Road Cycling events in Kirkwall October 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 October 2018

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204km cycling event starting from Galashiels. Controls at Grantshouse, Etal, Wooler, Morebattle and Selkirk, plus 2 information controls.

Part one of our autumn weekend of events is a Tour of the Eastern borders with all it's hidden tree covered lanes and some wonderful moorland views as well.

Finishers medal included. GPS file available to entrants

Etal-u-Can

Selkirk, GB

The original and the best. Lakeland Monster Miles is the toughest both physically and technically of all the events, offering a full take of the best of Lakeland riding, and is a great way to end your Cyclocross season.

Lakeland riding throws some unique challenges at riders and it's not just the rocks and mud that make it interesting. Steep gradients and relentless climbing with a bit of typical Lakeland weather thrown in makes the Monster Miles a tough but satisfying day out.

The route starts from Fitz Park in Keswick allegedly the wettest town in England on a tree covered disused railway line, the first off-road sector is a great warm up with a rock filled river below and occasional glimpses of distant hills- a taste of the spectacular views to come.

If you are lucky with the weather, bursts of golden light will be filtering through the trees as the valley starts to take on the colours of Autumn. Once off the old railway you are onto quiet lanes with barely any traffic as you climb up into the hills.

Both the Massif and Mini-Massif follow the same route until the cut off shortly after Cockermouth, with the Mini Massif missing out a section around Loweswater, and the final and highest climb of the day in Whinlatter Forest. The climb through Whinlatter is a long slog up the forest roads, and though your lungs will be burning, it is soon forgotten once you start dropping away down the trails, losing all the hard won height on a glorious descent.

Lakeland Monster Miles Adventure Cross

Keswick, Cumbria, GB
2 races
£31£40

A 106k cycling event starting from Galashiels. Part two of our Falling Leaves weekend of events takes in some of the best Borders roads and views, with feed stops at the Gordon Arms and the wonderful Jammie Coo cafe.

Ride of the Valkyries

Galashiels, Scottish Borders, GB

200km cycling event starting from Galashiels. Controls at Eskdalemuir, Whitesykes Garden Centre,Longtown and Eskdalemuir.

Lovely route through the Western Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway via the beautiful Castle O'er road to Longtown and back.

GPS file available to entrants.

The Long Dark Teatime of an Audax Soul

Galashiels, Scottish Borders, GB

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