Cycling Events of Interest 2019

On this page we feature 2019 Cycling Events of that may be of interest to club members, which the club is not directly involved in.

If you have an event or know about an event (particularly a local one) that we are not featuring, but would be of interest to other club members, please let the committee know the relevant details and we’ll get it on the website as soon as possible.

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Bike Week 2019

It’s time to saddle up and get set for Bike Week 2019!

Bike Week, delivered by Cycling UK, is an annual celebration to showcase cycling. Riding a bike can easily be a part of everyday life and Bike Week is here to inspire people all over the UK to give cycling a try. Taking place from 8-16 June, and with hundreds of events taking place all over the country this is the encouragement many of us need to kickstart our summer of cycling. Visit the Bike Week website to find your local events – or why not put on one yourself for your friends, family or colleagues?

For more information visit: http://bikeweek.org.uk/us/

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Coal Road Challenge 24th February 2019

Starts and Finishes at Bull Beck Picnic Site, Caton, LA2 9JU.  The Coal Road is the road connecting Garsdale Head with Dentdale, and while the mines above Dentdale were abandoned after the railway brought

cheap coal from farther afield, the traditional name remains and is a testing and beloved climb for Northern road cyclists. It reaches nearly 500 metres and ramps up to 20% at its steepest point. There's a cut off at 1.30 so you can't hang about over the 70 mile course! 8.30 is the earliest start time.

More details from the website: Coal Road Challenge
Cost: £5


Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive 3 March 2019

The Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive starts from Penrith Leisure Centre.  The route is just short of 60 miles. The route initially heads South towards Orton village before looping north to Appleby in Westmorland for the half way food stop.   The homeward leg then weaves its way through fantastic cycling lanes, via Dufton, Milburn and Langwathby. The route is undulating but does not climb any major hills or mountains. The roads are very quiet and scenic! Full refreshments are available at the half way stop and hot food is also available at the finish as part of the entry fee - still £25.

For more information visit Eden Valley Epic

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Wheelbase Spring Classic 20th March 2019

56 or 34 miles. Starting from Stavely both routes include an early timed hill climb over Shap. Supported by Wheelbase the fastest male and female up the 1.7 mile climb will receive a riders jersey and the title King / Queen of the Mountain.

The short route returns via Grayrigg and the long route via Sedbergh. The long route is supported with an optional food and hot drink stop in Sedbergh. Every rider has a £2 voucher to spend at Wilfs after the ride!

Total Ascent: TBC

Cost: £20/£25

More information from here.

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Cheshire Cat 24th March 2019

The iconic Cheshire Cat, one of the first major Sportives in the UK, is back with the best of what was originally created, great routes, fantastic feed stations, the classic Mow Cop!

Setting off from Queens Park in Crewe, you find yourself on quiet roads in the Cheshire countryside, for a gentle spin around picturesque country lanes.

The short route is perfect for novice riders wanting to start the season with an early season sportive. At 51 miles it’s still a challenge but doesn’t face the killer climb up Mow Cop, gently rolling around the quiet lanes of Cheshire.

The medium and long routes take on the challenging killer mile of Mow Cop, showing the true grimace of the Cheshire Cat itself! The medium route at 80 miles still has all the climbs of the longer 108 mile challenge, so you won't miss out!

Short Route: Distance: 83.3km, Climbing: 455m, Max Gradient: 9.3%, Price: £20
Medium Route: Distance: 130km, Climbing: 1,255m, Max Gradient: 27.9%, Price: £27.50
Long Route: Distance: 174.3km, Climbing: 1,655m,  Max Gradient: 27.9%, Price: £30.00

For more information visit Cheshire Cat


Forest of Bowland Sportive 29 September 2019

The Forest of Bowland Sportive is a tough test for the legs with over 8,000ft of climbing to tackle but you will be given just reward with superb sights and scenery as the Cumbria sportive rolls through two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. At the start, the sportive leads out towards Milnthorpe Sands as the route enters its first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty of the day, Arnside and Silverdale.

