Short sportives

Short sportives

Mass-participation road cycling events perfectly suited to first timers.

78 Short sportives in the UK

Short distance sportives are mass-participation road cycling events over distances of up to around 40 miles. Events are typically well sign-posted with feeding stations and mechanical support along the route and so are popular with all levels of cyclists looking for a ride out in an organised event. Select your location for sportives in your area or scroll down to browse events.

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Short sportives in 2024

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This popular early season sportive offers a mixture of open, flowing, flat roads combined with a couple of testing climbs. Children aged 11+ can join in accompanied.
  • Sun 28 Apr
  • £44
Honiton, Devon, UK

Taunton Flyer | Spitfire Route

This popular early season sportive offers a mixture of open, flowing, flat roads combined with a couple of testing climbs. Children aged 11+ can join in accompanied.

  • 37 miles road cycling + 2500 ft ascent
The Kent countryside serves up a mixture of quiet villages and beautiful scenery as you ride along quiet lanes. Earn your medal conquering the super Cool route!
  • Sun 5 May
  • £32.85
Tonbridge, Kent, UK

RIDE Castle | Cool

The Kent countryside serves up a mixture of quiet villages and beautiful scenery as you ride along quiet lanes. Earn your medal conquering the super Cool route!

  • 36 miles road cycling
One of the biggest charity sportives in the East offering a flat and fast route ideal for an early-season time or to sample a longer ride. Earn your medal on the super Cool route!
  • Sun 19 May
  • £23.85
Woodbridge, UK

RIDE Suffolk Sunrise | Cool

One of the biggest charity sportives in the East offering a flat and fast route ideal for an early-season time or to sample a longer ride. Earn your medal on the super Cool route!

  • 42 miles road cycling
Ideal for those looking for their first mass participation bike ride. This special 30-mile ride on traffic-free roads passes through central London to Essex and is ideal for people of all abilities.
  • Sun 26 May
  • £25
London, UK

RideLondon | Essex 30

Ideal for those looking for their first mass participation bike ride. This special 30-mile ride on traffic-free roads passes through central London to Essex and is ideal for people of all abilities.

  • 30 miles road cycling
Classic and beautiful rides around Norfolk and the surrounding countryside. Starting from City Hall and taking in the edge of the Broads, the coast and more, to finish with food, drink and a medal.
  • Sun 2 Jun
  • £24-£27.50
Norwich, Norfolk, UK

Norwich 30

Classic and beautiful rides around Norfolk and the surrounding countryside. Starting from City Hall and taking in the edge of the Broads, the coast and more, to finish with food, drink and a medal.

  • 30 miles road cycling + 530 ft ascent
The Cool Route is the least intense ride of the Ride The Dales sportive and offers a relatively flat alternative, taking riders past Fountains Abbey. Earn your medal on the super Cool route!
  • Sun 2 Jun
  • £23.85
York, North Yorkshire, UK

RIDE The Dales | Cool

The Cool Route is the least intense ride of the Ride The Dales sportive and offers a relatively flat alternative, taking riders past Fountains Abbey. Earn your medal on the super Cool route!

  • 41 miles road cycling + 147 m ascent
Part of Action's RIDE Series, join the charity's celebrity ambassador and TV presenter Davina McCall on this Sussex bike ride raising funds for sick babies and children.
  • Sun 2 Jun
  • £23.85
Uckfield, East Sussex, UK

Davina's Big Sussex Bike RIDE | Cool

Part of Action's RIDE Series, join the charity's celebrity ambassador and TV presenter Davina McCall on this Sussex bike ride raising funds for sick babies and children.

  • 27 miles road cycling
Join this exhilarating Endurance Weekend in the stunning Chiltern Hills! Whether you seek a weekend of endurance, picturesque sights or a chance to bond with fellow athletes, this is your opportunity!
  • Sun 23 Jun
  • £30
Chesham, Buckinghamshire, UK

ATW Chiltern Endurance Weekend | 60km Cycle Sportif

Join this exhilarating Endurance Weekend in the stunning Chiltern Hills! Whether you seek a weekend of endurance, picturesque sights or a chance to bond with fellow athletes, this is your opportunity!

  • 60 km road cycling
If you are new to biking, the world of sportives or looking for a family friendly ride, this is challenge through stunning Cornish countryside is the one for you.
  • Sun 30 Jun
  • £2.50-£15
Padstow, Cornwall, UK

Coast and Clay Sportive | Inspire 20 Miles

If you are new to biking, the world of sportives or looking for a family friendly ride, this is challenge through stunning Cornish countryside is the one for you.

  • 20 miles road cycling + 1700 ft ascent
Sun, sea and saddles to stop MS! Round the Harbours Bike Ride gives you the choice of two scenic coastal routes around Havant, Southsea, Fareham and Gosport to enjoy at your own pace.
  • Sat 6 Jul
  • £20
Gosport, Hampshire, UK

Round the Harbours Bike Ride | 32 Mile

Sun, sea and saddles to stop MS! Round the Harbours Bike Ride gives you the choice of two scenic coastal routes around Havant, Southsea, Fareham and Gosport to enjoy at your own pace.

  • 32 miles road cycling
A beginner-friendly route in stunning surroundings and part of the Pedal Stirling Sportive for Parkinson's UK. You'll get chip timing, finishers medal and professional photos too!
  • Sun 1 Sep
  • £35-£40
Stirling, UK

Pedal Stirling Sportive | Classic 22 Mile

A beginner-friendly route in stunning surroundings and part of the Pedal Stirling Sportive for Parkinson's UK. You'll get chip timing, finishers medal and professional photos too!

  • 22 miles road cycling + 513 m ascent
Close your cycling season on a stunning ride through the Essex countryside, as you journey through quiet villages and farmlands. The Cool ride, part of the RIDE Series, is ideal for newcomers.
  • Sun 1 Sep
  • £32.40
Chelmsford, Essex, UK

RIDE Essex | Cool

Close your cycling season on a stunning ride through the Essex countryside, as you journey through quiet villages and farmlands. The Cool ride, part of the RIDE Series, is ideal for newcomers.

  • 36 miles road cycling + 1079 ft ascent
A great route showcasing the amazing Cornwall coast road! Each rider will receive a Gold, Silver, or Bronze medal based on the completion time for their appropriate age and gender category.
  • Sat 14 Sep
  • £40
Marazion, Cornwall, UK

Lands End 100 | Short

A great route showcasing the amazing Cornwall coast road! Each rider will receive a Gold, Silver, or Bronze medal based on the completion time for their appropriate age and gender category.

  • 46 miles road cycling + 3020 ft ascent
Explore the quiet roads of Dartmoor and surrounding area on this short sportive. Chip timed, fully supported with KOM/QOM challenge and supreme views.
  • Sun 29 Sep
  • £43
Exeter, Devon, UK

Moor to Sea | Inspire

Explore the quiet roads of Dartmoor and surrounding area on this short sportive. Chip timed, fully supported with KOM/QOM challenge and supreme views.

  • 36 miles road cycling + 1085 ft ascent
The Leggero features many of Dartmoor's most iconic climbs without having to complete the Dartmoor Legend Ultra also taking place that day!
  • Sat 2 Aug 2025
  • £42.50
Yelverton, Devon, UK

Dartmoor Legend Sportives | Leggero

The Leggero features many of Dartmoor's most iconic climbs without having to complete the Dartmoor Legend Ultra also taking place that day!

  • 74 miles road cycling + 7214 ft ascent

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