Welcome to Cycling Weekly‘s 2008 British cyclo-sportive calendar.

Cyclo-sportives and challenge rides are continuing to boom in the UK, with more events than ever on the calendar. There’s something for everyone here, ranging from rides covering less than 20 miles to multi-day spectaculars taking in over 500 miles.

In the list below we?ve included every cyclo-sportive and challenge ride we can find, plus a number of other events of a slightly different nature that might appeal to the ?sportiviste?.

We?ve covered as many events as possible but no doubt new events and details will spring up through the year.

Keep checking back for further updates.

Have we missed anything out? Let us know by emailing us at cycling@ipcmedia.com.

You can find reviews of many UK rides and cyclo-sportives in our extensive online Rides section.

Sunday February 24

SWRC Early Spring Cyclo-Sportive

Where: Surrey

HQ: Fetcham Village Hall

Distance: 100km

Entry: £8 (£10 on day)

Further info: www.swrc.org.uk

Phil Cooke Challenge

Where: Dunchurch-Towcester-Dunchurch

HQ: Dunchurch Village Hall on A426

Distances: 50km, 100km

Entry: £3

Sunday March 2

The Surrey Rumble

Where: Cobham, Surrey

HQ: St John Ambulance Hall

Distance: 95km, 125km

Entry: £6 (£8 on the day)

Further info: www.everydaycycling.com

Saturday March 8

The Epic Cycles Spring Challenge

Where: Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire

HQ: Epic Cycles, Tenbury Wells

Distance: 50 miles

Entry: £10 (SOLD OUT)

Further info: www.epic-cycles.co.uk

Sunday March 23

Clarion Easter Meet Sportive

Where: Stamford

HQ: Lady Anne’s Hotel, St Martins Without, Stamford

Distances: 50km, 100km, 160km

Entry: £15

Further info: www.clarioncc.org

Monday March 24

London Phoenix Easter Classic

Where: North east of London in Essex, taking in ‘The Easters’ (High Easter and

Good Easter villages)

HQ: Fairlop, Essex

Distances: 65km, 113km

Entry: £5, £7 on the day

Further info: http://www.londonphoenix.co.uk

Sunday March 30

UCI Cheshire Cat Cyclo-Sportive

Where: Cheshire

HQ: Knutsford Leisure Centre, Knutsford, Cheshire

Distances: 69 miles, 98 miles

Entry: 69 miles: £23;

98 miles: £27

Further info: www.kilotogo.com

Sunday April 13

Lakeland Loop

Where: Cumbria

HQ: New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Great Langdale

Distance: 120km

Entry: £15

Further info: www.epicevents.org

Sunday April 20

North Cornwall ?Tor? Cyclo-Sportive

Where: Cornish Atlantic Coast, Bodmin Moor

HQ: Dragon Centre, Lostwithiel Road, Bodmin

Distance: 100 miles and 110km

Entry: £25

Further info: www.northcornwalltor.co.uk

Sunday April 27

White Horse Challenge

Where: Swindon

HQ: Shrivenham, Wiltshire

Distance: 150km

Entry: £20

Further info: www.whitehorsechallenge.com

Mayor?s Charity Sportive

Where: Huddersfield

HQ: YMCA Sports and Social Club, Laund Hill, Salendine Nook, Huddersfield

Distance: 80 miles

Entry: £15

Further info: www.kirklees.gov.uk/sportive

Sunday Sportive Series

Where: The Chilterns

HQ: Princess Risborough School

Distances: 65k, 95k, 140k

Entry: £15- £17

Further info: www.trailbreak.co.uk/sundaysportive

Saturday May 3

Drumlanrig Tearfund Challenge

Where: Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Dumfries, Scotland

HQ: Castle Grounds

Distances: 38 miles, 82 miles

Entry: £20 donation requested

Further info: www.drumlanrig

challenge.btik.com

Sunday May 4

Forest of Dean Spring Classic

Where: Monmouth

HQ: Chippenham

Distance: 85 miles

Entry: £21 (entry online £30)

Further info:www.forestofdeanspringclassic.co.uk

Preseli Teifi Sportif

Where: Newport, Pembrokeshire, West Wales

HQ: Newport Parrog

Distance: 30.5 miles (Loop 1) and 47 miles (Loop 2)

Entry: Loop 1: (30.5 miles) £10; Loop 1 and 2: (77.5 miles) £20

Further info: www.velo-teifi.org.uk or www.newport-pembs.co.uk

Friday May 9-Monday May 12

Tour of Ireland Cycle Challenge (four days)

Where: Lisburn, Cavan Town, Galway, Kilkenny and Dublin, Ireland

HQ: www.tourofireland.eu

Distance: 502 miles over four stages (115m, 124m, 140m, 123m)

Entry: £400, includes four nights’ accommodation, feed stations, full support and more. See website for details.

