2013: the summer that keeps on giving

September is only days away, but the cycling year is still very much in full swing. There’s still a full two months of decent riding ahead of us until the clocks go back at the end the end of October. And we must all take advantage of it!

In this issue, we have a few suggestions on how to get the best from the rest of your cycling year: the best races to watch, places to go, stuff to buy, events to ride. You name it, we’ve probably got it covered.

Of course, three of the best sportives still to be ridden in 2013 are promoted by this magazine, beginning with the Malvern Mad-Hatter at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire this Sunday. There’s a choice of three routes: 104, 74 and 46 miles through Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, including the classic climb of Malvern Hill. Registration opens at 7.30am; starting from 8am.

We can also offer the Box Hill Original Sportive on October 13. As the title suggests, all three routes feature the famous Olympic road race climb, with the Epic, 103-mile course providing a proper end-of-season challenge, tackling Leith Hill, Pitch Hill and White Down. Definitely not for the faint-hearted. Now in its third year, our longest established sportive has been relocated to Epsom Racecourse, home of the Derby.

Brand new this season are the Lakeland Monster Miles events at Keswick, Cumbria on October 6. These 44 or 66-mile loops of the Lake District are designed to be ridden with knobbly tyres over a mixture of terrain including off-road tracks and tarmac.

Go to www.cyclingweekly.com/sportives for further details and entries.

This article was first published in the August 29 issue of Cycling Weekly. Read Cycling Weekly magazine on the day of release where ever you are in the world International digital edition, UK digital edition. And if you like us, rate us!

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