Road Cycling events in Middlesbrough

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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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This route explores the best cycling Yorkshire has to offer including many of the roads used for the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart linked together via quiet scenic lanes. The route is a real mix of Yorkshire cycling routes, taking in quiet undulating roads to long slogs up to the high, exposed moors that deliver dramatic views across stunning landscapes.

Starting out from Thirsk Racecourse you will start by heading north for the first section of endless rolling roads before diving back south through Leeming Bar. Shortly after the Standard and Epic riders will push on west and head for the Moors!

Once you have dropped down into Leyburn on your first swoop of Wensleydale, you will head back north east, linking with the Tour de France route for the first time. As you begin to climb back out of Wensleydale, Epic riders will peel off cut directly through Bellerby Ranges, with its incredible views, before dropping down to Swaledale to cross the magical river swale for the first time. After passing through Reeth, riders will hop back over the river Swale for a second time, before leaving the tour route.

Next is the challenging climb up onto Summer Lodge Moor, passing some of the Dales disused mines on the way. When on top of the moor the landscape unfolds, before the technical descent into Askrigg, to rejoin the Tour Route. Now back in Wensleydale we will follow the River Ure before crossing at the Stunning Aysgarth Falls, to then head East at Leyburn for the final quick stretch back to Thirsk.

Wiggle Yorkshire Tour Sportive

Thirsk, North Yorkshire, GB
3 races
£3£45
Wiggle Yorkshire Tour Sportive

200km cycling event starting from Richmond, N Yorks. Controls at Kettlewell, Pateley Bridge, and Ripon, plus 5 information controls.

Dales Dales Tour Plus

Richmond, North Yorkshire, GB
Dales Dales Tour Plus

100km cycling event starting from Richmond, N Yorks. Controls at Kettlewell and Middleham, plus 4 information controls.

Dave’s Mini Dales Tour

Richmond, North Yorkshire, GB
Dave’s Mini Dales Tour

The White Horse is a fine way to end your Sportive Season.

With three distance options there is something to suit all abilities. From the 26 mile short route with one challenge climb, the Medium route with some major hills and the long route which tackles both Carlton and White Horse Bank. The routes are all really well designed and though the distances are not overly long there are no sections which are just there to get from A to B. Every mile is on beautiful North Yorkshire Country roads with great views, breath taking views and hardly a car in sight.

As well as the climbs we enjoy some fast and challenging descents and some great sections which are our personnel favorites but hardly known by local riders. The medium and long enjoy a brilliant 15 mile section from the White Horse to Osmotherley, roads you wont know well but will do soon!

Everyone arrives back at the HQ with a real buzz, as we twist through the empty lanes with only cyclists in sight well be lost in what a wonderful route the White Horse is and how enjoyable riding these roads in a Velo29 Event really can be.

White Horse Sportive

Nunthorpe, Redcar and Cleveland, GB
3 races
£20£27.50
White Horse Sportive

You might think that ay up is nothing more than an affectionate greeting in this part of the world, but the phrase also hints at what youll be doing in the Ay Up Wiggle sportive youll head up, then up, then up once more, on a series of testing hill climbs along the route.

Heading out from Thirsk Racecourse, youll be able to designate the first few miles to settling into the ride and warming up for the lung-busting climb challenges that are yet to come. In this early, sedate part of the course youll be given the opportunity to appreciate the surrounding scenery, before heading up the first climb, which will in turn give you excellent views of the Thirsk area. Indeed, gorgeous scenery is part and parcel of this ride but so too is pain!

Wiggle Ay Up! Yorkshire Sportive

Thirsk, North Yorkshire, GB
3 races
£3£45
Wiggle Ay Up! Yorkshire Sportive

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