Road Cycling events in Kirkwall May 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 Kirkwall May 2018

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The Orbea Border Bike Festival includes a road sportive with a choice of 2 distances, a mountain bike marathon with a choice of 2 distances and a mountain bike Enduro, so if bikes are your thing there's bound to be an event to suit you.

Orbea Borders Bike Festival

Selkirk, Scottish Borders, GB
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201km cycling event starting from Kirkley Cycles, Ponteland. Controls at Whygate, Falstone, Elsdon, Buckham's Bridge and Elsdon.

A very popular event with a scenic course. Despite somewhat challenging route 2017 saw a high success rate 89 finished out of 91. This maybe due to the quality home baking at refreshment stops.

Chevy Chase

Ponteland, Northumberland, GB
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The Bealach is the UKs biggest road climb with an ascent of 626m from sea level in just 10km. It is set in a fabulous unspoilt landscape with outstanding views of the sea and hills. The Applecross Peninsula is renowned as a gem in Scotlands crown of natural wonders. The idea of a sportive belongs to local cycling legend Clifford Davidson.

The event was first run in the summer of 2006 and it was immediately obvious that it had captured the imagination of cyclists of all standards. Shortly after, due to demand, we introduced a 2nd shorter option which also included the opportunity to climb the big one! The Bealach Mor retains the original route of 144km and the Bealach Beag introduced a shorter distance of 72kms.

Bealach Beag

Strathcarron, GB
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A challenging 81 miles, the ride begins and concludes in Pitlochry, featuring steep climbs, rolling hills and forest-lined roads. Once you have set off from a buzzing Pitlochry and taken in the breath taking views of Loch Rannoch and Loch Tummel, your legs will be readily prepared for the steep climb of Schiehallion. Youll then be rewarded with exhilerating views of the Scottish Highlands, which will inspire you as you glide through tree-lined closed roads.

Once youve crossed the finish line, make the most of the vibrant atmosphere of our new look Event Village, relax with friends and family and raise a glass to your latest or first cycling achievement. A host of activities are being going to be taking place throughout the course of the weekend, watch this space!

Etape Caledonia

Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross, GB
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£40£125

300km cycling event starting from Kirkley Cycles, Ponteland. Controls at Muggleswick Hall, Penrith, Newcastleton, Bellingham and Elsdon, plus 2 information controls.

The Mosstrooper

Ponteland, Northumberland, GB

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