Currently going through a boom, the UK sportive calendar has expanded hugely over the last couple of years. These challenge events are now all the rage with new ones appearing everywhere.

Some are old reliability trials organised by established cycling clubs, repackaged for the 21st century. Others are new fixtures organised either as business ventures or for charity fundraising. This year there?s been a big boom in events that accompany Premier Calendar races.

What is certain is that every type of challenge rides are very popular. Favourites like the Fred Whitton and Etape du Dales are selling out in days. All 5,000 places in the British Cyclo-Sportive were taken within 24 hours while other new events are filling up fast. If you want to get involved, then our advice is to get your entry in fast.

Listed below is our guide to this year?s sportives. We?ve included 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 CW for further updates.

SATURDAY MARCH 24

Surrey Legs of Steel-Dave Aitchison Challenge Ride

Where: HQ: Box Hill, Surrey

Distances: 46km, 81km

Entry: £20

Notes: An up and down day in the Surrey Hills including the 21 per cent Winterfold Hill

Further info: www.fulontri.com

SUNDAY MARCH 25

The Cheshire Cat Sportive

Where: HQ: Knutsford, Cheshire

Distances: 59m, 97.5m

Entry: £19.50

Notes: First event in the season long series of events organised by Kilotogo. Don?t forget that the clocks go forward the night before

Further info: www.kilotogo.com

SUNDAY APRIL 8

The Cannock Chase Sportive

Where: Staffordshire. HQ: Penkridge, Staffordshire

Distances: 69m, 112m

Entry: £19.50

Notes: An Easter weekend ride that strings together a number of long draggy climbs around the woodlands and moors of Staffordshire

Further info: www.kilotogo.com

SUNDAY APRIL 15

Lakeland Loop

Where: Cumbria. HQ: Great Langdale

Distance: 120km

Entry: £10

Notes: Tough Lake District route that includes the savage climbs of Hardknott and Wrynose. Perfect alternative for those unable to get into the Fred Whitton challenge. A recce for those that did

Further info: www.theendurancecoach.com

Epic Cycles Spring Classic

Where: Shropshire. HQ: Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire

Distance: 50m

Entry: £10 (Maximum entries 120)

Notes: A mini-sportive modelled on the Italian Corto Fondos. Doesn?t have all the frills of a fully supported event but provides an early season challenge in the Clee Hills of Shropshire. Proceeds go to West Midlands Air Ambulance

Further info: www.epiccycles.co.uk/challenge.htm

SUNDAY APRIL 22

Hereward the Wake Sportive

Where: Cambridgeshire and Nothamptonshire. HQ: Peterborough

Distances: 86m, 106m

Entry: £19.50

Notes: Combines the undulations of Rockingham Forest with the flatlands of the Fens. Expect a hard day if it?s windy

Further info: www.kilotogo.com

SUNDAY APRIL 29

White Horse Challenge

Where: HQ: Shrivenham, Wiltshire

Distance: 150km

Entry: £15 (Sold out)

Notes: A new event that?s already filled its capacity for 2007. The route circles Swindon with climbs in the Marlborough and Lambourn Downs. Proceeds raised from the event go to Wateraid and World Vision

Further info: www.whitehorsechallenge.com/

Kirklees Cyclo-Sportive

Where: Kirklees, West Yorkshire

Distance: 70 miles

Entry: £10

Notes: Takes in the rural districts of the Holme valley, Denby Dale and the Pennines, as well as the urban towns of the Heavy Woollen District. The starting point will be the Old Cattle Market on Woodhead Road in Holmfirth (near the Victoria pub).