Further info: www.tourofireland.eu

Saturday May 10

Bealach Beag

Where: Applecross Peninsular, North West Scotland

HQ: Shieldaig Village Hall

Distance: 45 miles

Entry: £30

Further info: www.bealach-na-ba.co.uk

Sunday May 11

Fred Whitton Challenge

Where: Lake District. Takes in all the major Lakeland passes concluding with double whammy of Hardknott and Wrynose.

HQ: Conniston, Cumbria

Distance: 112 miles

Entry: £30

Further info: www.fredwhittonchallenge.org.uk

Dartmoor Classic Cyclo-Sportive

Where: Dartmoor, Devon.

HQ: Kingsteignton

Distances: 160km

Entry: £25

Further info: www.dartmoorclassic.co.uk

Classic Oxfordshire Bike Ride

Where: From south Oxfordshire up to Abingdon and into the Vale of the White Horse.

HQ: Didcot

Distances: 30 miles, 60 miles

Entry: £12.50 (£6.50 under 14s)

Further info: www.bike-events.com

Squires and Spires Cyclo-Sportive

Where: Northamptonshire

HQ: Naseby Village Hall, Naseby, Northants

Distances: The Maid: 40 miles; The Duchess: 80 miles

Entry: £20

Further info: www.justracinguk.com

Sunday Sportive Series

Where: South Downs

HQ: Duncton Village Hall, Duncton

Distances: 65k, 95k, 140k

Entry: £15- £17

Further info: www.trailbreak.co.uk/sundaysportive

Sunday May 18

Etape Caledonia

Where: Highland Perthshire

Distances: 81 miles

Entry: £49

Further info: www.etapecaledonia.co.uk

Etape du Dales

Where: North Yorkshire.

HQ: Grassington.

Distance: 110 miles

Entry: £30 (SOLD OUT)

Further info: www.etapedudales.co.uk

Castle Ride 100

Where: Tonbridge, Kent.

HQ: Tonbridge Castle

Distance: 100 miles

Entry: £25

Further info: www.castleride.org

Hampshire Hilly Hundred

Where: Hampshire Downs

HQ: Perins School, New Arlesford

Distances: 132km, 152km, 165km

Entry: £20, £30 with T-shirt

Further info: www.sportivecycling.org.uk

Dorset 100/50

Where: Wareham Middle School, Worgret, Wareham

HQ: www.bike-events.com

Distances: 100 miles, 50 miles

Entry: £16, £15

Further info: www.bike-events.com

The Phoenix CC Sportive

Where: Northern Ireland

HQ: Lamh Derg GAA Complex, Hannahstown

Distances: 60m, 100m

Entry: £20

Further info: www.phoenix-sportive.co.uk.

Saturday May 24

Gore Bike Wear

Where: Ruthin, Wales

HQ: Rugby Club, Ruthin, Wales

Distances: 80-100 miles

Entry: £25

Further info: www.mtb-marathon.co.uk

Richmond Cyclo-Sportives: 5 Dale 100, 4 Dale 80 and 3 Dale 50

Where: Richmond, North Yorkshire

HQ: Richmond School

Distances: 50 miles, 80 miles, 100 miles,

Entry: £15

Further info: www.richmondcyclingclub.co.uk

Saturday May 24-Monday May 26

Tour of Wessex (three-day event)

Where: Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire

HQ: Hadpsen House, Castle Cary, Somerset

Distances: Stage 1: 92 miles; stage 2: 93 miles; stage 3: 106 miles; 50-mile charity ride; 25 mile family ride

