A selection of the best cycling sportives and events that take place in the next two months

There are hundreds of cycling events throughout 2017 in virtually every corner of Britain, as the popularity of cycling shows no sign of diminishing.

To help you pick out some of the best events to ride, we present a selection of sportives and other rides over the coming weeks.


Sunday February 26

Wattbike No Excuses Sportive

East of England Showground, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
54 and 84 mile routes
>>> Online entry and more info

Those who turn up and take part after entering the No Excuses will have their entry fee refunded, therefore allowing them to ride for free – literally, there’s no excuse for not doing it.

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Sunday February 26

Bucks Road Sportive

Rickmansworth, Herts
85 and 100km routes
>>> Online entry and more info

The Chiltern Hills host the Bucks Road Sportive, which promises to be quite a challenge for a February day.


Saturday March 4

Cycling Weekly Wiltshire Wildcat

Wiltshire Wildcat sportive

Salisbury Racecourse, Wiltshire
30, 61 and 81 mile routes
>>> Online entry and more info

Cycling Weekly‘s 2017 sportive series kicks off in the West Country, with a downland route through ancient villages and rolling scenery, and starting/finishing at the well-appointed Salisbury Racecourse.

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Sunday March 5

Evans Cycles Leeds Road Sportive

Harewood House Estate, Leeds
30, 50 and 75 mile routes
>>> Online entry and more info

Just under 7,000 feet (2000 metres) of ascending feature in the long version of Evans Cycles’ Leeds Road Sportive, which takes in the Wharfedale Valley.

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Saturday March 11

Wiggle Ups and Downs Sportive

Cranleigh, Surrey
37, 53 and 80 mile routes
>>> Online entry and more info

As the name suggests, this is a ride that is not short of hills. Quiet country lanes take you around the Surrey Hills and touching into Sussex and the edge of the South Downs.

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Sunday March 12

The Spring Onion

Cobham, Surrey
65 mile route
>>> Online entry and more info

With over 5,000 feet (1524 metres) of climbing during its 65 miles, the Spring Onion may well make your eyes water.

Sunday March 19

Wheelbase Spring Classic

Kendal, Cumbria
40 and 66 mile routes
>>> Online entry and more info

Both of the distances offered by the Wheelbase Spring Classic include a timed effort up the 1.7-mile Shap climb, giving an extra dimension to this testing ride.

Sunday March 26

Wiggle Spring Saddle

Newmarket, Suffolk
40, 70 and 100 mile routes
>>> Online entry and more info

Newmarket Racecourse hosts this spring ride that takes in the counties of Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex. The three route distances are all relatively flat – but that just means you can go faster!

Saturday April 1

Cycling Weekly South Downs Spring Sportive

Plumpton Racecourse, East Sussex
35, 58 and 80 mile routes
>>> Online entry and more info

Despite the name, the South Downs Spring Sportive isn’t overly hilly, offering three routes on quiet lanes around Uckfield and Burgess Hill. It’s the perfect ride for those that have been waiting for milder weather and haven’t delved into a longer excursion just yet.

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Saturday April 8

Tour of the Wolds Sportive

Louth Tennis and Sports Centre, Louth, Lincolnshire
30, 54, 79 and 91 mile routes
>>> Online entry and more info

Four route distances ranging from 30 to 91 miles mean there is something for everyone in this spring sportive based on country roads in the Lincolnshire Wolds. Event entry also includes post-ride food.

Saturday April 8-Sunday April 9

Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive

Somerley House, Ringwood, Hampshire
29, 66 and 83 mile routes
Online entry and more info

The ever-popular New Forest Spring Sportive takes place over two days to accommodate all of the riders. The two days offer the same choice of three routes, designed to cater for all abilities through the charming and unique landscape of the area.

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Sunday April 9

Sean Yates Spring Classic Sportive

The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, East Sussex
41 and 64 mile routes
Online entry and more info

Join former pro rider Sean Yates for a trip around his Sussex training roads in this early-season sportive. Uniquely, the entry fee includes hot food at the feed station and a bottle of Belgian beer for every finisher.