Road Cycling events in Southampton July 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 Southampton July 2018

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The Brewin Dolphin New Forest Summer Sportive takes you out to conquer the wonders of the New Forest, promising to be packed with wildlife and scenic views over the national park. You are sure to have a spectacular day.

We will take you along coastal route via Calshot, Lepe, and Exbury, passing through the gorgeous Lepe Country Park along the way.

The beautiful village of Beaulieu is also on this route. Short route riders will take on the climb to Hatchet pond then along to Brockenhurst to rejoin the rest of the pack. Epic and Standard riders head north west to Lyndhurst, passing the quaint forest railway station at Beaulieu road. After a quick glance at the bustling town well push on up to Ashurst before tracking along the eastern edge of the forest.

From here we will head deeper in to the heart of the old royal hunting ground, eventually reaching the small hamlet of Fritham. At this point the Standard riders will carry on south towards Bolderwood, while Epic riders continue their journey north for a loop that winds its way in and out of the most northerly border of the forest. Heading south, the riders regroup just before passing under the A31, striking a definite course south towards the focal point of the ride - a spectacular stint through Ornamental Drive. It is here you will see the best the forest has to offer.

Brewin Dolphin New Forest Summer

Fawley, Hampshire, GB
3 races
£3£105
Brewin Dolphin New Forest Summer
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The South Downs Way; it has long been a right of passage in mountain biking circles. And now this hundred mile ribbon of imposing chalk downland is about to become an icon of the CX/gravel scene.

Renowned as a supreme physical rather than technical challenge, the South Downs Way is the most high profile answer to the long distance US gravel scene that we have. But so much more, too. The huge climbs and sweeping descents wouldnt be out of place among the Tuscan Strade Bianchi, while the expansive coastal views are quintessential British beauty.

CX Century brings you all of this in the ultimate gravel event! An unforgettable experience and a monumental challenge that will prove your place amongst the endurance elite! CX Century will be a badge of honour and pride, and this is your chance to be one of the very first to join that club!

CX Century is fully supported, from route marking to multiple feed and support stops, we make it possible for you take on this epic ride as part of the first mass CX/gravel bike challenge!

CX Century: The South Downs Way

Winchester, Hampshire, GB
2 races
£37£47
CX Century: The South Downs Way
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At just over 92 miles long, starting at Bishop Wordsworths School then taking in Ford, Porton, Winterslow, West Grimstead, Fordingbridge, Wimborne, Blandford Forum, Sixpenny Handley before finishing back in the cathedral city of Salisbury at Bishop Wordsworths School.

TrafalgarWay Sovereign

Salisbury, Wiltshire, GB
1 race
£20£35
TrafalgarWay Sovereign
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300km cycling event starting from Rowlands Castle, nr Portsmouth. Controls at whitchurch, malmesbury, bath and salisbury, plus 1 information control.

Wonderfully Wessex

Rowlands Castle, Hampshire, GB
Wonderfully Wessex
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If ever there was a perfect setting for a sunny sportive to unfold on a weekends morning, the Meon Valley would be up there with the best. Its tree-sheltered darting country lanes, forest backdrops, field-side rolling roads and spectacular views across to the Solent, Spinnaker Tower and Isle of Wight make this one not to miss.

Its valley setting provides enough hills to keep you on your toes and offers excellent views, punchy climbs and swooping terrain. This is a fine all-round sportive that will take your breath away.

As you set off from the rides base, youll notice that the more miles you cover, the further away you get from towns and civilisation as the route will guide you through the best of the Hampshire countryside, occasionally flitting across to West Sussex. Ambling out into the open, youll be led over the A3 and into the wilderness as you head through the back lanes and up towards Petersfield.

Checking past East Meon, youll have to slog it out on a series of climbs before hitting a descent sweet-spot around Warnford, which gives around a mile of fast downhill action. Continuing to head north, the hills around the Upper Weald will get most KOM segment seekers out of the saddle.

Heading through Northington, Tichborne and Cheriton, what should be the penultimate climbing challenge comes with around 15 miles to go. From then on, its an uphill finish lasting just under two miles but youll soon be over the finish line to bask in the glory of having finished a tough but enjoyable route.

Wiggle Mega Meon Sportive

Widley, Hampshire, GB
3 races
£0.01£40
Wiggle Mega Meon Sportive

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