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 October 15

Lakeland Monster Miles Adventure Cross

Fitz Park, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4HS
49 and 64-mile routes
Online entry and more info

Try something different with this event, which is designed for cyclo-cross, mountain and gravel bikes as it features a mixture of on- and off-road sections through the beautiful Lake District scenery.

Sunday October 15

Trent Valley 100

Gainsborough Academy, Sweyn Lane (off Corringham Road), Gainsborough DN21 1PB
100km and 100-mile routes
Online entry and more info

The two routes offered by the Trent Valley 100 offer different experiences for the riders. The longer 100-miler takes in the hilly Lincolnshire Wolds area of outstanding natural beauty, while the 100km route takes riders through Lincoln on its return leg.

Sunday October 22

Wiggle Forest Ranger

Uttoxeter Racecourse, Wood Lane, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 8BD
44, 64 and 82-mile routes
Online entry and more info

East Staffordshire and Leicestershire host the route of this autumn sportive, tackling a route around the National Forest.

Sunday October 22

Jodrell Bank Autumn Sportive

Poynton Leisure Centre, Yew Tree Lane, Poynton, Cheshire SK12 1PU
50 and 80-mile routes
Online entry and more info

Both of the 50 and 80-mile routes offered by this Chshire event are relatively flat, providing a good end-of-season jaunt.

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Sunday October 22

South Downs 100

Chichester College, West Gate Fields, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1SB
40, 70 and 100-mile route
Online entry and more info

Starting and finishing in Chichester, the route gradually eases into the hills of the South Downs in West Sussex and Hampshire. Includes the Marmot Tours Butser Hill challenge, a separately timed ascent on closed roads with a £100 voucher up for grabs.

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Saturday October 28

Wiggle Hawker Hurricane

Turweston Aerodrome, Biddlesden Road, Westbury, Brackley, NN13 5YD
26, 55 and 80-mile routes
Online entry and more info

Explore the lanes of Northamptonshire, starting and finishing at the Turweston Aerodrome. The long 80-mile route features a testing climb in Burton County Park with just 20 miles to go until the finish.

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Sunday October 29

CycloPsycho Sportive

Cyclopark, The Tollgate, Watling Street, Gravesend, Kent DA11 7NP
29, 67 and 87-mile routes
Online entry and more info

Kent’s excellent Cyclopark hosts this Halloween-tinged late October sportive that meanders around the frankly frightening climbs of the North Downs. The longest 87-miler includes over 7500-feet (2290 metres) of climbing.

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Saturday November 4

Devil’s Punch Sportive

Dunsfold Aerodrome, Stovolds Hill, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8TB
28, 54, 78-mile routes
Online entry and more info

Riders taking part in this Surrey and Hampshire-based autumn sportive will be taken around the picturesque Devil’s Punch Bowl, which lends its name to the event.

Sunday November 5

The Nottinghamshire Wheeler

Southwell Racecourse, Rolleston, Near Newark Nottingham, NG25 0TS
45 and 77-mile routes
Online entry and more info

Southwell Racecourse hosts this new event, which takes a winding route through the villages and scenery of Nottinghamshire, including Sutton-on-Trent, Tuxford, Retford and Egmanton.

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Sunday November 5

50/50 Leics Gravel Ride

Brooksby Melton College, Brooksby Leicestershire LE14 2LJ
63 or 79-mile routes
Online entry and more info

A new event for 2017, the Leics Gravel Ride features half of its route on tarmac and the other half off-road, on byways and bridleways. Due to the nature of the route, it provides its own sort of challenge in the countryside of Leicestershire – gravel, cyclo-cross or mountain bikes are recommended.

Sunday November 12

Evans Cycles Ride It Worcester

Worcester Racecourse, Grand Stand Road, Worcester, Worcestershire WR1 3EJ
30, 45 and 70-mile routes
Online entry and more info

One of Evans Cycles’ season-long Ride It events, which takes in the Malvern Hill area of outstanding natural beauty after heading west from the start in Worcester.


Sunday December 10

Santa Ride North and Santa Ride South sportives

Preston’s College, St Vincents Road, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 8UR
34 and 52-mile routes
Online entry and more info

Pinehurst 2, Pinehurst Road, Farnborough, GU14 7BF
17, 41 and 57-mile routes
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Get in the festive mood with one of these winter rides, which take place in ‘north’ and ‘south’ editions. Includes free photo download for every rider from SportivePhoto.