UK Cycling Events For 2018

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The Norfolk Sportive (5th August)

There is something for everyone at this event in south Norfolk, with five rides starting at a family-friendly ten miles (16km) and ranging right up to a monster 150-miler (241km). All of the routes are designed to avoid as much traffic as possible, and also to limit the number of hills, which is probably not too much of a challenge in Norfolk. The upshot is a clutch of events that speed demons are sure to enjoy. £7.50-£26, norfolkcyclingevents.co.uk/norfolk-sportive

York 100 (19th August)

Experience some of the finest countryside in God’s Own County, including the Vale of York and the Howardian Hills, by tackling this summer sportive. There are 68- and 103-mile (110/166km) options available, both starting from the University of York campus on the city’s outskirts. £38, action.org.uk/york-100

Tour De Môn (19th August)

Some of the most scenic coastline in the UK is found on the island of Anglesey in north Wales, and if you’ve never cycled around the area before this summer sportive presents the perfect opportunity. There are three different rides on offer – 46.1 miles (74.2km), 77.1 miles (124km) and 107.9 miles (174km) – with the longest “Mawr Route” looping the entire island and, for good measure, throws in a quick trip over the Menai Suspension Bridge to mainland Wales and back. Participants in all three events also get the chance to take part in the Flying Mile, riding around the runway at RAF Mona in a timed section where you can really let rip. That said, the Flying Mile comes quite early on in each route, so it might be wise not to empty the tank completely if you’re tackling the full 174km course. £35.99-£39.99, alwaysaimhighevents.com/tour-de-mon

Brecon Beacons Devil Sportive (19th August)

Some of the UK’s finest cycling is to be found in Brecon Beacons National Park, with incredible views to enjoy and famous climbs like The Tumble to conquer. There are three distances to pick from at this event – 83km, 114km or 203km – and it’s fair to say all involve a lot of uphill work, topping out at 3,631m of climbing in the longest ride. £29 (£35 on the day), drovercycles.co.uk

Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive (8th September)

Cycle a stretch of Northern Ireland’s stunning coastline, but don’t be fooled into thinking that the seaside route means you’ll enjoy a flat ride. If you tackle either of the two longer routes available (137km or 185km) you’ll be riding up Torr Head, a daunting 16km section that contains several climbs with gradients over 20%. If you want an easier day in the saddle, sign up for the shorter 56km ride, which still provides great views of the coast without the ferocious ascents. £40, giantscausewaycoastsportive.com

Deloitte Ride Across Britain (8th-16th September)

If you’ve always wanted to complete a LEJOG (riding from Land’s End to John O’Groats) but don’t fancy the faff of organising the whole thing yourself, sign up to do it as part of an organised ride. You can choose how long you want to take, with nine days being the most popular option to complete the 1,560km ride, and whether you want to camp out or opt for the luxury option of hotels each night. £1,699 (nine days camping), £2,499 (nine days hotels), rideacrossbritain.com

London To Brighton Cycle Ride (16th September)

The 87km route from London to Brighton is one all cyclists should try to do at least once in their lifetime, and there’s no better opportunity than joining this charity ride. The route is clearly marked and well supported, with four fixed mechanical help points, and there’s even a buffet lunch at the 46km point if you fancy taking a break before powering on to the coast. £45 plus £150 fundraising, londonbrightoncycle.co.uk

BOXCAM 100 And 200 (22nd-23rd September)

BOXCAM was created by David Brodie, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and wanted to set up an event to raise money to fund research into the disease. The full 200-mile (322km) event goes from Bristol to Oxford on the first day, and then on to Cambridge on the second, connecting the three cities that are the most prominent Parkinson’s research bases in the UK. You can join for both days and cover all 200 miles, or opt for either day to halve the distance. £40-£80, £200-£350 fundraising, parkinsons.org.uk/events/boxcam-200

Escape The City (30th September)

If you spend most of your time in the saddle commuting through London’s busy streets then this is a grand way to see what else cycling has to offer. There are 30-mile (48km), 60-mile (96.5km) and 80-mile (129km) routes available, all of which start and finish at King’s House Sports Ground in Chiswick and wind their way through the Surrey countryside in between. £35-£55 plus fundraising, stroke.org.uk

The Gold Rush Gravelcross (14th October)

Remember the Hovis advert where a kid walks his bike up a cobbled hill? Want to ride up that hill as part of a 38km, 55km or 75km cyclocross route? Of course you do, and here’s your chance. Gold Hill – the climb from the advert – is just one of many highlights on these partly off-road courses. Zig Zag Hill, which has the most hairpins of any hill in Britain, is another. You can expect to tackle gravel, cobbles, bridleways and back roads on this thoroughly enjoyable day in the saddle. £28-£31, cxsportive.com/events/gold-rush-cx

Red Bull Timelaps (27th-28th October)

This is the world’s longest one-day cycling event at 25 hours. Worked out how that’s possible yet? Yes, that’s right, Red Bull holds Timelaps over the night when the clocks go back in the UK. Teams of four aim to compete as many laps as possible of the course in Great Windsor Park. The period starts at midday on the 27th and runs through to midday on the 28th. When the clocks go back at 2am, a power hour begins where all laps completed count double. £200-£250, redbull.com

Real Ale Wobble (17th November)

Rest assured, no-one expects or indeed wants you to drink and ride at this event, but it does mark the beginning of the ten-day Mid Wales Beer Festival in Llanwrtyd Wells, so once you’ve finished your cycle you should certainly toast your efforts with some of the excellent tipples available. The two off-road rides – 15 miles (24km) and 28 miles (45km) – cover some technical terrain, but there will always be easier options available in those sections so mountain bikers of all abilities can enjoy the event. £18, green-events.co.uk