Entry: 3 stages: £73; 1 stage: £26; charity: £20; family: £15

Further info: www.tourofwessex.com

Sunday May 25

Grand Fondo Cymru

Where: Bala, Gwynedd, North Wales

HQ: Penllyn Leisure Centre, Bala

Distances: 61km, 146km, 200km

Entry: £25

Further info: www.i-team.cc

Saturday May 31

Skye Mor and Skye Beag

Where: Portree, Skye

HQ: Portree

Distances: 50 miles, 100 miles

Entry fee: £30

Further info: www.bealach-na-ba.co.uk

Sunday June 1

Polka Dot Challenge

Where: Peak District

HQ: Woodford War

Memorial Community Centre, Bramhall Cheshire

Distances: 72 miles, 100 miles

Entry: £20

Further info: www.polkadotchallenge.co.uk

Chiltern Hundred Challenge

Where: The Chiltern Hills

HQ: Misbourne School, Great Missenden, Bucks

Distances: Gran Fondo: 107m, Medio Fondo: 63m, Corto Fondo: 53m

Entry: £15

Further info: www.chiltern-hundred.org.uk

CTC David Duffield Challenge

Where: Corsham, Wiltshire

Distance: 100km/150km

Entry:£12.50 (CTC members), £15 (non-members)

Further info: www.ctc.org.uk/challengerides

Sunday June 8

UCI Highclere Castle Victor Ludorum

Where: Newbury, Berkshire

HQ: Highclere Castle, Highclere Park, Newbury

Distances: 70km, 120km, 200km

Entry: 70km: £19; 120km: £23; 200km: £25

Further info: www.cyclegb.co.uk

Norwich 100/50

Where: City Hall, St Peter?s Street, Norwich

HQ: www.bike-events.com

Distances: 50 miles, 100 miles

Entry: £16, £15

Further info: www.bike-events.com

The White Rose Classic

Where: Yorkshire Dales

HQ: Old Otliensians RUFC Club House, Pool Road, Otley, West Yorkshire

Distances: 80km, 133km, 185km

Entry: £20

Further info: www.whiteroseclassic.co.uk

OrchidCycle Essex

Where: Essex

HQ: Lake Meadows, Billericay

Distances: 20, 40 and 75 mile rides plus a 100 mile cyclo-sportive

Entry: 20m, 40m, 75m: £12 (£15 on the day) 100m: £22 (£25 on the day)

Further info:Click here for further info>>

Sunday Sportive Series

Where: The Ridgeway

HQ: Letcomb Regis Village Hall, Wantage

Distances: 65k, 95k, 140k

Entry: £15- £17

Further info: www.trailbreak.co.uk/sundaysportive

Saturday June 14

Exmouth Exodus night ride

Where: Bristol to Exmouth

HQ: Channings Hotel, Clifton, Bristol

Distances: 100 miles

Entry: Free. £1 for route sheet, donations welcome.

Further info: www.exmouth-exodus.co.uk

Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge: UCI Golden Wheel Event

Where: Newcastle-upon-Tyne

HQ: Newcastle Falcons Rugby Ground, Kingston Park, Newcastle upon Tyne

Distances: 31 miles, 62 miles, 100 miles

Entry: youth: £8; over 16: £18

Further info: www.northernrockcyclone.co.uk

Sunday June 15

East Midlands CiCLE Challenge

Where: East Leicestershire & Rutland

HQ: King Edward VII Sports Centre, Melton Mowbray

Distances: 30km, 100km, 180km

Entry: 30km: £5; 100km: £15; 180km: £20

Further info: www.cicleclassic.co.uk

Pain in the Pennines

Where: Halifax (West Yorkshire)

HQ: Greetland Community Centre, Halifax

Distances: 60 miles, 103 miles

Entry: £15

Further info: www.halifax-imps.org.uk

The Dragon Ride

Where: Welsh Valleys

HQ: Pencoed College, Bridgend, South Wales

Distances: 120km, 180km

Entry: £26

Further info: www.dragonride.co.uk

Cairngorm Mountain 100 and Cairngorm Mountain 50

Where: Cairngorm Mountain, near Aviemore

HQ: Cairngorm Mountain Centre

Distances: 50 miles, 100 miles

Entry: £30

Further info: www.bealach-na-ba.co.uk

Saturday June 21

Iron Mountain Sportif

Where: South Wales

HQ: Bailey Park, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

Distances: 40km, 80km, 180km

Entry: 40km: £10; 80km: £20; 180km: £25; discounts for under 16s

Further info: www.fusionsites.co.uk/abergavenny

Solent Coasts Cycling Challenge

Where: Hampshire and The Isle of Wight – circular route with multiple start points

