Inspired by the Tour de France?
Seven short sportives to get you back in the saddle.
The 2018 edition of the Tour de France is underway, with an estimated 15 million people watching the race from the roadside over its three-week duration.
And if the drama of the tour has kindled a desire to dust off the old Halford’s 10-speed racer, squeeze into some lycra and hit the tarmac, we’ve got a comprehensive choice of local races to enter across the UK.
So what are you waiting for? Choose your sportive, sign up, clip in and off you go!
Pedal for Parkinson's
Pedal for Parkinson's gives you the choice of a 20-mile blast, 40-mile blaze or 60-mile burn to help raise funds for Parkinson's UK. Ride through Yorkshire's rolling hills in July or pedal in Scotland's beautiful countryside this August.
"Not only does this event bring together people with a connection to Parkinson’s, it also brings together a community that loves cycling." - Dave Usherwood
London to Brighton 2018
This classic London to Brighton ride includes the infamous Ditchling Beacon, a mile-long climb with roughly the same gradient as Mont Ventoux.
"Great ride, really enjoyed it. Will definitely do it again" - Gareth Loft
"Such a brilliant day. My 1st L2B bike ride, doubt it will be the last." - John Hatch
Giant's Causeway Coast Sportive 2018
The Causeway Coast Sportive is a unique event based in Lonely Planet's number one region to visit in 2018, which is also home to some epic Game of Thrones filming locations.
"...plenty of encouragement and company from strangers who typified what cycling is about. Well done to all who helped make it happen." - Milne Sloan
Travel through the magnificent Goodwood Estate and into the beautiful West Sussex countryside on Velo South, later enjoying a grandstand finish back at the Goodwood Motor Circuit, home of the Festival of Speed.
Manchester 100 2018
Cycle through the Cheshire countryside and shady oasis of Delamere Forest - sign up to Manchester 100 now and help raise vital funds for the Christie. 100km or 100 miles - you decide!
"Another brilliant Manchester 100, my fourth time taking part, just seen my photo on the cycle sports site. Real action pose of middle aged man in lycra (MAMIL)." D. C.
With tough climbs, fast decents and scenic flats, BOXCAM 200 has all the ingredients of a well-rounded sportive. Not up to the full 200 miles? Choose to take on BOXCAM 100 from Bristol to Oxford or pedal Oxford to Cambridge the day after.
"I was absolutely bowled over by the event! The route, the food and accommodation, the dinner, and the attention to the riders' welfare over the weekend was quite superb. No detail was too small. I have taken part in many similar events and BOXCAM 200 rates as the best. Thank you for a fabulous weekend" - David Brodie
Prudential Ride London 2019
Be part of the UK’s ultimate 100-mile sportive on traffic-free closed roads and take on the continental-style hairpin bends of Surrey's notorious Box Hill.
"The most amazing cycling event I've ever taken part in. The closed roads and the crowds made it a day I'll never, ever forget."
Tour de Yorkshire 2019
A unique mix of Tour de France delivery combined with Yorkshire hospitality and beauty resulting in a sportive dream day. Enter our Tour de Yorkshire 2019 competition for your chance to ride many of the same roads as the pros before they do, including the pro finish line, complete with support from the waiting crowds.
Need a longer ride?
Pedal from West Coast to East Coast or why not go the whole hog and cycle from Land's End to John O'Groats.
Coast 2 Coast Cycling Challenge
The classic coast 2 coast bike ride
departing from West Cumbria on a 140-mile journey to the North Sea.
Deloitte Ride Across Britain
Take on Britain’s world famous long distance cycle challenge - Ride Across Britain. Join 850 riders & tackle 969 fully supported miles from south west Cornwall to north east Scotland.
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