New Derby Arena set to host sportive start

- Midland's first velodrome to hold start of brand new sportive - Ride with British cycling legend Barry Hoban - Sportive news round-up

Derby’s new sportive

A brand new sportive in Derby will set out from what will be the Midlands first velodrome, housed in the New Derby Arena. The sportive will roll out on September 21 with three routes- Radleigh Homes City Tour (40km), Cycle Derby Challenge (80km) and the Countrywide Pursuit (160km). Unfortunately the new arena will not open until the end of the year, as they are still laying parts of the track, but Trevor Ward of Activate Sport cited “We hope that Derby will become a cycling beacon for the Midlands and to drive awareness of the velodrome we decided to hold a sportive to start and finish in the grounds”.

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Organisers estimate there will be 1,000 riders on this inaugural event.

Stinger in the tail

CW’s Slate Stinger will head out around Cumbria on Sunday September 28. Our penultimate ride of the year will take in mountain and moorland roads and will feature the infamous Honister Pass, in a course that has 3,180 metres of climbing in total. Click here to read the preview and book your place.


Barry Hoban will be joining fellow two-wheeled enthusiasts around Norfolk this Sunday on the Tour de Broads. There will be route choices of 40 or 70 miles with the longer route dipping in to the Broadlands area. A cycling festival at the event location will keep supporters amused with a custom built Mountain Bike Track, food and drink stalls and music from Jazz DJ Jazzlord Leon MacLean. Hopefully spectators won’t be too distracted and will cheer you in as you take on the closed road sprint finish.

Go ape in Northants

There will be a hot lunch and pint of beer awaiting riders on their return after pedaling 45, 70 or 107 miles around Northamptonshire on the Great Gorilla Ride.  In its second year, the routes will start and finish again from Oundle this Sunday, taking on some tough roads that featured on this year’s Grand Depart of the Women’s Tour.

Guts for Butser?

A new closed road hill climb has been added to the Wiggle South Downs 100 sportive. The timed section will take place on Butser Hill, the highest point in the South Downs, with prizes being awarded to the top three fastest climbers of the day.

There will also be some entertainment to keep riders motivated in the form of music, cowbells and spectators’ to cheer you on.  All three route options will take in the challenge.