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

SATURDAY MAY 5

Drumlanrig Tearfund Challenge

Where: Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfriesshire

Distances: 43m, 82m

Entry: Free (£15 donation requested)

Notes: A charity fundraiser that mixes plenty of climbing with stately home grandeur, Scotland?s highest village and the birthplace of the pedal cycle. Pre-registration advised

Further info: www.drumlanrigchallenge.btik.com

SUNDAY MAY 6

Forest of Dean Spring Classic

Where: Monmouth, Monmouthshire

Distance: 138km

Entry: £20 (entry on line: £25)

Notes: Major fully-supported event around the relentless undulations of the Forest of Dean. Includes 8,000 feet of climbing

Further info:

www.forestofdeanspringclassic.co.uk

Click here for Cycling Weekly’s review of the 2007 event

York and East Riding Sportive

Where: Yorkshire. HQ: Knottingley

Distances: 78m, 113.4m

Entry: £19.50

Notes: Another Kilotogo event which ventures from flat industrial Yorkshire into the rural and surprisingly challenging Wolds

Further info: www.kilotogo.com

SATURDAY MAY 12

Bealach Beag

Where: Scottish Highlands. HQ: Shieldaig

Distance: 43m

Entry: £25

Notes: A tour of the Applecross Peninsula which takes in the mighty Bealach-na-Ba with its 626 metres of climbing. About half of the route is on the coastal roads with the rest clambering across an unspoilt corner of Scotland. A shorter alternative to the longer but already oversubscribed Bealach-na-Ba Challenge later in the year

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

SUNDAY MAY 13

South Western RC Annual May Sportive

Where: Surrey. HQ: Cobham

Distances: 50m, 90m

Entry: £10 (EoL: £12)

Notes: A relatively well established sportive that takes in quiet country lanes around Surrey and Sussex. The climb of Coombe Bottom provides a challenge on the outward and return legs of both the long and short routes

Further info: www.swrc.org.uk

Fred Whitton Challenge

Where: Lake District. HQ: Conniston, Cumbria

Distance: 114m

Entry: £25 (sold out)

Notes: The granddaddy of all British sportives. Takes in all the major Lakeland passes concluding with the double whammy of Hardknott and Wrynose. Despite increasing its capacity to 800, entries sold out within 24 hours

Further info: www.fredwhittonchallenge.org.uk

Dartmoor Classic Cyclo Sportive

Where: Devon. HQ: Kingsteignton

Distances: 100km, 160km

Entry: £15

Notes: New event promoted by the Mid-Devon CC which loops around Dartmoor and its many climbs. Expect a hard ride, especially if the wind is blowing up on the moor

Further info: www.dartmoorclassic.co.uk/

Classic Oxfordshire Bike Ride

Where: HQ: Didcot

Distances: 30m, 60m

Entry: £12.50 (£6.50 kids)

Notes: First in a number of rides organised by Bike Events that caters towards the more leisure orientated end of the market. Supports the Against Breast Cancer charity

Further info: www.bike-events.com

SUNDAY MAY 20

Etape du Dales

Where: North Yorkshire. HQ: Grassington.

Distance: 110m

Entry: £20 (sold out)

Notes: A legendary romp around the Yorkshire Dales in benefit of the Dave Rayner Fund. Landmark climbs include Garsdale Head, Fleet Moss and Tan Hill, home of Britain?s highest pub

Further info: www.etapedudales.co.uk

East Midlands CiCLE Challenge Sportive

Where: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Distances: 100km, 180km

Entry: £20

Notes: Based on the award winning East Midlands (Rutland-Melton) Premier Calendar race with several sections of rough dirt track riding. Suitable for road bikes although wider puncture resistant tyres are recommended. Also incorporates a 30km family ride (entry £5 per family)

Further info: www.cicleclassic.co.uk

Castle Bike Ride

Where: Kent. HQ: Tonbridge Castle

Distance: 100m

Entry: £12.50

Notes: A charity event that strings a route between six castles in Kent. Entrants are obliged to raise a minimum of £25 sponsorship for Action Medical Research

Further info: www.action.org.uk/get_involved/castleride.php

Hampshire Hilly Hundred

Where: HQ: Wessex Conference Centre, nr Winchester

Distances: 75m, 100m

Entry: £16

Notes: Designed as a preparation event for major Continental sportives in the summer. Tackles the bumpy countryside north of Winchester including the ascent of Watership Down. Watch out for rabbits!

