The UK's boom in cycling is paying dividends when it comes to hosting international events. Beginning in May this year, the country can look forward to a host of top-level cycling events in the space of just 12 months.

Sporting success on the international stage and an appetite for cycling has meant organisers of the world's largest cycling events are queuing to bring their races to the UK. Last week it was reported that a multi-day legacy event to follow on from this year's Tour de France Grand Départ looks set to take place in Yorkshire in May 2015.

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Richard Abraham is an award-winning writer, based in New Zealand. He has reported from major sporting events including the Tour de France and Olympic Games, and is also a part-time travel guide who has delivered luxury cycle tours and events across Europe. In 2019 he was awarded Writer of the Year at the PPA Awards.