of riding in a small group with your own dedicated ride leader and a top caf stop. The rides are a great way of exploring new territory in the safe hands of YVT and will be of interest to local riders as well as visitors to the area. We guarantee to give you an epic day out that will stay long in your memory! If you are concerned about running out of energy on the ride, there are up to 4 spaces available in the support vehicle, so you can hop on board if necessary.
Nought Bank

Park Rash, Coverdale and Nought Bank – Ride 5

Ilkley, West Yorkshire, GB

To celebrate Tour de France month, the ride will follow a large part of the 2014 Grand Depart day 1 route. This is a real epic route and includes 4 of the most iconic climbs in the UK as well as the 3 beautiful dales of Wharfedale, Wensleydale and Swaledale.

The rolling route up Wharfedale to Buckden warms you up nicely for the first climb of Fleet Moss and the stunning beauty of the source of the river Wharfe. A quick descent to Hawes follows and then, after passing the hotel of the famous Top Gear steak incident, its the majestic Buttertubs. You need a pause at the top before the next descent as the view down to Swaledale is guaranteed to take your breath away! A much needed flatish section follows before the next climb of Grinton Moor and then the Cote de Cray before you coast back into Wharfedale and enjoy the pleasant canter back down the valley.

There is an option on this route for the slower group/s to shorten the route and miss out 2 climbs. The group/s will make a communal decision after reaching Hawes.

Challenge Ride 5: Tour of the Dales

Ilkley, West Yorkshire, GB

The event is a superb opportunity to test your endurance or fundraise for a worthy cause. Routes start and finish in the heart of Cardiff, and take in some of Wales' most breathtaking scenery.

With a number of routes on offer, there's something for every level of ability or ambition - for seasoned sportive riders, charity fundraisers or new cyclists looking to experience closed-road cycling for the first time.

2018 will see a host of exciting changes including race pack postage, meaning athletes no longer have to arrive a day early to pick up race essentials and a pair of brand-new shorter routes, allowing cyclists of all abilities to get involved with the VELOTHON Wales weekend.

Velothon Wales

Cardiff, Cardiff, GB
1 race
£65£69

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