Looking for a sportive to ride in April? You've come to the right place...
The long awaited spring is almost here, if it’s not already arrived. With the clocks jumping forwards one hour at the end of March, it’s a pretty good time to be ramping up your mileage.
Entering an event can provide the perfect incentive – so we’ve rounded up a selection of tempting looking sportives in April.
Looking for more information about organised group rides? Check out our sportive explainer article which tells you all you need to know about cycling sportives.
Sportives in April 2018
Saturday April 7
Sigma Sports South Downs Spring Sportive
Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton, East Sussex, BN7 3AL
Choose to ride 35, 58 or 80 miles through the South Downs on this Spring Sportive. Elevation gains vary from 1213 feet to 4757 feet on the long route, and this free-flowing ride is designed to ease you back into the saddle and blow the winter cobwebs away.
There’s certainly some monster climbs in the area, but this ride mainly takes riders around the base of them, sticking to the luxury of rolling roads, away from traffic.
Sunday April 8
Essex Roads Spring Lambs Sportive
Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9NN
The Essex Roads sportives are a long standing tradition. Organised by the local Essex Roads club, they’re not commercial, and you can ride 100 kilometres (62 miles) or 150 kilometres (92 miles) for £29.
The route promises to be a joy – as the club points out – it “know[s] Essex roads better than anybody else” – in fact, it actively tries to seek out “twisty little tracks… away from main roads which other sportives tend to stick to.”
There’s feed stations, pre-ride refreshments, food at the finish and marshals at junctions too.
Sunday April 15
Moors and Shores Adventure Cross
Adderstone Car Park, Dalby Forest Park, By Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT
Looking for something a little bit different? Got a cyclocross, adventure road, gravel or a mountain bike? Then the Cycling Weekly/MBR Adventure Cross series could be for you. Choose between 46 miles (2509 feet climbing) or 58 miles (3649 feet) in North Yorkshire, exploring gravel forest roads, exposed moorland and rutted narrow lanes.
Though the routes are comprised of 78 and 62 per cent off-road terrain respectively, there’s nothing too technical, as it’s designed to kick the series off and be accessible for those not used to riding off-road. The North Yorkshire views promise to be spectacular.
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Sunday April 15
Tour de Gwent, Newport
Caerleon Comprehensive School , Cold Bath Rd, Caerleon, Newport, NP18 1NF
Run in support of St David’s Hospice Care, the Tour de Gwent really is an event for everyone. There six adult routes, varying from 32 kilometres (20 miles) to 150 kilometres (92 miles) as well as a kids’ event that’s 5 kilometres long.
The long route – at 92 miles, covers 7,352 feet, and promises climbs of varying degrees – some long and steady, others short and sharp – as well as breathtaking views of Abergavenny. There’s five fuel stops on that route, plus motorcycle support and volunteer marshals.
Sunday April 22
Ride the Reservoir, Birmingham
King Edward VI Five Ways School, , Scotland Lane, Bartley Green, Birmingham, B32 4BT
A 75 kilometre (47 mile) hilly affair that starts in Bartley Green, weaving into the Worcestershire countryside and through the villages of Romsley, Belbroughton, Chaddesley Corbett, Dodford and Barnt Green.
Riders will make their way up Romsley Hill, heading into the suburbs via the Lickey Hills, and finishing with a spectacular view of Bartley Green Reservoir.
As well as enjoying an excellent day out, you’ll be raising money for Birmingham’s St Mary’s Hospice, too.
Sunday April 22
The Igloo Sportive, Peak District Eastern Moors
Ashover Parish Hall, Milken Lane , Ashover , Chesterfield , Derbyshire , S45 0BA
Head off to the Peak District and explore the eastern fringes of the stunning National Park. There’s two available routes – 82.5 kilometres (51.3 miles) with 1706m/5594ft of climbing, or 43.8 kilometres (27.2 miles) with 962m/3156ft. That’s a lot of climbing in anyone’s book – so be prepared for upward gradients as you roll out of Ashover village.
The long route first heads out towards Chesterfield, crosses Beeley Moor and then heads over via Matlock Moor to Cromford Hill, which featured in the Tour of Britain. Heading south via Alport Heights, riders eventually ascend to Crich before returning via Ogston Reservoir. The short route features many of the same roads, cutting off the most northerly and southerly sections.
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Sunday April 29
Sigma Sports The Arrow Sportive, Lincolnshire
Market Rasen Racecourse, Legsby Road, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, LN8 3EA
Your options here are 52 miles (1827 feet), 81 miles (2423 feet) or 100 miles (2769 feet) – and the event takes its name from the fairly flat lands in the area; like an arrow through the air, you’ll glide through the level plains (or, that’s the idea at least).
Though it may be a flatter event than most, there’s plenty of challenges available – and it’s a great option for those looking to step up to that century distance for the first time.
Sunday April 29
Lake District 100
3-1-5 Health Club , Mannin Way, Caton Road, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 3PE
It’s 100 whichever way you look at it – with 102 miles (167 kilometres) and 100 kilometres (62 miles) on offer – with 6402 feet and 3328 feet of climbing respectively.
The century rides of metric and imperial lengths both start from Lancaster’s 3-1-5 Health Club, taking in some of the renowned lumps and bumps of the Lake District. On return, you’ll receive a goody bag, medal, plus a massage and use of one of the Health Club pools and sauna/Jacuzzi. Can’t argue with that.