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.


Saturday July 1

Brewin Dolphin New Forest Summer

Gang Warily Recreation Centre, Fawley, Southampton SO45 1GA
45, 71 and 99-mile routes
Online entry and more info

This summer sportive takes in some of the New Forest’s most famous villages and landmarks – including the stunning Rhinefield Ornamental Drive – and also includes stretches of beautiful coastal roads.

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Sunday July 9

Wiggle Magnificat

Wiggle MagnifiCat

Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham, Berkshire RG18 9QZ
30, 66, 100 and 125-mile routes
Online entry and more info

Opt for the long 125-mile route in the 11th edition of the Wiggle Magnificat and you will be rewarded with a solid challenge in Berkshire, Hampshire and the South Downs. For those wishing to enjoy the scenery but not the leg-busting long route, there are three shorter options available.

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Sunday July 9

Evans Cycles Essex Road Sportive

Secret Nuclear Bunker, Crown Buildings, Kelvedon Hall Lane, Brentwood,
Essex CM14 5TL
14, 36, 68 and 101-mile routes
Online entry and more info

There aren’t many (any?) sportives that can boast that they start from a secret nuclear bunker – but the Evans Cycles Essex Road Sportive certainly can. The bunker is now decommissioned and open to the public, and hosts the start/finish of this ride north-east of London.

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Sunday July 9

Struggle The Moors

Ampleforth, East Lane, York, North Yorkshire YO62 4EN
109-mile route
Online entry and more info

This 109-mile ride will likely live up to its name for most riders, including the North York Moors most challenging climbs: Boltby Bank, Carlton Bank, Grosmont, Glaisdale Horror and Rosedale Chimney.

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Sunday July 16

Great Weston Ride

Long Ashton Park and Ride, Long Ashton, Bristol BS3 2HB
57-mile route
Online entry and more info

The contrasting scenery of the Mendip Hills and flat Somerset Levels are included in this 57-mile ride starting from Long Ashton near Bristol and finishing at the seaside in Weston-super-Mare.

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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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.

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.

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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Sunday August 20

The 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

This ride is named after Scottish Tour de France rider Ken Laidlaw, who used the Borders roads for training in the 1950s. You don’t have to choose the route you wish to ride until the day, as they all cost £25 entry.

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.