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.