If you are more of a spectator than a partaker when it comes to cycling then you are in luck. This summer sees a host of a nail-biting events taking place around the country.
Celebrate in the streets of London with friends or with a picnic hamper in the countryside with family at one of these fantastic events.
[part title="1.The Tour De France Grand Depart"]
5th-7th July, 2014, various locations: Leeds, Sheffield, Cambridge, London.
Brace yourself for this year's Tour De France Grand Depart, and witness world class riders such as Chris Froome who will attempt to repeat his spectacular 2013 win.
The race will be venturing to the north of England for the first two stages taking riders through the Yorkshire Dales all the way to London for the final round.
The Grand Départ Spectator Hubs at Scott Hall Road in Leeds, will be a hive of activity on day one of the race, with room for 10,000 plus spectators while London itself promises to be quite the spectacle with a number of famous landmarks turning yellow in honour of the big event.
[part title="2.Velo festival, Cambridgeshire"]
May-September 2014, various locations.
As with Yorkshire, Cambridge is also creating a series of bike-themed cultural and sporting events to run alongside its own leg of the Tour, which takes place on 7 July.
The programme includes a bike ballet, cycling roadshows and a major artistic commission supported by the Arts Council, as well as a host of smaller projects and events around the city.
[part title="3. Brompton World Championships"]
26-27 July, Goodwood Moto Circuit, Chichester.
Watching a folding bike race promises serious entertainment. Dressed in business attires 700 participants will race to their Bromptons, unfold them in jaw dropping speed and whizz around the track for a total of 15km in what promises to be a nail biting race.
In addition to the racing, you can choose to partake in the Brompton meander, or simply soak up the atmosphere and entertainment laid on by this popular British brand.
[part title="4.Prudential RideLondon"]
9th-10th August 2014, London-Surrey.
Be part of award-winning cycling as the spectacular Prudential RideLondon returns to the city of London and Westminster.
Starting in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, the event then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s beautiful countryside.
Feeling excited? Well if that wasn't enough, 600+ cyclists will also attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the world’s biggest bike bell ensemble on 9 August.
[part title="5.London Bikeathon 2014"]
31st August 2014, London-Surrey.
Witness 7,000 cyclists ride along three routes in a challenge to help beat blood cancer in the London Bikeathlon 2014.
Support the racers as they embark on a punishing climb through the Surrey Hills, by bringing the family along to enjoy the food, music, activities supplied throughout the day
[part title="6.Tour of Britain"]
7th to 14th September 2014, various locations: Liverpool, south Wales, Bristol, London.
Now in its 11th year the Tour of Britain is well worth a look. Attracting big name cyclists and an electric atmosphere you won't be disappointed.
The country's largest free-to-spectate sporting event includes nine stages over eight days of action packed racing.
From the Grand Depart in Liverpool to Bristol and Brighton, The Tour of Britain will conclude with a spectacular final day in central London, featuring both a time trial and circuit race.
So grab your flags and be part of this epic event to see if Sir Bradley Wiggins can defend his crown.
[part title="7.Isle of Wight Cycling Festival"]
13-28 September, 2014
The Isle of Wright Cycling Festival is a family-friendly festival featuring a programme of around 60 rides to suit all ages and abilities.
With plenty to see and do, sit back and enjoy the cycle cinema which features an outdoor pedal-powered screen.
Among the races is the 'Hills Killer'and the Wight Challenge, which starts as a 19-mile mountain bike ride and continues with two miles of open canoeing before ending with a eight-mile run.
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