Further info: www.sportivecycling.org.uk

SATURDAY MAY 26

Richmond Five Dale Cyclo-Sportive

Where: North Yorkshire. HQ: Richmond

Distances: 80km, 129km, 161km

Entry: £5

Notes: Part of the Richmond Festival that also includes grass-track and Premier Calendar road racing. The longest ride tackles six major climbs and five dales

Further info: www.richmondcyclingclub.co.uk

Tour of Wessex

Where: South-West England. HQ: Sutton Montis, Somerset

Distances: 25m 50m 100m

Entry: £15 (15m, 25m), £25 (100m)

Notes: Single day accompaniment to the multi-stage event of the same name (listed below). Ideal for those who can?t commit to the whole weekend. Visits Cadbury Castle and Glastonbury with some steep climbs chucked in

Further info: www.tourofwessex.com

SATURDAY MAY 26-MONDAY MAY 28

Tour of Wessex (Three-day event)

Where: South-West England. HQ: Sutton Montis, Somerset

Distances: 325m (three stages: 100m, 100m, 125m).

Entry: £55 (close May 12)

Notes: A cyclo-sportive answer to stage racing, spread across the Bank Holiday weekend. Starting out from the same HQ each day, the various routes take in Cheddar Gorge, Glastonbury, the Jurassic coast, the Quantock Hills and Exmoor

Further info: www.tourofwessex.com

SUNDAY MAY 27

Gran Fondo Cymru

Where: North Wales. HQ: Bala

Distances: 38m, 108m, 138m

Entry: £25 (£15 juniors)

Notes: A tour of the Snowdonia National Park and Cambrian Mountains in aid of the Ty Gobain Children?s Hospice and the Dave Rayner Fund. A tough route with plenty of climbing including the savage and unforgettable Bwlch-y-Groes

Further info: www.i-team.co.uk

SUNDAY JUNE 3

David Duffield Challenge

Where: Cotswolds, Somerset. HQ: Corsham, Wiltshire

Distances: ?Family?, 100km, 150km

Entry: £15 (£12.50 CTC members)

Notes: A CTC challenge ride that pays homage to the legendary Eurosport commentator. Proceeds go to CTC campaigns and the Cyclists? Defence Fund. Starts in Duffield?s home village, passes Stonehenge and calls in at the house of bike innovator Alex Moulton

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

Bike Wales

Where: Mid Wales. HQ: LLanwrtyd Wells

Distances: 50m, 100m.

Entry: £18 (50m), £25 (100m)

Notes: Routes are yet to have been decided but, based in the Cambrian Mountains, are bound to involve a lot of climbing and spectacular scenery. Organised by Alan Rushton?s Events Group

Further info: www.bikewales.org

Chiltern Hundred

Where: Chiltern Hills. HQ: Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire

Distance: 171km

Entry: £10

Notes: Hills on the course profile come with alarming regularity. Includes Bison Hill, the Crong, Whiteleaf Hill and Bledlow Ridge

Further info: www.verulamcc.org.uk

Norwich Century

Where: East Norfolk. HQ: Norwich.

Distances: 50m, 100m

Entry: £12.50 (50m), £15 (100m)

Notes: Both rides loop out from Norwich to the North Sea and back. The longer ride traces the coastline for some distance. In aid of the British Heart Foundation

Further info: www.bike-events.com

So You Think Essex Is Flat?

Where: Epping, Essex.

Distances: 70m, 105m

Entry: £19.50

Notes: Designed to dispel to geographical stereotypes with a tough undulating route. Significant ascents come at High Beach in Epping Forest and Little Baddow ? a favourite of the Essex Road Race league. Easily accessible for London-based riders

Further info: www.kilotogo.com

SUNDAY JUNE 10

The White Rose Classic

Where: Yorkshire Dales. HQ: Otley, West Yorkshire

Distances: 80km, 133km, 185km

Entry: £20 (800 capacity, sold out)

Notes: Another Dales ride that includes the climbs of Fleet Moss and Garsdale Head. Also passes through Three Peaks country

Further info: www.whiteroseclassic.co.uk

Victor Ludorum / Downs Challenge

Where: Southern England. HQ: Highclere Castle, nr Newbury, Berkshire

Distances: 72m, 115m

Entry: £22.50 (72m), £24.50 (115m) (prices rise after May 20)

Notes: A UCI-sanctioned event that takes in the rolling downs of Berkshire and Hampshire. Climbs include Walbury Hill, HMS Winchester and Watership Down

