Want to know which are the best cycling events happening around the UK in 2015? Take a flick through our most comprehensive guide yet. From sportives aimed at the hardcore roadies and professionals to those for newbies and novices, the road races you need to watch and those that you need to partake in, we've got them all covered.
The cycling season begins with the early sportives in March and April before really taking off in May and June. July and August look to be slightly quieter and the final few events of the year are set to take place in September.
These events may all seem slightly far away right now but places sell out fast, so register now to secure your place to be in with a chance of participating in one of the best mixed or women's only cycling events the UK has to offer.
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Joanna Rowsell Ride Out, Surrey (MIXED)
Support the Action Medical Research for Children charity by signing up for this 40 mile ride through Surrey’s stunning rolling hills. Suitable for all abilities, participants just need to pay a one-off fee of £400 to take part and will be treated to a tasty celebratory lunch at the end of the ride. Led by the charity’s cycling ambassador Joanna Rowsell MBE, this cycle route will start and finish at the magnificent Wotton House Hotel.
65 Roses Spring Classic, Barnsley (MIXED)
Taking in 69 miles of beautifully quiet West and South Yorkshire lanes, the 65 Roses Spring Classic aims to recreate the typical Belgian classic cycle event in the English countryside. This event is non-competitive and all proceeds from the £25 entry fee and any extra sponsorship money go towards fighting cystic fibrosis. Beginning in Cudworth after a healthy complimentary breakfast at the Lakeside Cafe at Askern, participants will spend the next five hours completing the route from the Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre.
VeloPark Women’s Spring Duathlon, London (WOMEN ONLY)
For those that love to both run and cycle, the VeloPark Women’s Spring Duathlon gives you the chance to do just that. Making use of the closed road one mile circuit around the 2012 Olympic Velodrome, participants will need to complete two laps running followed by ten laps cycling and another lap running. A brilliant event for first time Duathletes, bikes can be hired from the venue for those that are unable to transport their own to the park. Entrance costs £10 for Triathlon England members and £17 for non-members.
Kent Spring Challenge (MIXED)
A cyclosportive designed to get back into the sport after a winter off, the Kent Spring Challenge begins from Holiday Extras on Ashford Road. Participants can choose between the 40, 60 and 80 mile options all of which cover some slightly rough terrain and take in a couple of testing climbs. Entry for any of the routes costs £20.
The Burgess Hill Springtime Classic, West Sussex (MIXED)
The perfect early season event to test your fitness and prepare for a summer packed full of sportives, there are three choices of routes at The Burgess Hill Springtime Classic. The 71 mile classic route is by far the most arduous and should only be attempted by experienced riders who are used to cycling over hilly terrain for four hours at a time. The challenge route avoids one of the hardest hills that the classic goes over, but it still includes 1193 metres of climbing over its 54 miles duration. The tour route is most suited to beginners and at just 36 miles in length it avoids the majority of the tough hill climbs.
The Easter Epic, Worcester (MIXED)
In support of St Richard’s Hospice, participants can choose to cycle either the 52 mile or 83 mile routes up some of Worcester’s toughest climbs and down its quietest lanes. Organised by Just Ride, entrance for either of the routes costs £10 and a sports massage is available at the finishing line for an additional fee. Starting at Top Barn Activity Centre, the routes pass through Holt Heath, Malvern, Bromyard and Stourport.
Santini Cotswold Spring Classic, Cirencester (MIXED)
An enjoyable cycle sportive through the beautiful Cotswold countryside, the Santini Cotswold Spring Classic begins at Cirencester College. The 55km option is perfect for beginners and those embarking on their first big ride of the season whereas the 100km and 160km options are slightly more challenging. Participants don’t have to decide whether they will complete the 100km or the 160km route until they reach the split sign on the day so if you’re feeling like pushing yourself you can keep on riding that 60km further. Entrance costs £24.50.
Guide Dogs Tour of Berkshire Sportive, Reading (MIXED)
The Guide Dogs Tour of Berkshire Sportive features three different route lengths each with its own entrance price. The 41.5km fun ride costs £18 to join, the 84km classic route costs £22 and the 125km epic costs £26. The ride is designed to raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and participants are encouraged to register for a fundraising pack too. Pedalling through traditional Berkshire villages, cyclists will be rewarded with stunning views over the countryside atop each of the short climbs.
