Your CW5000 September challenges

Get out for a big week or riding and try a little exploration close to home

CW5000 September challenges
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Every month our CW5000 riders are set two extra challenges to keep them motivated, help them do a little more riding than they otherwise might do, and of course get closer to the 5,000 mile target. If they haven't reached it already.

You can sign up to the CW5000 challenge at any time, no matter how late in the year it is. When you start you can include all the miles ridden from January 1 toward your total. It's free to sign up and your inbox won't get spammed.

You'll be emailed the monthly challenges, invited to join the private Facebook group, get exclusive merchandise offers and get updates throughout the year.

As with all the monthly challenges you just need to email us at to let us know you've completed either or both of them. Send us more details and you might be included in our monthly round-up.

Read on to find out what the challenges are for September.

1. Ride 160 miles in a week

CW5000 September challenges

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This is the biggest weekly mileage target we've set you this year. September can still bring some nice weather (although we're not quite sure what happened to Summer 2021) so there's still plenty of riding to be done this month before the days close in. Indoor miles count for this challenge and you can complete it over seven consecutive days, you don't have to start on a Monday.

2. Find and ride a new stretch of bridleway

CW5000 September challenges

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You don't have to have a gravel bike to hit the bridleways, but perhaps don't use your best aero bike with lightweight racing tyres for this challenge. The British countryside is littered with bridleways, many of which are relatively well surfaced and can be comfortably ridden on a road bike. 

You can search them out on a good mapping site like, buy a local OS map, or just turn down one when you pass a sign. If it gets too rough and you have to turn back, it'll still count toward this challenge. You might even find a new route, a chicken run that avoids a particularly nasty climb, or shortcut home you never knew existed.

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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!

Simon is currently riding

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