Cyclo Sportives UK




Must Try harder in 2009
Dateline 10-Feb-2009
Having spent 2008 promising myself to cover more cyclo-sportives - and get out on the bike more - it looks like I will have to try harder to get anywhere this year.
Last year each of the big events seemed to clash with other commitments, have poor weather or was already being covered (for photography) by someone else. Since I did make some efforts to encourage media support for mass participation bike rides I should really follow my own advice.
In my defence there seems no point in duplicating what is already being covered on the web - but I guess it should be possible to add something that is not covered elsewhere. I will certainly try.

2008 Calendar Comes Together
Still working on getting together a calendar that covers all abilities but here some of the announced events. More are expected to follow

Key UK Challenge events planned for 2008 are -

  • Etape du Dales  Organiser - Stuart Holdsworth. Postscript: October 2008 - “Stuart Holdsworth, 64, formerly of Bingley, was in a collision with a Volkswagen Golf towing a caravan on the A65 near Gildersleets, Giggleswick, in the Yorkshire Dales. He was taken to Airedale General Hospital, where he died.”

The BHF Hearts First Bike Rides planned for 2008 are -

galbhf127 April White Peak Challenge Matlock
18 May Bourne Ride Emsworth,
08 June Round The Harbours Schools and Young People Havant
15 June London to Brighton Bike Ride
28 June SDW Randonnee1 - 100 mile UK Challenge Winchester,
28 June SDW Randonnee1 - 65 miles Bike Rides Winchester
28 June SDW Randonnee1 - 35 Miles Bike Rides Brighton
12 July Haslemere Off Road Challenge Haslemere
26 July SDW Randonnee2 UK Challenge Bike Rides Winchester
27 July Goodwood Cycle Chichester
14 September Cycle the Wight 65 and 45 miles Ryde
14 September Cycle the Wight 15 miles Shanklin
27 September London to South Coast Off Road Challenge Caterham
12 October Viking Coastal Trail Ramsgate

British Cycling lists a number of cyclo-sportive rides (or Cycling Sportif as it is called here!) -

10.Feb Burnham & Baddow Cyclo Sportive
24.Feb SWRC "Early Spring" 100km Cyclosportive
08.Mar Epic Cycles Spring Challenge
04.May Forest of Dean Spring Classic
11.May Dartmoor Classic Sportif
24.May Tour of Wessex Cyclosportive
01.Jun Chiltern Hundred Challenge
08.Jun Tour of Pembrokeshire Cyclosportive
08.Jun White Rose Classic
15.Jun Dragon Ride Wales
21.Jun Iron Mountain Sportive Wales
27.Jul The Ryedale Rumble

For more specialised coverage visit the Cyclosport web site


Is there anything that “sportivists” need that is not already on the web? If so get in touch.

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