RC Chestfield Coast 2 Coast Sportive, Kent (MIXED)
Beginning in Whitstable, participating cyclists will pedal 100km to Hythe and back to raise money for their chosen charity. The event is open for individual cyclists and groups of four to eight people. Run in accordance with British Cycling’s non-competitive event guidelines, the route will begin at the Rotary Club of Chestfield. Although registration doesn’t close until April, if 500 cyclists sign up before then it will close earlier so make sure you sign up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
The Igloo Sportive, Chesterfield (MIXED)
Featuring a brand new start venue and route for 2015, The Igloo Sportive follows two routes around the picturesque moors of the Eastern Peak District. Participants can choose between tackling the 65km route complete with 1350m of climbs, or the lengthier 130km with 2400m of climbs. Entrance for the shorter route is £22.50 and for the longer route it is £27.50 and views are guaranteed to be spectacular, as long as it doesn’t rain too much of course.
Lagan’s Foundation Remembrance Cycle Challenge, Bolton (MIXED)
Participants are encouraged to wear highly visible clothing to complete this 42 mile cycle ride through stunning South Lancashire countryside. The ride is expected to last between 2.5-5 hours and can be quite challenging in places. Children aged between 14-16 are permitted to take part so long as they are accompanied by a participating adult and tickets for any age cost £25. Stay hopeful to enjoy incredible views out to North Wales, Cheshire and across to Blackpool too.
Three Counties 100 Cyclosportive, Northampton (MIXED)
Cycle through Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland on one 100 mile bike ride. Beginning at the grand Holdenby House in Northampton, cyclists can opt to do a shorter 20 mile family ride or a 63 mile circuit if the full 100 miles seems too daunting. Entrance fees cost between £15 and £23 depending on which route you opt for but all entry fees are fully refundable if you raise a minimum of £100 (per person) for registered charity Meningitis Now.
Gran Fondo Conwy, Gwynedd (MIXED)
Beginning at the scenic Conwy Marina next to the classically beautiful Conwy Castle, the Gran Fondo offers cyclists the chance to embark on a challenging ride around both Conwy and Derbyshire. There are three course lengths available (40 miles, 75 miles, 103 miles) which vary in price from £31.99-£39.99. For those looking to enjoy a family day out, there is also a short six mile route perfect for all ages to enjoy and it’s free too.
Chiltern 100 Sportive, Bovingdon (MIXED)
Take on what’s often referred to as ‘the toughest sportive close to the capital’ and cycle either 76 or 110 miles across challenging Chiltern landscapes as you complete the highly prestigious Chiltern 100 Sportive. Participants will enjoy a real sense of camaraderie as they tackle the tough Whiteleaf Hill and Wardrobes climbs together and will be rewarded for their efforts with spectacular views. Entrance costs £40 for the shorter route and £42 for the full hog.
Otley Sportiva, West Yorkshire (WOMEN ONLY)
May (exact date TBC)
Undergoing a huge rebrand for 2015, the exact routes for this year are yet to be determined but organisers promise they will be better than ever. Following the same format as the original Otley Sportive, the Sportiva is a women’s only event that is split into two routes - one medium in length and one slightly longer. Female cyclists of all ages are welcome to take part so long as they are reasonably competent on the roads. Entrance costs £18.
Tour de Yorkshire (MIXED)
An immensely exciting new international cycling race will come to Yorkshire in May 2015. The Tour de Yorkshire is set to be a 2.1 Europe Tour world-class cycle race which will feature three stages, a women’s race and a mass participation sportive. If ever you needed an excuse to race around the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, this is it.
Women V Cancer Cycle the Night, London (WOMEN ONLY)
A challenging ride that also happens to be heaps of fun, the Women V Cancer Cycle the Night route sees hundreds of women pedalling 100km around the capital city after dark. Passing Big Ben, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace, these women will be out in force raising money for Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action. Registration costs £39 and each participant is also expected to raise a minimum of £199 in sponsorship money. For a night of camaraderie and giggles all in the name of charity, book a place for you and your best girlfriends now.
Fern Britton’s #Challenge57, John O’Groats (MIXED)
TV personality Fern Britton is cycling the 1000 miles from John O’Groats to Lands End to raise an epic amount of money to help Genesis Research Trust to end miscarriage. Over a period of 21 days (with two rest days) Fern will average 57 miles a day as she pedals from Scotland, through the Lake District and the Cotswolds, down into Cornwall. You can choose to take part in all or part of the gigantic ride by raising a minimum amount in sponsorship money. The amount needed varies from £360 for a two day stint to £3550 to take part in the full tour.
