A selection of the best cycling sportives and events that take place in the next two months

There are hundreds of cycling events throughout 2017 in virtually every corner of Britain, as the popularity of cycling shows no sign of diminishing.

To help you pick out some of the best events to ride, we present a selection of sportives and other rides over the coming weeks.


July


Saturday July 22

Wales in a Day

Caernarfon Rugby Club, Caernarfon, Gwynedd
190-mile route
Online entry and more info

Travel from the top of Wales to the bottom in this unique single-day ride that runs from Caernarfon to Chepstow and tackles the Llanberis and Gospel Pass. Beware that the distance means an early-morning start!

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Sunday July 23

Scarborough Sportive

Scarborough Rugby Club, Silver Royd, 569 Scalby Road, Scarborough YO13 0NL
56, 74, 99 and 120-mile routes
Online entry and more info

The longest route of this stiff challenge features over 11,500 feet of climbing along its 120-mile course – and even the shortest 56-mile route packs in 5321 feet of vertical ascent over the eastern region of the North York Moors.

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August


Saturday August 5

Wiggle Chiltern Classic

Culden Faw Estate, 7 Dairy Lane, Hambleden, Henley-on-Thames RG9 3AS
33, 73 and 101-mile routes
Online entry and more info

Although the ride starts and finishes within the Chiltern Hills, the longer routes also take riders into the quiet lanes and rolling countryside to the east of Oxford.

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Sunday August 6

Norfolk Sportive

Crusaders Rugby Club, Little Melton Road, Little Melton, Norwich,
Norfolk, NR9 3NP
100km and 100-mile (160km) routes
Online entry and more info

A refreshing sportive that may lack in the elevation of some other events, but certainly makes up for that in other areas. The longest 150-mile course puts this among the longest in the UK – and those willing to do shorter distances are catered for with 25, 50 and 100-mile versions.

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Sunday August 13

Wiggle Northern Angel

Kirkley Hall, Ponteland, Northumberland NE20 0AQ
57, 79 and 101-mile routes
Online entry and more info

The area around Northumberland National Park plays hosts to this northern England sportive, in this area of the country that is well worth a visit.

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Saturday August 19

Wiggle Yorkshire Tour

British fans on stage one of the 2014 Tour de France

Thirsk Racecourse, Station Rd, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 1QL
38, 80 and 102-mile routes
Online entry and more info

Many of the roads used in this sportive played host to the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart. You can re-live that fantastic event with a choice of three routes, starting and finishing in Thirsk.


Saturday August 19

Wiggle Wye Valley Warrior

Chepstow Racecourse, Chepstow, Monmouthshire NP16 6BE
33, 70 and 102-mile routes
Online entry and more info

Situated on the border between England and Wales, the combined force of the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean offer a picturesque venue for this ride.

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Sunday August 20

Ken Laidlaw sportive

Hawick RFC, Mansfield Park, Mansfield Road, Hawick, Scottish Borders TD9 8AW
50, 85 and 104-mile routes
Online entry and more info

Hawick Cycling Club organises this annual sportive, run on the roads used by pioneering British Tour de France rider Ken Laidlaw when he was out training in the Scottish Borders. One price for each of teh three routes means you can turn up on the day and choose which distance you fancy riding.


September


Saturday September 2

Wiggle Tempest

 

Warwick Racecourse, Hampton Street, Warwick CV34 6HN
33, 65 and 100-mile routes
Online entry and more info

Warwickshire plays host to the Wiggle Tempest, offering three route distances passing over the River Avon and taking in roman roads, quiet villages and countryside climbs.

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Sunday September 3

Essex 100

Central Park, Chelmsford
40, 60 and 101-mile routes
Online entry and more info

Join hundreds of other riders in this popular event traversing the countryside of Essex and all while you are raising money for Action Medical Research.



Sunday September 3

Fell Beast Sportive

Carlisle Racecourse, Durdar Road, Carlisle, Cumbria CA2 4TS
37, 69 and 101-mile routes
Online entry and more info

A ride that includes some of the best scenic views that the UK has to offer. Right from the start in Carlisle Racecourse, you head up Warnell Fell and look out over the Lake District before entering the national park, where the long route takes you past beautiful lakes, up Honister Pass and through Keswick.


Saturday September 9

Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive

Páirc Mac Uílín GAA Pitch, Ballycastle
35 miles; 85 miles; 115 miles
Online entry and more info

Billed as one of the biggest cycling events in Northern Ireland, the Giant’s Causeway Coast sportive takes place on the roads at the north-eastern tip of the country, north of Belfast. As the name suggests, all three of the routes tackle stunning sections of coast roads.