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.


Sunday August 13

Wiggle Northern Angel

Kirkley Hall, Ponteland, Northumberland NE20 0AQ
57, 79 and 101-mile routes
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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
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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
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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
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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.


Saturday September 2

Wiggle Tempest

Warwick Racecourse, Hampton Street, Warwick CV34 6HN
33, 65 and 100-mile routes
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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
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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
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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, 85 and 115-mile routes
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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.

Sunday September 10

Cycling Weekly 125

Oulton Park Circuit, Little Budworth, Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 9BW
40, 79 and 125-mile routes
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Cycling Weekly magazine celebrated its 125-year anniversary in 2016, and marked the occasion with this Cheshire sportive. Due to its success, the event returns for 2017, taking in the Mow Cop climb and parts of Delamere Forest Park and starting and finishing in the famous Oulton Park Motor Racing Circuit.

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Sunday September 10

The Southern Sportive

Churchers College, Ramshill, Petersfield GU31 4AS
45, 71 and 100-mile routes
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Now in its 12th year, the Southern Sportive serves up three different lengths of wiggling routes through the beautiful South Downs. The longest 100-mile variation packs in a testing 2388 metres  (7834 feet) of climbing.

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Sunday September 24

Wiggle Le Tricolore Sportive

Dover Ferry Port, Check in is at: Broadlees Farm, Deal Road, Dover CT15 5DL
66, and 75-mile routes
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This trip over to France for a ride offers a very easy way to taste riding in the continent, with the £75 price including the ferry crossing. Once arriving at Calais, the riders immediately disembark on a ride heading south in rural France – before returning in the evening.

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malvern madhatter

Saturday September 30

Cycling Weekly Malvern Mad Hatter

Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Eastnor, Ledbury HR8 1EN
34, 61 and 100-mile routes
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The Malvern Hills host this late September sportive, as the long route also dips into the Forest of Dean. There’s plenty of climbing along the way, but nothing too trenuous, allowing you to enjoy the scenery as you ride.

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