The Events We Want to Ride This Year

There is never a shortage of sportives, rides, and events to do, but where to start? And what if you want to try something different?

With that in mind, we've sorted through endless event calendars to bring you our favourite must-do rides of the summer.


North Coast 500

Best for multi-day riding
From £15.00 

North Coast 500

When: Self-supported trip (best time to ride is summer)

Where: Inverness, Scotland

The ultimate road trip around the North of Scotland, dubbed Scotland's Route 66. Wide meandering country lanes and beautiful bends through some of Scotland's finest coastal scenery are just a few things you can expect along the North Coast 500. There is no actual 'event' taking place, but Scotland's tourist board has a dedicated website with accommodation guides, itineraries, and a list of cycle shops.

Start your planning here

 

Pannier.cc Camps - Desert of Wales

Best for gravel riding and camping out
£345.00

Pannier CC Riding Camps

When: 3 day trips throughout August 2018
Where: Rhayader, Wales

The crew at Pannier.cc like to travel at a stately pace to explore more of the outdoors. Their three-night guided bikepacking escape will take you into the heart of Wales on single-track roads and gravel, and through forest and moorland wildness. Each night they'll set up a basecamp in boutique tents, and get riders involved in making rustic pizza. You can even hire bikes and equipment.

Sign up here

Condor 70th Anniversary Ride

Best for fun and atmosphere
£50.00

Condor 70th Festival July 8th

When: Sunday 8th July 2018
Where: Chillington Hall, Staffordshire, England

Explore the hidden lanes of Shropshire and Staffordshire. Ride through iconic Ironbridge gorge and over the Wrekin. Recuperate in the stunning grounds of Chillington Hall with a celebration lunch and beer, and watch the Tour de France on a big screen. Birthday celebrations will be in full swing throughout the day. There are two rides to choose from, suitable for all riding abilities.

Buy your tickets here

 

L'Eroica 

Best for vintage and dressing up
from £50.00 plus flights

L'Eroica

When: Sunday, 7 October 2018
Where: Gaiole, Chianti, Italy

Run on gravel roads with pre-1987 bikes in woollen jerseys, fuelled by rich Italian food and wine. The gloroius L'Eroica ride captures the golden era of cycling. The beautiful white gravel roads of Tuscany have played host to the annual ride since 1997, and has has become so popular that 7,000 riders participate. Expect plenty of Chianti wine at each food stop, classic steel bikes, and handlebar moustaches.

Register here

 

Pedal Ed Silk Road Mountain Race

Best for endurance fans
£250-£300 plus flights

Silk Road Mountain Race

When: 18 August–1 September 2018

Where: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Ever fancied riding through the mountains where Genhis Khan once moved his vast armies? The Silk Road Mountain Race is an unsupported ride across the spectacular and desolate landscape of central Asia. There are three manned checkpoints along the 17,000km route and at the finish near the capital Bishkek they'll be an after party for riders.

Register here

 

Kent Velo Sportive

Best for cake
£35

Kent Velo Girls Sportive

When: Sunday, 7 October 2018
Where: Tonbridge, Kent, England

The Kent Velo Girls cycling club was ranked by Red Bull as one of the top cycling clubs in the country. The club offers up to fifteen social rides per week and, at the end of the season, members come together to run a sportive with more delicious baked goods than Mary Berry would know what to do with. The incredibly well-run ride offers several routes that tackle the climbs around Ashdown Forest with all profits donated to Papyrus, a teenage suicide-prevention charity.

Sign up here

 

Il Lombardia Granfondo

Best for end of season sun
from £50

Tour of Lombary Sportive

When: 13th October, 2018
Where: Como, Italy

A weekend in the Italian Lakes could be the best way to round out your season.
Il Lombardia on the Saturday is, for many riders in the pro peloton, the final race of their season. Featuring the iconic Ghisallo climb and infamous Muro di Sormano & Civiglio climbs together with possibly the most beautiful backdrop of all the Monuments it will inspire you to tackle the Gran Fondo the next day.


http://gfilombardia.it/en/

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