Somerset Hills Gran Fondo, Cheddar (MIXED)
After listening to participants’ feedback from last year, the organisers of Somerset Hills Gran Fondo have adapted routes this year to include less main roads and busy towns. They’ve also improved signage, food stations and mechanical support so it’s set to be the best year ever to compete in this sportive. Not for the faint hearted, the longest route option spans 119 miles and is a mixture of fast descents and challenging climbs starting with the infamously steep climb up Cheddar Gorge. Two shorter routes are also available at 44 and 82 miles in length and all three cost £22 to enter.
Cycle for Amy, Cheshire (MIXED)
John and Lydia Watson-Wright invite you to cycle through the picturesque Cheshire countryside in memory of their daughter Amy, this May. It costs £25 to register and all participants are encouraged to raise money for either Amy’s favourite charity, Childflight, or one close to their own hearts. However, it is not compulsory to ride for a charity, completing the challenge in Amy’s memory alone is enough. There are three different length rides to choose from - 27, 55 and 100 miles.
Preseli Angel, Pembrokeshire (MIXED)
Starting from Newport Boat Club, the Preseli Angel sportive features the most spectacular climbs and speedy descents that the Preseli Mountains have to offer. Participants on either of the 40 or 70 miles routes will enjoy incredible views over Pembrokeshire as they pedal around the classic British countryside setting. Entry costs between £10-£15 in advance or £15-20 on the day and includes use of showers and a hot meal after the ride.
Norwich Cycle Swarm, Norfolk (MIXED)
The Norwich Cycle Swarm event features three different routes all of which head out into the Norwich countryside from Norwich City Football Stadium. Entry for the 35 mile ride costs £17 and the 70 and 100 mile routes both cost £20. A fun event perfect for creating those special cycling memories, a photographer will be snapping away throughout the day and participants will be able to download the images for free from the site after the event is over.
St Bees 50, Cumbria (MIXED)
A not for profit sportive, any money leftover from the registration fees after covering the cost of putting on the event will be donated to local charities. Participants of the St Bees 50 can choose to cycle a 25 mile or 50 mile route around the western part of the Lake District for a fee of £10. Both rides are open to cyclists of all ages and abilities but participants need to be prepared to tackle sharp ascents at Cold Fell and Cauda Brow.
Taunton Flyer Sportive, Somerset (MIXED)
With a fun ‘vintage class’ option as well as the usual 100km and 54km routes, anyone that chooses to participate on vintage bikes and in period attire will be in with a chance of winning an array of great prizes. The Taunton Flyer Sportive is made up of primarily flat open roads but there are a few challenging climbs thrown in there too to keep things interesting. You’ll also pass through several historic wartime airfields to make those dressed up in their 1939-1945 gear feel at home.
The Etape du Dales, Grassington (MIXED)
One sportive not to be underestimated, The Etape du Dales features some of the most challenging stretches that were used in the 2014 Tour de France. Only for the most experienced of riders at optimum levels of fitness, the circular route begins in Threshfield and consists of several serious climbs and technical descents. Organisers warn participants to expect multiple punctures during the ride and to ensure that they have adequate clothing and gear for such a high-intensity event. The 112 mile route costs £49 to enter and should be on any serious cyclist’s bucket list.
Sedbergh Sportive, Cumbria (MIXED)
Featuring three different length rides, participants of the Sedbergh Sportive can opt to cycle 30, 50 or 70 miles. The two shorter routes are suitable for all keen cyclists but the longer one incorporates the arduous Buttertubs climb that was featured in the Tour de France and as such requires slightly more experience to complete. Entry fees vary between £25 and £35 and all money raised goes to the Roger Lupton Scholarships Fund. To celebrate all of the cyclists’ successes, everyone is invited to a free BBQ after finishing the sportive and anyone who raises more than £100 on top of their entry fee will receive a voucher for Brown of Sedbergh.
The CC Giro Midland Monster Sportive, Derbyshire (MIXED)
Set right in the heart of the National Forest, the CC Giro Midland Monster Sportive features three different route lengths - 40, 75 and 103 miles. Each of the routes start in the relatively flat surroundings of the Trent Valley before passing into more undulating terrain in the Dove Valley. The longer routes then become more difficult as they climb into the Weaver Hills and out into the Peak District. Entry for any of these three routes is £25.
