The changeable weather may mean that time in the saddle has been compromised recently, but you’re probably beginning to think about plans for how you’ll spend the spring and summer months. Our email inbox seems to be filled on a daily basis with news of various sportives, so here’s a quick round up of just some of what’s on offer.
How can any road cyclist resist the temptation of a closed road sportive?! Velothon Wales takes place in Cardiff on 22 May, with riders tackling a 140km route that includes two challenging climbs – the notorious Tumble in the Brecon Beacons and Caerphilly mountain. Individual entry costs £65.
Cycling Weekly sportive series
With 29 events throughout England and Scotland, and covering road cycling and adventure cross, there is plenty to choose from. The series has kicked off already so there are events ready and waiting for anyone who has the legs! Cycling Weekly is currently offering season passes – save 10% when you book three events, 15% on five events and 25% on 10 events.
Human Race events
Human Race offers a great range of cycling events, with distances varying from 50km to 300km. Events include the Dragon Ride (5 June), one of the UK’s most prestigious sportives. The Gran Fondo features some 2,900m of climbing – if you get chance to look up you’ll be treated to spectacular scenery. Or ride the same roads as the pro riders and take part in the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride on 1 May, the same day as the final stage of the pro Tour de Yorkshire. And then there’s L’Etape London on 25 September, which starts and finishes in Lee Valley VeloPark – choose from three distances and sample much of the route used for Stage Three of the 2014 Tour de France.
Dulux Trade London Revolution
Fancy a multi-day challenge? London Revolution runs over two days (14-15 May) with an overnight stop and evening meal. Starting out from Lee Valley Athletics Centre, the 185-mile route goes through Central London – via some of London’s greatest landmarks – and heads out to the North Downs, turning west towards Windsor and the overnight camp at Ascot racecourse. Day two is the return to London via the Chiltern Hills and Epping Forest.
Evans Cycles Ride It organises a great series of MTB and road events all over Britain. Distances and difficulty vary so there is something for everyone – and kids aged 16 or under are free, but must be accompanied by an adult. Book in advance and you’ll get a free High5 race pack (worth £10) on the day.
The biggest sportive of the year 'Prudential Ride London' and now that entrants know the result of the ballot, cyclists all over the country – and beyond – are either jubilant to have a place or are cursing their bad luck. Of course, if you haven’t been successful in the ballot you can still get a charity place. Sunday 31 July will see much of London and Surrey come to a standstill as thousands of cyclists tackle 100 miles of closed roads, following a route that emulates much of the London 2012 Olympic Road Race. This is actually just one event run over the two-day cycling festival – there is also family cycling in Central London on the Saturday (more closed roads!), Brompton racing, a handcyle race, plus Pro Women’s Grand Prix and the Pro Men’s Classic, which follows a similar route to the sportive. The atmosphere is fantastic and well worth a visit, whether you’re taking part or not
Go on, get signed up for one. Or two. Or maybe quite a few! It’s good to have goals to work towards and it’ll make sure you get out on your bike to train whenever you can – and who can argue with that?! And if you are planning to do any fundraising along the way, we provide a bespoke custom jersey service – ideal for clubs and charities that aren’t ordering in huge volume.
Of course, you’re only human and you’ll need to relax and recover in amongst all that cycling. Ideal sofa time will be any time between 2-24 July, when we’ll all be wondering if Chris Froome can win the Tour de France for the third time. And then we have the Rio 2016 Olympic Games 5-21 August and the Paralympic Games 7-18 September – if 2012 is anything to go by, Team GB will be fantastic to watch!