If you’re hoping to get fighting fit this year, then cycling is the sport to choose. Thanks to the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins and last years’ Olympic gold medallists, cycling continues to grow from strength to strength, reaching new levels of popularity in 2013; so why not be a part of it?

There are plenty of opportunities to keep you occupied in the upcoming months. No matter what level of fitness you are, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re a professional athlete or would love to become a personal trainer, there’s nothing stopping you from jumping on a bike and hitting the road. Interested? Here are our favourite cycling events for 2013.

Manchester 100 Bike Ride

Heading up North, if you’re looking for the chance to get fit and help others at the same time, then there’s the chance to participate in the Manchester 100 Bike Ride.

With the Manchester 100 Bike Ride, you can choose from two routes; 100 miles or 100 kilometres. Starting at Wythenshawe Park, you’re guided through the pretty lanes of Cheshire, admiring the likes of Nantwich and Delamere Forest before heading back to finish line. And it’s all for a good cause! Christie Hospital would certainly be grateful for your efforts, so give it a go!

Cardiff and Coast

If you’re searching for a stunningly scenic location to take the bike this year, then we recommend the Cardiff and Coast ride. Famous for its gorgeous landscapes and breathtaking bays, a day trip to Wales never disappoints.

During the journey you’ll be able to witness the exquisite sights of Ogmore-by-Sea; a simply beautiful coastline that never fails to impress tourists and local residents alike.  And to top it all off, your adventure ends at the Brute Park in Cardiff; one of the capital’s most popular parks. Exuding history and natural beauty, you can’t help but fall in love with the place. Perfect.

London to Windsor

Fancy sightseeing in the capital? Then what better way to do it than by bike? The London to Windsor day ride allows you to see everywhere from Richmond Green (Surrey) to Alexandra Gardens (Windsor) with a total of three routes to choose from – fifty five, thirty seven or twenty nine miles, providing plenty of options for all the family. You’ll witness a whole host of picturesque spots on your expedition, a particular favourite being the beautiful Thames Valley. And with food stalls, beer tents and music at the finish line, what’s not to love?

Big Leeds Bike Ride

Want to experience something that’s new, exciting and never been done before? Then get pedalling to Leeds and help raise some cash for the city’s Children’s Hospital.  Taking you all the way from Roundhay Park to York and back, on the Big Leeds Bike Ride you’re guaranteed to enjoy the quaint country roads that make up your journey. And with well-deserved refreshments and music waiting for you at the finish line, it would be rude not to!

So what are you waiting for? Make the most of this year’s cycling events and get fit for 2013!