Little Lumpy, Surrey (MIXED)
Participants of the Little Lumpy sportive have to choose between the sport, challenge and epic routes. The sport route is just 39 miles in length and includes 600 metres of climbs. The challenge route is slightly more intense; 59 miles in length riders have to combat 1241 metres of climbs. Finally, for the more advanced riders the epic route is 100 miles in length and includes 2231 metres of climbs. All of these routes pass over the Downs taking in beautiful scenery and undulating terrain.
Continental West Wild Welsh Sportive, Aberystwyth (MIXED)
Day four of the Aber Cycle Fest gives avid cyclists the chance to pedal away from the urban lanes of the early stages of the festival and explore the countryside of Ceredigion. There are four different length routes to choose from - the 114, 70 and 45 mile routes all cost £30 to enter and the much easier 27 mile route costs just £20. Cyclists completing any of these routes will get to experience some tough terrain and stunning scenery.
Bruno 200, York (MIXED)
A truly epic sportive, the Bruno 200 (as the name suggests) is 200 miles in length and is open for 200 riders. It costs £90 to take part and everyone is expected to raise a minimum of £200 plus gift aid in sponsorship money for Bruno’s Bursary Fund. Setting off from Chatsworth House, participants will cycle through the Derbyshire Peaks, the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors en route to the finishing point at Ampleforth Abbey. Not to be underestimated, this sportive is challenging as well as lengthy and it incorporates more than 60 miles of last year’s Grand Depart route including the strenuous Buttertubs Pass.
3 Pistes Cycle Sportive, Perthshire (MIXED)
The highest sportive in the UK, the 3 Pistes challenge requires extremely high levels of fitness and experience. As the route passes through the Grampian Mountains, participants need to be prepared for tough climbs and steep descents with plenty of switchbacks to manipulate. There’s a high chance of punctures along this route and although there are mechanics on hand to help out with anything else that may go wrong, riders are responsible for fixing their own punctures. This 103 mile sportive costs £35 to enter at the flat rate or £59.50 with a coach transfer.
Peak Epic, Bakewell (MIXED)
Starting and finishing in the quaint little Peak District town of Bakewell, the Peak Epic is the hardest sportive in this corner of the country. The 100 mile route includes an incredible 4000 metres of ascent, a figure almost unheard of in a UK-based sportive. Shorter 63 and 38 mile routes are also available for those less keen on the continuous arduous climb of the full route. Registration fees vary between £22.50-£30 depending on the length of the route chosen.
The Haydon Hundred, Northumberland (MIXED)
The chance to cycle through the picturesque (and hilly) Hadrian’s Wall Country and the North Pennines, The Haydon Hundred offers participants the choice of a 60km and a 100km route past Hadrian’s Wall and along Black Hill (the third highest road in England). Registration costs £20 for either of the routes and all cyclists get a voucher towards a recovery lunch at any of the eateries in the picturesque little village of Haydon Bridge to use after the ride.
Macmillan Cycletta | Wiggle Dragon Ride, South Wales (WOMEN ONLY)
Part of the UK’s leading women’s only series backed by Victoria Pendleton, the Wiggle Dragon Ride is one of the toughest Macmillan Cycletta rides but is still fully accessible to all ages and abilities. Forty two kilometres in length, the route runs through some reasonably hilly terrain in the pretty countryside of South Wales. Setting off from Margam Country Park in Port Talbot, participants can ride side by side with their friends and complete the route at their own pace. Free massages are available at the end of the event and all cyclists are invited to a pasta party. Fundraising is not obligatory but is, of course, much appreciated.
Three Peaks Classic, Yorkshire (MIXED)
Follow in the footsteps of the 2014 Tour de France competitors on either of the 65 or 82 mile routes of the Three Peaks Classic that pass through the Yorkshire Dales taking in the area’s three most famous peaks - Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Entrance costs £28 and a proportion of that will be donated to Henshaws Society for Blind People.
Cycle Together Sandringham, Norfolk (MIXED)
A sportive suitable for absolutely everybody, the Cycle Together Sandringham has 10, 20, 50 and 100 mile route options ensuring that cyclists of all ages and abilities can participate from children to the most experienced of riders. Registration fees vary between £10-£25 depending on the length of route and participants are also welcome to sign up on the day at the Park House Hotel in Sandringham.