HQ: Lymington Ferry Terminal

Distance: 66 miles

Entry: £11.50 – subsidised ferry tickets at £8.50

Further info: www.solentchallenge.org.uk

Sunday June 22

Circuit of the Cotswolds

Where: Cotswolds: Oxfordshire/ Warwickshire/Gloucestershire

HQ: Witney, near Oxford

Distances: 70 miles, 102 miles

Entry: £25

Further info: www.circuitofthecotswolds.org

Kent Coast and Countryside Bike Ride

Where: Kent

HQ: Ashford Christchurch School, Millbank Road, Ashford, Kent

Distances: 29 miles, 53 miles

Entry: £13.50, £14.50

Further info: www.bike-events.com

CTC Ron Kitching Memorial Challenge

Where: York

Distance: 100km/150km

Entry:£12.50 (CTC members), £15 (non-members)

Further info: www.ctc.org.uk/challengerides

Saturday June 28

Yorkshire 50/100

Where: Skipton, North Yorkshire

HQ: The Bailey, Skipton

Distances: 50km, 100km

Entry: £16, £15

Further info: www.bike-events.com

Sunday June 29

Dave Lloyd Challenge

Where: North Wales

HQ: Ruthin Leisure Centre, Ruthin

Distances: 69 miles, 140 miles

Entry: £30

Further info: www.davelloydmegachallenge.com

Peaks Challenge

Where: Peak District

HQ: Ashbourne Rec Ground

Distances: 29 miles, 49 miles

Entry: £13.50, £12.50

Further info: www.bike-events.com

Saturday July 5

Gore Bike Wear

Where: Builth Wells, Wales

HQ: White House Farm,

Distances: 80-100 miles

Entry: £25

Further info: www.mtb_marathon.co.uk

Tour of Exmoor

Where: Devon

HQ: Porlock Caravan and Camping Park

Distances: 85 miles, 103 miles

Entry: 85 miles: £21; 103 miles: £26

Further info: www.tourofexmoor.com

Sunday July 6

Birmingham to Oxford

Where: West Midlands

HQ: Solihull Sixth Form College, Widney College, Solihull

Distances: 59 miles, 69 miles

Entry: £12.50, £13.50

Further info: www.bike-events.com

London to Oxford

Where: South

HQ: Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, Ealing, London

Distances: 57 miles

Entry: £13.50, £12.50

Further info: www.bike-events.com

Three Countries Challenge

Where: Cumbria

HQ: Westmorland County Agricultural Society Show Ground at Crooklands near Kendal, Cumbria

Distances: 63m, 100m, 125m

Entry: 63m- £25, 100m/ 125m- £30, Family Fun route- £5

Further info: www.3countieschallenge.com

Sunday Sportive Series

Where: North Downs into Kent

HQ: TBC

Distances: 65k, 95k, 140k

Entry: £15- £17

Further info: www.trailbreak.co.uk/sundaysportive

Saturday July 12

Essex Countryside

Where: Essex

HQ: Little Havens Hospice, Thundersley, Essex

Distances: 60 miles, 35 miles, 18 miles

Entry: £12.50, £11.50

Further info: www.bike-events.com

Sunday July 13

Manchester to Blackpool

Where: North-East

HQ: Albert Square, Manchester

Distances: 60 miles

Entry: £14, £13

Further info: www.bike-events.com

Salisbury Road Club Seventy 70

Where: The New Forest

HQ: Woodgreen Village Hall

Distances: 35km, 70km, 70 miles

Entry: £5 aduts, £3 concessions

Further info:www.salisburyroadclub.org.uk

3rd Lions Solihull/Warwickshire Bikeathon

Where: Warwickshire countryside

HQ: Packwood NT House, Solihull/ Warwickshire border

Distances: 10m, 17m, 28m

Entry: £6

Further info: www.knowleanddorridgelions.com

Sunday July 20

Roses Round

Where: Ribble Valley

HQ: Sawley Village Hall, near Clitheroe

Distances: 90km, 130km

Entry: £15

Further info: www.epicevents.org

Legbreaker Challenge

Where: Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands, with over 3,000m of climbing