Further info: www.cyclegb.co.uk

SATURDAY JUNE 16

Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge

Where: Northumberland. HQ: Kingston Park, Newcastle upon Tyne

Distances: 31m, 62m, 100m

Entry: £15

Notes: Part of a weekend-long cycling festival in the North-East that includes the big money Leazes Park Criteriums and the Beaumont Trophy Premier Calendar Race. Route ventures out into Northumberland and the North Cheviot Hills with a high point at Troughend Common

Further info: www.northernrockcyclone.co.uk

SUNDAY JUNE 17

Pain in the Pennines

Where: Yorkshire. HQ: Greetland, nr Halifax

Distances: 60m, 103m

Entry: £15 (£20 EoL)

Notes: Promoted by Halifax Imperial Wheelers with all proceeds going to the Overgate Hospital in Elland. Features a number of tough climbs including Blackstone Edge, Mytholm Steeps, Bacup Moor and the famously drawn-out Crag Vale

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

Polka Dot Challenge

Where: Peak District. HQ: Woodford, Greater Manchester

Distances: 70m, 100m

Entry: £15

Notes: Tackles some of the toughest climbs in the Peak District including the 11.5km Cat and Fiddle, Snake Pass and Winnats Pass. The shorter route cuts out the latter two but does still tackle Long Hill and Axe Edge, both of which rise out of Buxton. Proceeds go to the Adult Leukaemia unit at Christies Hospital, Manchester

Further info: www.polkadotchallenge.co.uk

Circuit of the Cotswolds

Where: Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. HQ: Yarnton, Oxon

Distances: 75m, 105m

Entry: £15

Notes: Highly regarded event promoted by former national hill-climb champion Jim Henderson and former members of the Oxford University CC in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Research. Features 10 major climbs including Cleeve Hill

Further info: www.circuitofthecotswolds.org

London-Brighton

Where: Clapham-South Coast

Distance: 58m

Entry: £28

Notes: The classic mass start leisure ride and a hugely popular fundraiser for the British Heart Foundation. Climbs over Ditchling Beacon before dropping into Brighton

Further info: www.bike-events.com

SATURDAY JUNE 23

Ron Kitching Challenge

Where: Howardian Hills and North York Moors. HQ: York

Distances: 100km, 150km

Entry: £15 (£12.50 CTC members)

Notes: A CTC challenge ride that coincides with the York Rally. Highlights include White Horse Bank, the one-in-three climb of Rosedale Chimney and the stateliest of homes at Castle Howard

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

Ryedale Rumble

Where: Howardian Hills and North York Moors. HQ: Helmsley

Distances: 92km, 131km, 180km

Entry: £20 (maximum entries: 600)

Notes: Promoted by the local division of British Cycling as part of the Yorkshire Festival. Not to be confused with the CTC ride over many of the same roads on the same day. Also tackles White Horse Bank and Rosedale Chimney but gets its stately home fix from Dunscombe Park where it will start and finish. Over the course of the weekend, the estate will also host grass-track and speedway racing as well as the Rydale Grand Prix Premier Calendar event

Further info: www.bcyorkshire.com

SUNDAY JUNE 24

Etape Caledonia

Where: Mid-Scotland. HQ: Pitlochry, Highland Perthshire

Distances: 45km, 134km

Entry: £25 (45km), £49 (134km)

Notes: First ever UK cyclo-sportive to benefit from closed roads. Feature climb of Schiehallion (1,038m) comes midway through

Further info: www.etapecaledonia.co.uk

The Dragon Ride

Where: Welsh Valleys. HQ: Bridgend, South Wales

Distances: 135km, 200km

Entry: £23.50 (Maximum entries: 2250)

Notes: Classic Welsh sportive. Route reversed from previous years and adjusted to include two ascents of the huge Bwlch Mountain. Route also climbs over the similarly sized Rhigos with the longer ride taking a loop round the Brecon Beacons

Further info: www.dragonride.co.uk

SATURDAY JUNE 30-SUNDAY JULY 1

Exmouth Exodus

Where: Bristol-Exmouth

Distance: 100m

Entry: Free

Notes: Not a sportive but the West Country?s answer to the Dunwich Dynamo ? which is also included in this list. Established last year and expected to grow in popularity, it?s an unsupported overnight mass bike ride from Bristol to the South Devon Coast. Hillier than its East Anglian counterpart