FriendsLife Women’s Tour, Weybridge (WOMEN ONLY)
For a chance to witness the most celebrated female cyclists in the world race down British roads, head to the FriendsLife Women’s Tour. Now in its second year, this is fast becoming one of the most prestigious women’s cycling events in the UK and although you may not quite be at a high enough level to participate in it, the atmosphere surrounding the event will make it a great one to spectate at too.
Edinburgh Night Ride, Scotland (MIXED)
Join hundreds of other fundraising cyclists pedalling their way through the streets of Edinburgh in the dead of night for their respective favourite charities. This 50 mile route passes by many iconic Edinburgh attractions including Arthur’s Seat, the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle. A lot of fun and all for a great cause, sign up now before places run out.
The Flying Scotsman Sportive, Ayrshire (MIXED)
Named after cycling legend Graeme Obree’s autobiography, The Flying Scotsman, this sportive features two challenging routes decided by the man himself. Obree spent the early days of his career training on these routes and promises they will provide riders with plenty of short-sharp climbs to keep them on their toes as well as reward them with some beautiful sights. Participants can choose between a medium-level 78 mile route or a pretty tough 44 mile route - registration fees for both cost £35.
Newmarket Hilly Sportive, Suffolk (MIXED)
The Newmarket Hilly Sportive is a charity ride with all proceeds going to local Newmarket charities. Participants can choose between the 25 mile fun ride, the standard 50 mile route or the epic 100 mile challenge. Setting off from the Rowley Mile Racecourse, cyclists will tackle some challenging and hilly terrain as well as pedalling down plenty of quiet, peaceful country lanes. Registration costs between £15-£20 per cyclist.
British Cycling National Road Race and Time Trial Championships | Women’s Race (WOMEN ONLY)
This prestigious event will take place just the week before the Tour de France starts ensuring that the cycling buzz is in full swing. The time trial championships will occur on June 25th before the road races begin on the 28th. The women’s road race will span 68 miles followed by four laps of the Grand Prix circuit and will finish in Lincoln’s Castle Square.
Race the Sun, Brecon Beacons (MIXED)
Not just a cycling challenge, participants of Race the Sun will need to cycle 45 miles, climb Pen y Fan (2907ft) and canoe three kilometres down the Pontsticill Reservoir between sunrise and sunset to complete the feat. The event is open to teams of four and all participants are expected to raise money to help Action Medical Research continue their great work.
Valleys of Copeland Sportive, Cumbria (MIXED)
Starting in Whitehaven, participants in the Valleys of Copeland Sportive can choose to tackle one, two or four valleys in the Western Lake District. Varying between 30 and 73 miles in length, the one valley route costs £10 to enter and the two and four valley routes cost £15. This is a not for profit event and any leftover money after the start-up costs are paid for will be donated to local charities.
Women’s National Championships, Ireland (WOMEN ONLY)
June (Exact date TBC)
One for the most competitive of female cyclists, anyone from absolute beginners to the highly experienced rider can compete with each other during the Women’s National Championships in Ireland. Set to take place two weeks before the Tour de France starts, this event is sure to get everyone in the spirit for the biggest event in the cycling calendar.
Shropshire Hills Sportive, Bridgnorth (MIXED)
Now in its fifth year, the Shropshire Hills Sportive is fast becoming one of the most popular events in the British cycling calendar. Participants can choose between three routes: the 52 mile, 69 mile or 98 mile challenges all of which start and end in Bridgnorth Town Centre. Places are limited to 500 so eager cyclists should book early to avoid disappointment.
Hearing Dogs Sportive, Buckinghamshire (MIXED)
The first ever Hearing Dogs Sportive in Buckinghamshire will take place in early June 2015. All funds raised will be donated to the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity to help them train more life-changing dogs. Participants in the sportive will be able to choose between 50, 80 and 100 mile routes starting at the charity’s headquarters in Saunderton and passing through the stunning Chilterns and surrounding countryside. Entrance costs £25.
The Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge, North Yorkshire (MIXED)
Spend two days cycling the stunning Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route as part of the annual challenge. Open to cyclists of all levels of experience, this is much more of a social cycle than a race and plenty of support will be on hand should any problems occur. Overnight accommodation is provided at a campsite but there is also a nearby B&B for anyone put off by the idea of camping. The 146 mile route costs £40 to take part and is a hugely enjoyable and rewarding challenge.
