Road Cycling events in Kirkwall September 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 September 2018

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A cracking ride in the Scottish Borders. Welcome to the Tour O The Borders, a top class, closed road event which takes you through stunning scenery on beautiful Borders roads.

Starting in the Borders town of Peebles, the Touro route will travel mainly over quiet back roads, and climb several stiff hills along the way. Challenging but rewarding, the routes (short and long) will feature some amazing natural scenery what better way to take your mind off your efforts than by enjoying this beautiful part of Scotland!

Were confident this is the best value-for-money closed road sportive in the country, and its 100% organised by local riders.

Tour O The Borders

Peebles, Scottish Borders, GB
2 races
£68£115

The Pedal for Scotland Big Belter is a Sportive ride of 110 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh. The ride uses the same start and finish points as the Classic Challenge ride, but takes a completely separate route through the Scottish Borders, meaning you get the buzz of Scotlands biggest bike event on a quieter route designed for serious road cyclists. The transport service will serve Big Belter riders too, meaning there is an easy and hassle free way to get you and your bike to the start in Glasgow Green, or back home from Edinburgh at the finish.

The route* takes riders through the Southern Uplands and into Edinburgh incorporating the best sections of numerous Scottish cycle racing circuits, including the A77 10 Mile Time Trial, sections of the Moscow APR and the Strathaven Anderside Classic, taking in steep climbs around Muirkirk and undulating stretches across wild moorland. The Big Belter is a much more challenging ride for keen road cyclists.

The Pedal for Scotland Big Belter

Glasgow, Glasgow City, GB

The UKCE Fell Beast Sportive has been tailored to be the most spectacular course we have ever designed.

With almost 7,000ft of Cumbrian climbing to tackle over the Epic route, the Beast will test you on some tough climbs yet reward you with a series of scintillating descents mixed with gentle drops that allow you to take in some of the most impressive views in the country.

Heading out from Carlisle Racecourse, the route heads south immediately and to our first climb of the day to the top of Warnell Fell. Shortly after the climb you are rewarded with the first panoramic views of the day, looking out over the Lake District National Park. Here, the Short route continues south to Caldbeck, while Standard and Epic riders bear west to Aspatria before bearing south again towards the National Park.

After crossing the River Derwent, we reach Bassenthwaite Lake at which the course splits for the final time as Standard riders move east and Epic riders continue south for a big reward.

The first of which is Lorton Vale, with grand fells and crags to your left and views over Crummock Water to your right. After passing Buttermere Lake, we reach our goal for the ride Honister Pass with crags looming either side of the road. A tough climb to the top ensues while the peaks of the slate mine area offer views out over the Borrowdale Fells.

We now descend in to Borrowdale and skirt the edge of Derwent Water before cutting through Keswick to rejoin the Standard loop at the top of Bassenthwaite Lake. From here we rejoin the Short route and hug the edge of the National Park before heading north to the finish line, where a finishers medal and t-shirt wait for you.

Fell Beast

Carlisle, GB
3 races
£3£40

Bombtrack Gran Fonduro gravel ride will be based in the beautiful grounds of historic Traquair House in the Tweed Valley. The event name sums it up gran Fondo meets enduro with timed stages and a choice of 100km or 60km (approx) loops. A big NEW Tweed Valley backcountry adventure! Riding, racing, eating, drinking, and camping.

The race stages aim to celebrate the different kinds of fun to be had with this kind of bike riding. Expect timed singletrack, long forest road climbs, gravel TT and short sharp grinds. This event will venture deep into the Tweed Valley backcountry on some beautiful and undiscovered gravel and forest roads.

Bombtrack Gran Fonduro

Innerleithen, GB
2 races
£60£75

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