Further info: www.exmouthexodus.co.uk

SUNDAY JULY 1

The British Cyclo-Sportive

Where: London (Greenwich)-Canterbury

Distance: 120m

Entry: £38 (Maximum entries: 5,000, sold out)

Notes: As big as sportives have yet got in this country. A special UK interpretation of the Etape du Tour to celebrate the start of this year?s Tour de France on these shores. Traces the route the pros will be taking one week later. Sold out within 24 hours of entries being made available

Further info: www.everydaycycling.com

Rutland and Belvoir Sportive

Where: East Midlands. HQ: Loughborough, Leicestershire

Distances: 67m, 107m

Entry: £19.50

Notes: An alternative for those who didn?t get in to the British Sportive that cruises around the land of pork pies and Stilton cheese

Further info: www.kilotogo.com

CTC Leicestershire and Rutland DA Challenge Rides

Where: HQ: Bagworth, Leicestershire

Distances: 25m, 50m, 100m

Entry: tbc

Notes: A leisurely paced outing in Leicestershire

Further info: peterkwitting@tiscali.co.uk

SUNDAY JULY 15

Roses Round

Where: Ribble Valley. HQ: Sawley, Lancashire

Distances: 90km, 130km

Entry: £10 (Maximum entries: 200)

Notes: Starts from near Clitheroe and loops around sections of Lancashire and the Yorkshire Dales

Further info: www.theendurancecoach.com

SUNDAY JULY 22

South Coast Sportive

Entry: £19.50

Further info: tbc. See www.kilotogo.com

Leg Breaker Challenge

Where: Peak District. HQ: Leek, Staffordshire

Distances: 72km, 130km

Entry: £20

Notes: Devised as a one-off celebration of Leek CC?s 150th anniversary last year, the event proved so popular ? raising over £4000 for the County Air Ambulance Charity ? that they?ve decided to run it again. The route goes into the Peak District and passes through Flash, Britain?s highest village. Climbs include Gun Hill, Hollinsclough and Grindon Moor

Further info: www.legbreaker.co.uk

SATURDAY JULY 28

Tour of the Black Mountains

Where: South Wales. HQ: Llanvihangel Crucourey, Monmouthshire

Distances: 50m, 85m, 115m

Entry: £15 (50m), £20 (80m), £25 (115m)

Notes: Promoted by Tour of Wessex organisers Pendragon Sports. Opens with the Gospel Pass and continues in the same vein to rack up some 3,793 vertical metres of climbing. Coincides with the Grand Prix of Wales Premier Calendar race the following day

Further info: www.touroftheblackmountains.com

SATURDAY JULY 28-SUNDAY JULY 29

Dunwich Dynamo

Where: London (Hackney)-Dunwich

Distance: 116m

Entry: Free

Notes: Fifteenth edition of the legendary chilled out overnight ride from London Fields to a washed away city on the Suffolk coast. Attracts 700+ riders from all walks of cycling. Transport back to London can be booked through the organisers

Further info: www.southwarkcyclists.org.uk/dunwichfaqs.htm

SUNDAY JULY 29

Bill Bradley Memorial Ride

Where: Lancashire

Distances: 40m, 80m

Entry: £6.50

Notes: CTC event organised by the Southport CC in memory of the former Milk Race winner. Based on the Trough of Bowland

Further info: joan_bradley@hotmail.com

SATURDAY AUGUST 4

Iron Mountain Sportif

Where: South Wales. HQ: Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

Distances: 25m, 50m, 100m

Entry: £10 (25m), £15 (50m), £20 (100m) discounts for juniors and families

Notes: A CC Abergavenny promotion in which the chosen distance of the ride reflects the difficulty. The 100m distance is just undulating to start with but then hits the Iron Mountain, Brecon Beacons and the Climb of Talgarth in its latter half

Further info: www.ironmountainsportif.co.uk

SUNDAY AUGUST 5

Archer Grand Prix Chiltern Classic Sportive

Where: Chiltern Hills

Distance: 110m

Entry: £20 (maximum entries: 500)