Chiltern Cycling Festival, Buckinghamshire (MIXED/WOMEN ONLY OPTION)
Female cyclists will be able to enjoy women only start grids for all the sportives taking place as part of the Chiltern Cycling Festival. Set in the beautiful surrounds of the Buckinghamshire countryside, the cycling festival makes for a great family day out as well as providing keen cyclists with the opportunity to participate in a sportive. There will be 30, 60 and a 100 mile routes to choose from as well as shorter family-friendly and retro routes too.
Great Weston Ride, Bristol (MIXED)
Perfect for personal challenges for both novice and experienced cyclists, the Great Weston Ride is a beautifully scenic 56 mile route. Setting off from Bristol, participants will pedal their way through North Somerset and the Mendips, across the Somerset Levels and into Weston-super-Mare where this city to coast sportive will come to an end.
Two Moors 100, Devon (MIXED)
Passing through Exmoor and Dartmoor, participants of the Two Moors 100 sportive will get to choose between cycling 100 miles or 100 kilometres. The registration fee is £29 and although sponsorship is not obligatory it is encouraged. Any money raised from sponsorship will be divided between the rider’s chosen charity and charities supported by Rotary International. Negotiating some fantastic climbs and enjoyable sweeping descents, cyclists will be aiming for their personal best in this timed event.
Venus Sprint Tri, Lancashire (WOMEN ONLY)
If you fancy pushing yourself that little bit further and taking a dip into the world of triathlons, the Venus Sprint Tri is a great first challenge with separate categories for novice and experienced competitors. Irrelevant of which category you sign up to, the event will consist of a 500m open water swim, a 20km bike ride down quiet country lanes and a 5km run along a flat and picturesque canal path. Entry costs £35.
RideLondon Grand Prix Women’s Criterium, Central London (WOMEN ONLY)
Some of the best internationally-acclaimed professional female cyclists will be racing around central London over the first weekend of August as they compete in the women’s criterium of RideLondon 2015. Alongside them hundreds of amateur cyclists will get the opportunity to race along the same roads as they complete the London to Surrey 100 mile challenge. A great event to both participate and to spectate, RideLondon is one of the biggest cycling festivals in the world.
Tour de Mon, Isle of Anglesey (MIXED)
For the chance to discover one of Britain’s best kept secrets -the incredibly scenic Isle of Anglesey- there’s no better way than to participate in the Tour de Mon. Cyclists can choose between the 40, 70 or 100 mile routes all of which pass over primarily flat roads. Registration fees cost £27 for the shortest ride, £31 for the mid-length one and £35 for the complete 100 miler. A shorter ride suitable for families with young children is also available - the Tour de Teulu.
Chenies Velo Classique, Buckinghamshire (MIXED/WOMEN ONLY OPTION)
Referred to as the sportive for ‘connoisseurs of fine cycling’, participants can choose to pedal 30, 60 or 100 miles around the glorious countryside before spending the afternoon enjoying the finer things in life in the surroundings of Chenies Manor. A vintage market, gourmet food and wine stalls and a cycling art exhibition will all be present to keep both the cyclists and their friends and family entertained and well looked after. There will even be the opportunity to indulge in a spot of cream tea at the manor house.
The Great Gorilla Ride, Northamptonshire (MIXED)
Starting in the little historic market town of Oundle, riders will set off on either a 45, 71 or 109 mile route through the Northamptonshire countryside popping in and out of some of the surrounding counties too. Each of the routes offers a fair few tough climbs and technical descents but all riders will be rewarded with a hot meal and a pint of beer post-ride. Entrance costs between £21-£26.
An Post Rás na mBan, Ireland (WOMEN ONLY)
Ireland’s premier women’s bike race, An Post Ras na mBan lasts five days and is made up of six challenging stages. Across the course of the event all participants will cycle more than 400km as they compete in one of the most difficult yet most enjoyable stage road races through beautiful Irish countryside.
Ladies of the Lake, Coniston Water (WOMEN ONLY)
The organisers of Sportive Lakes hosted their first women’s only sportive last year to encourage more ladies to participate in the event. The Ladies of the Lake sportive is much more sociable and relaxed than the regular mixed sportives and there are two routes (52 and 62km) to choose from, the shortest of which is ideal for first time entrants.
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