HQ: Leek High School from 7.15am, or sign-on at Den Engel Belgian Bar on 1pm-5pm on July 19

Distances: 72km, 130km

Entry: 72km: £20; 130km: £22.50

Further info: www.legbreaker.co.uk

London to Southend

Where: South-East

HQ: Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets, London

Distances: 59 miles

Entry: £16, £15

Further info: www.bike-events.com

Saturday July 26

Tour of the Black Mountains

Where: The Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons, South Wales

HQ: Pen-y-dre Farm, Llanvihangel Crucourney, Monmouthshire

Distances: 85 miles, 115 miles

Entry: 85 miles: £21; 115 miles: £26

Further info: www.tourofthe

blackmountains.com

Sunday July 27

The Ryedale Rumble

Where: Howardian Hills and North York Moors

HQ: St Martins Ampleforth Preparatory School, Gilling Castle, Gilling East, North Yorkshire

Distances: 188km

Entry: £25

Further info: www.ryedalerumble.co.uk

London to Cambridge

Where: South

HQ: Pickett?s Lock, off Meridian Way

Distances: 50 miles

Entry: £16, £15

Further info: www.bike-events.com

Saturday August 2

Gore Bike Wear

Where: Selkirk, Wales

HQ: Rugby Club, Selkirk, Wales

Distances: 80 miles, 100 miles

Entry: £25

Further info: www.mtb-marathon.co.uk

Sunday August 3

Pendle Pedal

Where: Pendle, East Lancashire

HQ: Rolls Royce Sports Ground, Barnoldswick

Distances: 100km, 160km

Entry: £20

Further info: www.pennineevents.co.uk

Ride of the Falling Rain

Where: Isle of Islay, Scotland

HQ: Debbie’s Cafe, Bruichladdich, Islay

Distance: 100m (162km)

Entry: Free, donate to the Braveheart Cycling Fund

Further info: www.rideofthefallingrain.net

Sunday August 10

The Devil Ride

Where: Builth Wells, Powys, Wales including the Staircase and the Bridge

HQ: Sports Centre, Builth Wells

Distances: 100 miles

Entry: £25

Further info: www.devilride.co.uk

Sunday August 17

Sunday Sportive Series

Where: Across the Chilterns and Ridgeway

HQ: Checkenden race site, Woodcote, Oxfordshire

Distances: 65k, 95k, 140k

Entry: £15- £17

Further info: www.trailbreak.co.uk/sundaysportive

Sunday August 24

Wild Wales Challenge

Where: North Wales

HQ: Bala & Penlynn Sports Pavillion

Distances: 90 miles

Entry: £12.50

Further info: www.merseysidectc.com

Sunday August 31

The Cumberland Challenge

Where: Brampton, Cumbria

HQ: William Howard School, Brampton

Distances: 105 miles

Entry: £20

Further info: www.thecumberlandchallenge.co.uk

CTC Phil & Friends Challenge

Where: Peak District

Distance: 100km/150km

Entry:£12.50 (CTC members), £15 (non-members)

Further info: www.ctc.org.uk/challengerides

Saturday September 6

Bealach Mor

Where: Scottish Highlands

HQ: Kinlochewe

Distance: 90 miles

Entry: £30 (Sold Out)