Notes: A summer celebration of the Archer Grand Prix road race which takes place every spring. Tackles many of the same steep Chiltern climbs that have cropped up on the race course over the years

Further info: wheelsinwheelscc@msn.com

Pendle Pedal

Where: Lancashire Fells. HQ: Colne, Lancashire

Distances: 100km, 160km

Entry: £20

Notes: Part of the Pendle Bike Festival and another sportive linked to a Premier Calendar event. Covers many of the tough local climbs including Waddington Fell, Trough of Bowland and Nick o? Pendle. There is also a 40km mountain bike event (£12 entry)

Further info:

www.pendlebikefest.com

Ridgeway and Vales Sportive

Entry: £19.50

Further info:

tbc. See www.kilotogo.com

SUNDAY AUGUST 12

Phil and Friends Challenge Ride

Where: Peak District. HQ: Stannington, Sheffield.

Distances: 100km, 150km

Entry: £15 (£12.50 CTC members)

TV commentator Phil Liggett chucks some of the hardest climbs the High Peak has to offer into this CTC challenge ride. Includes Winnats Pass and Holme Moss

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

SUNDAY AUGUST 19

Gog and Magog Sportive

Where: Cambridgeshire

Distances: tbc

Entry: £19.50

Notes: Named after a range of prominent hills in the unlikely setting of Cambridgeshire

Further info: www.kilotogo.com

Kennet Flyer

Where: Berkshire and Wiltshire Downs. HQ: Theale

Distance: 201km

Entry: £16

Notes: A massive loop to the west of Reading that clambers through the rolling downland of Berkshire, Wiltshire and North Hampshire. Crosses the famous Ridgeway Trail no fewer than seven times

Further info: www.readingcyclingclub.com

Lambourn Chase

Where: Berkshire. HQ: Theale

Distance: 85km

Entry: £15

Notes: Smaller sibling of the Kennet Flyer. Also promoted by Reading Cycling Club

Further info: www.readingcyclingclub.com

SUNDAY AUGUST 26

Wild Wales Challenge

Where: North Wales. HQ: Bala

Distance: 130km

Entry: £12.50 (maximum entries: 600)

Notes: A long established promotion that dates back to 1984, organised by the Merseyside CTC. Based in Snowdonia, there?s lots of climbing with Bwlch y Groes either the coup de grace or the nail in your coffin!

Further info: www.merseysidectc.com

The Spud Riley Memorial Gran Fondo

Where: Peak District. HQ: Woodford, Greater Manchester

Distances: 54m, 100m

Entry: £15 (maximum entries: 600)

Notes: Sister event to the Polka Dot Challenge that focuses more on shorter and steeper climbs in the Peak District. On the longer ride there are 17 of them. Proceeds from the event go the Adult Leukaemia Unit at Christies Hospital in Manchester

Further info: www.polkadotchallenge.co.uk

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 1

Bealach-na-Ba Challenge

Where: Scottish Highlands. HQ: Kinlochewe

Distance: 90m

Entry: £25 (maximum entries: 500, sold out)

Notes: A 90-mile epic that centres on the Pass of the Cattle (Bealach-na-Ba). Rising from sea level to over 600m in six miles it?s the biggest climb in the UK. Like the shorter Bealach-na-Ba Beag in May, the rest of the ride takes in coast roads and wild Scottish wilderness

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

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 2

The Cumberland Challenge

Where: North Cumbria. HQ: Brampton

Distance: 105m

Entry: £20 (Maximum entries: 750)

Notes: No dilly-dallying with shorter options, over 100 miles over the uncompromising roads if the North Pennines. Includes the climb of Hardside, a section alongside Hadrian?s Wall and a border crossing into Scotland

Further info: www.thecumberlandchallenge.co.uk

Manchester Century Rides

Where: North-West. HQ: Wynthenshawe Park, Manchester

Distances: 100km, 100m

Entry: £15

Notes: Rides round the Cheshire Plains and Delamere Forest. A fundraiser for Christies Hospital.

