The-Smuggler-sportive

Web: thesmugglersportive.co.uk Distance: 25, 50, 80 miles Major climbs: Three Terrain: Up, up and away Participants: 500 Number of finishers: 480 Best: Smuggler Ale Worst: A tyre-wrecking puncture. Thanks to…

Dartmoor-Demond---cycling-weekly

Web: www.bookmyride.co.uk Distance: 55 or 95 miles Major climbs: Loads. Notably Dartmeet and Widecombe Terrain: Extremely hilly and undulating Participants: 500 Best bit: Well-stocked feed stations and easy course signage…

Clare-Fogden-on-the-Hardknott-Pass

Web: www.fredwhittonchallenge.co.uk Distance: 112miles Major climbs: 10 Terrain:  Vicious Number of finishers: 1,750 Average time: 8hr 45 min Best: The climb of Newlands Pass. Worst: The climb of Hardknott Pass.…

Etape-Caledonia-Sportive

www.etapecaledonia.co.uk 81 
miles or 72 if you ended up behind the broom wagon before mile 55 5,200 Number of 
participants 4,233 Number of 
finishers One Major climb It’s hard to…

Eroica Britannia 2014

Ian Parr takes to his vintage steel steed and rides in the inaugural L'Eroica Britannia in the Peak District

Marrakech-Atlas-Etape

With climbs rougher and tougher than Alpe d’Huez, the Marrakech Atlas 
Etape lies at the more challenging end of the sportive spectrum. For the second time, the Atlas Etape in…

Dunkirk-Roubaix-cobbles

Website: www.dunkerque-roubaix.com Distance: 165km Major climbs: None Terrain: Flat with 
cobbled 
secteurs Participants: 33 Best: Riding on closed roads with Geraint Thomas and Magnus Backstedt Worst: Being totally unprepared for…

etape_tim_winterburn-8

Scottish highlands may not have the ideal weather for a 67-mile sportive ride but it did provide a picture perfect route for the inaugural Etape Loch Ness..

Honister-Pass-Slate-Stinger

The northern Cumbrian mountains are breathtaking, both literally and figuratively. They look beautiful in almost any weather; sunshine or showers, every rise and view seems more stunning than the last.…

Vatternrundan

The Vätternrundan — a 300km circuit of a vast lake in southern Sweden that has been run since 1966 — ought to be on every cyclist’s bucket list. Held over…

NSPCC Tour of Yorkshire

Tour of Yorkshire on 19 -20 July the event, which hopes to allow riders of all abilities to feel and ride like a pro with two days of supported riding...