Your CW5000 June challenges

Celebrating Cycling Weekly's 130 year anniversary with the biggest challenge of the year

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Summer seems to have finally arrived, so with that we’re going to give you what we think is the hardest challenge we’ve ever set. One that will definitely help increase your mileage and get you closer to the 5,000 mile target. 

Remember to email us with the details of how you took on the two challenges, why you chose the routes you chose and how you completed it. Email details to

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1. Complete a 130 mile ride

This is the biggest single-day ride challenge we’ve set since the challenge began in 2020 and we’re doing it to celebrate Cycling Weekly’s 130 year anniversary this year. Scrolling through the posts on the CW5000 Facebook page it’s a distance many of you have come close to riding already, but when your legs are tired the extra hour or two in the saddle that this ride will demand can make a ride significantly harder. 

Will this ride help you get to the halfway point of 2,500 miles at the end of June? We hope so. Once you’ve completed it, be sure to let us know about your ride.

>>>>Sign up to the CW5000, join the Facebook group and share your ride stories

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2. Do a point-to-point ride

Aside from those who commute, most of us simply ride from and back to our front door. One of the aims of the CW5000 was to challenge you to mix up your riding and try something different, and a point-to-point ride can do just that. 

Why not get a train somewhere new and ride home, or head out early and meet friends or family for lunch before getting a lift home? For this challenge the start and finish points should be at least 20 miles apart.

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Simon Richardson
Simon Richardson

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 

Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!


Road bike: Pinarello K8S with Shimano Dura Ace

TT bike: Specialized Venge road bike with FFWD wheels and Easton Attack TT bars

Gravel bike: N/A

Training bike: Rourke custom hand made with Reynolds 853 steel