Further info: www.bike-events.com

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9

The Southern Sportive

Where: South Downs. HQ: Petersfield, Hampshire

Distances: 65km, 90km, 150km

Entry: £23 (65km), £24 (90km), £25 (150km)

Notes: Wriggles around the eastern end of the South Downs inland of Portsmouth and Chichester. Harting Hill and Duncton Hill are two of the biggest climbs on the route

Further info: www.trailbreak.co.uk

Trans-Cambrian Sportive

Where: Cambrian Mountains and Elan Valley, Mid-Wales

Distance: 87m

Entry: £17

Notes: Takes in the slopes and quiet roads of the Cambrian Mountains in central Wales, starting and finishing in Rhayader. The route climbs up 500m to the Star Inn, then on to Machynlleth and the coast before meandering back through the mountains and lakes of the stunning Elan Valley.

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

Read Cycling Weekly’s feature on this event by clicking here

Wessex Century Ride

Where: Salisbury Plain. HQ: Salisbury, Wiltshire

Distances: 50m, 100m

Entry: £14 (50m), £15 (100m)

Notes: Another Bike Events promotion. Heads north-east out of Salisbury across the plain to visit Devizes, Bradford on Avon and Bath?s legendary Brass Knocker Hill. Supports the Anthony Nolan Trust

Further info: www.bike-events.com

Grand Union Sportive

Entry: £19.50

Further info: tbc. See www.kilotogo.com

West Surrey CTC Reliability Ride

Where: South-East. HQ: Pirbright Village Hall

Distances: 75m, 100m

Entry: £1

Notes: A good old fashioned no-frills reliability ride

Further info: ricosignore@ntlworld.com

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16

Circuit of Kent

Where: The South-East. HQ: Godden Green, nr Sevenoaks

Distances: 80km, 140km

Entry: £25

Notes: A circuit around the oast houses, orchards and hop fields of the Garden of England. Promoted by the Amherst Rotary Club and Gemini BC in aid of Macmillan and Hospice in the Weald

Further info: www.kentcyclosportive

Cheddar Cyclosportive

Where: Somerset. HQ: Cheddar

Distances: 100km, 160km

Entry: £20 (maximum entries: 500)

Notes: A new relatively flat 100km loop with an extra hilly 60km option for the hardcore. Based around the Somerset Levels, Mendip Hills and the long climb up Cheddar Gorge

Further info: www.cheddarchallenge.com

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23

South Downs Challenge

Where: Hampshire. Southwick, nr Portsmouth

Distances: 80km, 125km

Entry: £15 (maximum entries: 250)

Notes: Ventures north from near Portsmouth into the heart of Hampshire. Organised by the Rotary Club of Waterlooville and the Fareham Wheelers

Further info: www.southdowns-challenge.co.uk

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30

Herts and Essex Sportive

Entry: £19.50

Further info: tbc. See www.kilotogo.com

Victor Ludorum Autumn Classic

Where: Southern England

Distances: Newbury Showground

Entry: tbc

Notes: Country lane course that ventures around the downs of southern England

Further info: www.cyclegb.co.uk

Oxford-Cambridge Bike Ride

Where: Oxford-Cambridge

Distance: 85m

Entry: tbc

Notes: Not really a sportive but an organised ride of reasonable

distance between the two academic centres

Further info: www.bike-events.com

SUNDAY OCTOBER 7

Autumn Epic

Where: Welsh Marches. HQ: Knighton

Distance: 150km

Entry: £20 (Maximum entries: 1000)

Notes: Slickly organised and highly acclaimed late season event. Packs over 3,200m of climbing into the back-lane route including gradients of 25 per cent. Feature climbs include the Elan Valley Mountain road, Glas Cwyn and Abbey Cwm Hir

Further info: www.cyclosportives.co.uk

Mosquito Ride of the Falling Leaves

Where: South-East. HQ: Herne Hill Velodrome

Distances: 50m, 75m

Entry: £12 (£15 EoL, maximum entries: 300)

Further info: www.dulwichparagon.com (from September)

Read Cycling Weekly’s feature on this event by clicking here

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4

The Exmoor Beast

Where: Exmoor, Devon. HQ: Dunster Castle, Devon

Distances: 100km, 150km

Entry: £27

Notes: The final event of the UK Sportive calendar. Starts near Minehead, on Devon’s north coast, and includes the very hard climb of Dunkery Beacon

Further info: www.exmoorbeast.org

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