Further info: www.bealach-na-ba.co.uk

Sunday September 7

Trans Cambrian Cyclo-Sportive

Where: Cambrian Mountains and Elan Valley, Mid-Wales

HQ:Rhayader Smithfield

Distance: 87 miles

Entry: £17

Further info: www.clivepowell-mtb.co.uk

Spud Riley Ride

Where: Peak District

HQ: Woodford Wall Memorial Community Centre

Distance: 50 miles, 100 miles

Entry: £20

Further info: www.polkadotchallenge.co.uk

Manchester 100

Where: North

HQ: Wythenshawe Park, Manchester

Distance: 100 miles or 100km

Entry: £16, £15

Further info: www.bike-events.com

Wessex 100

Where: West Country

HQ: The Guildhall, Market Place, Salisbury

Distance: 100 miles, 50 miles

Entry: £16, £15

Further info: www.bike-events.com

Saturday September 13

Gore Bike Wear

Where: Penrith, Cumbria

HQ: Lowther Estate, Penrith, Cumbria

Distances: 80-100 miles

Entry: £25

Further info: www.mtb-marathon.co.uk

Sunday September 14

The Southern Sportive

Where: South Downs

HQ: Petersfield, Hampshire

Distances: 71km, 112km, 155km

Entry: £25

Further info: www.trailbreak.co.uk

Circuit of Kent

Where: Sevenoaks, Kent

HQ: Godden Green, Sevenoaks

Distances: 80km, 140km

Entry: £30

Further info: www.kentcyclosportive.co.uk

New Forest

Where: South

HQ: Brockenhurst Sixth Form College, Lyndhurst Road

Distances: 18 miles, 28 miles, 48 miles

Entry: £13.50, £12.50

Further info: www.bike-events.com

Sunday September 21

Southdowns Challenge

Where: Southwick Village, near Portsmouth

HQ: D-Day Memorial Hall

Distances: 50 miles, 80 miles

Entry: £16 (On the day: £18)

Further info: www.southdownschallenge.co.uk

Saturday September 27

Ullapool Cycle Challenge

Where: Ullapool, Sutherland

HQ: Ullapool

Distances: 130 miles

Entry: £30

Further info: www.bealach-na-ba.co.uk

Saturday September 27

Tour of Dartmoor

Where: Devon

HQ: River Dart Country Park

Distances: 85 miles, 106 miles,

Entry: 106 miles: £26; 85 miles: £21

Further info: www.tourofdartmoor.com

Oxford to Cambridge

HQ: Broad Street, Oxford

Distances: 89 miles

Entry: £20

Further info: www.bike-events.com

Sunday October 5

The Autumn Epic

Where: Knighton, Powys, Wales

HQ: Community Hall, Knighton

Distance: 90 miles

Entry: £25

Further info: www.autumnepic.co.uk

Sunday October 12

Rothwell District Lions Club’s 5th Wild Boar Challenge

Where: Leeds, West Yorkshire

HQ: Rothwell Country Park, Rothwell, Leeds

Distances: 15km, 50km

Further info: www.wildboarchallenge.ik.com

Sunday Sportive Series

Where: North Downs and hogs back areas.

HQ: Bramley Village Hall, Bramley

Distances: 65k, 95k, 140k

Entry: £15- £17

Further info: www.trailbreak.co.uk/sundaysportive

Sunday November 2

The Exmoor Beast

Where: Exmoor, Devon.

HQ: Wimbleball Lake

Distances: 100 miles and 100km

Entry: £27

Further info: www.exmoorbeast.org

Do you want your sportive to feature in our calendar? Email the details to cycling@ipcmedia.com

SELECTED FOREIGN RIDES

La Marmotte, July 5

Classic Alpine sportive that finishes on top of Alpe d?Huez. The 174km La Marmotte starts from Bourg d?Oisans and climbs the Col du Glandon and the fearsome Col du Galibier via the Col du Télégraphe, before the final haul up Alpe d?Huez.

Info: www.sportcommunication.com

La Ventoux, June 6

The Ventoux sportive is over three distances. The 144km Master, 97km Senior and 80km Découverte (open to children over 14) start and finish in Beaumes de Venise, climbing to the summit via Malaucene, while the Grimpe du Ventoux starts in Bedoin, and climbs via the more well-known Chalet Reynard route.

Info: www.sportcommunication.com

Maratona dles Dolomites, June 29

The demanding route through the Italian Dolomites makes the Maratona the most spectacular Gran Fondo on the calendar. The three routes, over 138, 106 and 55 kilometres, ascend some of the most spectacular passes in the Dolomites.

Info: www.maratona.it

Gran Fondo Eroica, October 5

The four routes, over 205, 135, 75 and 38 kilometres, wind through the amazing Chianti countryside near Siena, Tuscany, with half of the routes following the dirt roads that twist through this wine-producing region.

Info: go to www.eroica.it

RELATED LINKS

CW’s Dummies’ Guide to Cyclo-Sportives