Start planning your 2012 season now with the 2012 sportive calendar in this week’s issue of Cycling Weekly magazine. With 160 events from the middle of January through to next December, there’s something for everyone in the UK’s most inclusive rides listing.
There’s never been more choice, but be warned, many of the biggest events can sell out in a matter of days.
Both the Dartmoor Classic on June 24 and the Etape Caledonia on May 13 are already full and if you want a place in the Dragon Ride on June 10 you’ll have to be online when entries open at 9am on December 14.
There’s always a phenomenal response for the Dragon and next year’s event is set to be even more popular, as it is the sole UK round of the UCI Golden Bike series. With an improved route and venue change to Margam Park near Port Talbot, all 3,000 places are set to be snapped up in hours.
After this initial first come, first served allocation a further 1,000 places will be released by ballot. And you thought getting Olympic tickets was difficult!
A brand new event for a worthy cause is the Jurassic Classic in aid of the Prostate Cancer Charity on July 8. Both the 100-mile epic route and the 100-kilometre challenge ride will start and finish at Darts Farm, near Exeter. Expect quiet lanes and plenty of climbs.
Never mind the Olympics, 2012 is set to be a landmark year for sportive riders, with several more major new events still to be announced. Watch this space for all the latest developments.
Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly