UK Cycling Events For 2017 And 2018

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Events are in date order.

Wiggle Purbeck Hill-a-Saurus MTB (18th November)

This MTB event along the Jurassic Coast in Dorset is full of challenging climbs and technical descents, with over 500m of climbing in just 24 miles (39km) in the Epic ride. There are also 20- and 15-mile (32/24km) routes available, with route highlights including the historic Swanage Railway, the Purbeck Heritage Coast and Corfe Castle. £25-35, ukcyclingevents.co.uk

Cumbrian Cracker (19th November)

Riders of this 60-mile (97km) sportive set in the heart of the Lake District get to enjoy some the UK’s finest scenery, including Coniston Lake and Grizedale Forest. The route avoids all the major passes in the area too, so while you will tackle some undulating terrain, there are no fearsome climbs to worry about. £25, sientries.co.uk

Dirty Santa Christmas Trail Ride (3rd December)

Sign up for one last blast around the Surrey Hills in 2017. There are 30km and 55km options, both of which will involve plenty of ups and downs. There will be mud, naturally, but the routes have been carefully chosen to ensure they are rideable even in December. £31-32, trailbreak.co.uk

Strathpuffer 24 (20th-21st January)

Here’s a good way to start 2018 with a bang – sign up to ride gruelling MTB trails in the freezing conditions of the Scottish Highlands for 24 hours, 17 of which will be in darkness. The aim is to complete as many 11km laps as possible either solo, or as part of a team. £65, strathpuffer.co.uk

Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive (4th March)

This early-season sportive is perfect for those desperate to get back on their road bikes. The route is just shy of 100km and set in the picturesque Eden Valley, which sits in between the Lake District and the Pennines in Cumbria. £25, epicevents.co.uk

Ride The Reservoir (18th March)

The reservoir in question is in Bartley Green and it supplies the water for Birmingham. It’s also an especially pretty reservoir, with sailboats a common sight, plenty of birdlife and great views of Birmingham. The 75km ride is hilly but not too demanding, which is good for an early-season sportive, although there is a 4km hill climb at the 5km mark. Think of that as a good way to warm up. Early bird £18, standard £20, late booking £25, birminghamhospice.org.uk

Yeovil Sportive (8th April)

Another relaxed road ride to ease you into the season. The Yeovil Sportive has three distance options – 63km, 90km and 169km – all of which are enjoyably flat, aside from the climb through Cheddar Gorge on the longest route. £20-£35, beyondevents.org.uk

Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales (10th June)

It doesn’t matter which of the four distances you pick at this sportive in south Wales, you should be prepared for some brutal climbs. With that said, do pick your route carefully, because they range from 100km to the truly epic 305km Dragon Devil. If merely completing the event isn’t enough of a target for you, there are also timed King/Queen of the Mountains segments along the way. £47.50-£92.50, letapeuk.co.uk/wales

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 (Date TBC)

If you haven’t already entered the ballot for places in the 2018 RideLondon-Surrey 100, you’d best get your skates on. The ballot opened in early August and is due to shut on 5th January 2018 unless, and this is worth noting, they reach 80,000 entries before then. Given how popular this 100-mile (161km) ride through London and the Surrey Hills has become, you’d bet on them hitting that mark before the end of the year. £69 to enter ballot, prudentialridelondon.co.uk

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