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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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Open your season with this stunning ride - one not to be missed! Rolling along quiet country lanes, passing through picturesque country villages, tackling climbs - this event has everything you need to kick-start your season.

Dust off your bike and get started, or test out how well your Winter training has gone. Short (40 miles) or Standard (60 miles) options, both with a start and finish at Buckingham School.

The Buckingham Cycle Sportive

Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, GB
2 races
£25£27
The Buckingham Cycle Sportive

Now in its 6th year, the Sportive starts and finishes in the picturesque grounds of Broughton Castle.

All routes take riders through the stunning Cotswolds which is one of Britain's largest areas of outstanding natural beauty.

The same level of rider support and facilities are included in this years registration fee. This represents FANTASTIC VALUE FOR MONEY. All proceeds will be donated to local and Rotary charities.

Broughton Castle Cycling Sportive

Oxford, Oxfordshire, GB
4 races
£5£27
Broughton Castle Cycling Sportive

Date: Saturday 25th August 2018
Event HQ: Hook Norton Brewery, Brewery Lane, Hook Norton, Banbury OX15 5NY
Fun Ride - 30 miles
Challenge Ride - 70 miles
Start Time: 10:00 am

Our cycling events range from short fun rides to more challenging cross-country adventures. We ride in groups on great countryside routes which are fully marked and well organised, Meet friendly like-minded people and have a great day out. Many of our sportives aim to raise funds for charity too, so you've every reason to get on your bike!

Hook Norton Brewery Sportive

Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, GB
2 races
£20£35
Hook Norton Brewery Sportive

Theres a reason holidaymakers flock to the Cotswolds in their droves its amazingly scenic countryside makes for the perfect weekends cycling. A selection of great climbs and miles of rolling rural roads provide an ideal mix for a day in the saddle.

Soon after you set off from the venue, youll be faced with one of the first major climbing tests of the event straight away. Moving up Round Hill, make sure to catch your breath and check out the magnificent surrounding views as you crest the climb.

Once youve reached the top of this climb, its plain sailing until the next big ascent as you can concentrate on peddling away the miles and taking in the surrounding scenery at the same time. A reassuring downhill drop will open up just before passing Toddington Stanway hold onto your bars, as this is fast one.

Sure enough, as inviting descents come, uphill challenges will lie in wait as youll be out of the saddle again soon after to tackle the next hill between Snowshill and Saintbury. As soon as this is behind you, though, youll be able to power through the final few miles on a series of fast and technical country lanes leading back to Cheltenham. A finishers medal, t-shirt and well-earned PowerBar recovery product wait for you at ride HQ.

Wiggle Cotswolds Sportive

Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GB
3 races
£3£40
Wiggle Cotswolds Sportive

The Chiltern Hills double up their uses in the Wiggle Chiltern Classic sportive: not only do the winding roads make for some inspired climbing action on the bike, the hills are also a sight to behold whether viewed from the bottom, the top or halfway up on a demanding test of stamina.

Straight out of the starting blocks, this ride will have you going through the gears as we ease you in on a gradual gradient, moving out of the Adams Park departure point in High Wycombe, before making you familiar with the kind of swooping descent that drops as much as youll have to make up soon after, a common trait for this swooping course.

Once youve crossed under the M40, the gradient settles and youre free to get into your own rhythm, pace and time, not dictated by hill climbs, making this a great mid-season test for riders keen on testing their hand against the clock on a kinder course.

Once youre past the outskirts of Thame, youll find yourself among peerless views across the Aylesbury Vale district in an area lined with quaint and quiet villages as you traverse the sheltered country lanes that link them. On leaving the loop exclusive to Epic course riders just east of Oxford youll enter the Chiltern Hills area once more on the way back to base.

A handful of manageable climbs wait before you can claim your finishers medal, t-shirt and PowerBar recovery product, and hopefully youll have enough left in the tank to enjoy these on completion of a rewarding day out on the bike!

Wiggle Chiltern Classic Sportive

Fawley, Buckinghamshire, GB
3 races
£3£45
Wiggle Chiltern Classic Sportive

Back this year with both 90 and 125 km routes taking riders across the stunning countryside of Aylesbury Vale onto the Chiltern Hills and back again via South Oxfordshire. Quiet back roads, beautiful scenery and challenging climbs.

Your lungs and thighs will Howl Guaranteed.

British Cyclings own rating struggles with our landscape and this years Epic route is the toughest weve ever planned. If in doubt register for the 90km course.

The Howler

Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, GB
2 races
£15£20
The Howler

This is a sportive of two halves for Standard and Epic riders, at least. Those taking part in the longer ride will take in both parts on an afternoon spent on the best rolling roads in Northamptonshire. The route is typical of the county without too many climbing challenges, while taking in stunning villages lined with limestone houses and elegant churches, as well as a number of other prominent sights.

Beginning at Turweston Aerodrome, Westbury, the route heads out to explore the brilliant surrounding countryside by taking in fast and technical back lanes around Shalstone, Dadford and Abthorpe, before skirting around Towcester and moving north towards the first feed stop of the day.

The sportive has one climb to challenge you and this will come later on. For now, you can enjoy the areas swooping countryside as short and sharp climbs are met with rewarding descent action. As you cruise through the rural roads, youll be able to enjoy views around Farnborough Park, Burton Country Park, Litchborough Park and Boddington Reservoir.

When the Standard loop is coming to a close, Epic riders head out onto their own loop. This half features the most testing climbing action of the day and is a must for those really looking to get the most out of their day in the saddle.

Eventually youll reach Burton County Park, where the days true testing climb will separate the tired and the tenacious. This comes around 60 miles in, so will take some beating, but is followed by a rewarding rolling route back to the finish line, so will be worth the extra effort, and the commitment of taking on the extra circuit.

Wiggle Hawker Hurricane Sportive- 2018

Brackley, GB
3 races
£3£45
Wiggle Hawker Hurricane Sportive- 2018

Ideally situated in the Oxfordshire countryside, this ride will explore the Chilterns and it'll soon become obvious why it's an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The route will throw up a great selection of climbs to attack and plenty of fast descents to complement. The natural gradients of this area make for a demanding ride that will challenge riders from start to finish.

Efforts will however be rewarded with panoramic views across the English countryside, quiet roads and High5 fuelled feed stations to get you to the end.

Evans Cycles Watlington Road Sportive

Watlington, Oxfordshire, GB
4 races
£7.50£25
Evans Cycles Watlington Road Sportive

209km cycling event starting from Cholsey, E of Didcot. Controls at Waterperry and Chipping Norton, plus 4 information controls.

A gently rolling ride through the Chilterns, Cotswolds and the flatter West Oxfordshire plain. Controls are at commercial cafes, and plenty of hot food (included in the entry) at the end.

Upper Thames

Cholsey, Oxfordshire, GB
Upper Thames

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