There are three routes to choose from:

100 miles, 8,074ft, £40

81 miles, 6473ft, £40

35 miles, 1899ft, £31

All routes start from The Rural Auction Centre near Crooklands (just off J36 of the M6)

More details can be found here forest-of-bowland-sportive


Two Mills Challenge Ride 14th April 2019

Chester & North Wales CTC logoThis popular early season event challenges you to cycle the 50 mile course, and to eat what is a generous lunch, in either 4 or 5 hours. It is not a race.
For those that would like a more sociable pace, there is also a shorter 50km route. Start/finish is Farndon Sports and Social club, Sibbersfield Lane, Farndon, Chester CH3 6NX (5km south of Chester) -Here.

You do not have to be a member of Cycling UK although members enjoy a cheaper entry charge. The route is all on road but not closed ones! Do take the time to enjoy this tour of the wonderful Cheshire and Welsh border lanes.

The entry fee is £14 (or £13 for Cycling UK members).

For that you get:

  • buffet style lunch midway
  • electronic timing
  • plenty of car parking at HQ
  • route sheet in paper form or for GPS devices
  • support vehicle for emergencies

The course follows a figure of 8, looping out to Kinnerton for first half and Overton in the second. The limit is 200 riders. Early entry is a must to guarantee a place. If you are riding the 50 mile course inform the organiser of how fast you plan to complete and if you want to be grouped with team mates. You will be allocated a time slot to start from 9.30 to 10.30am. Faster 4-hour riders and those following the shorter 50km circuit will leave last. More information here Two Mills


Lakeland Loop Cycle Sportive 14th April 2019

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The Lakeland Loop Cycle Sportive is a challenging cycling sportive. Starting from the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel in Great Langdale, the Loop is approximately 69 miles long, taking in some of the finest views of the Lake District and some its most challenging climbs. Experienced cyclists will require a gear ratio of 39/27, a compact chainset or triple chainset is strongly advised as the hardest climbs to the end of the route. [Website doesn't say what inexperienced riders should do!] There's 3,191m of climbing!
There are two food stops on the route serving hot and cold drinks, plus a variety of refreshments.
You will be able to purchase food and drinks at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.
Parking: There is free event field parking at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.
Places to Stay: Baysbrown Farm Campsite is just over 1.5 miles away from the start/finish
Entry is still £25.
Website: Lakeland loop

Lagan's Foundation Cycle Challenge 28th April 2019

Provisional Start/Finish - Rivington and Blackrod High School. This year there are 3 Routes:

Short Route: Total distance of 47km with 2660ft of incline

£20+ 50p online booking fee.

Standard Route: Total distance 71.13km with 4165ft of incline!

£25 + 50p Online booking fee

Long Route: Total distance 106km with 5409ft of incline

A real test to those taking part in hill challenges or Ironman 2018 or simply would like to go a bit further than the standard route.

£30+ 50p online booking fee

Take part in the exhilarating open cycling challenge around the beautiful countryside of South Lancashire. Tackling the challenging inclines and enjoying the fabulous views to North Wales, Cheshire and Blackpool.

Not for the faint-hearted- BC Grade 2 is not quite true! Part of the route is covered in the Iron Man. If you are training for a bigger event this will be a fantastic challenge to start the spring with.

A masseur will be available at the end of the ride for those aching legs.

More information on the website: Lagan's Challenge


Ribble Valley Ride 09 June 2019

The popular fund-raising sportive on Sunday 10 June offers three great routes – 25, 60 & 100 miles – through stunning scenery in the Ribble Valley and Yorkshire Dales.

Organised jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Clitheroe and Accrington, the event will start and finish at The Fell Bike and Triathlon Superstore, Clitheroe, and cater for every type of cyclist whilst raising much needed funds for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, Dan’s Trust and other charities.

One of the foremost cycle sportives in the north-west with a reputation for

♦ Superb routes
♦ Slick yet friendly organisation
♦ Lots of fantastic FOOD! – all FREE
♦ 10 minutes at each stop not counted towards your time
♦ Get a massage at the finish
♦ FREE downloadable rider photos
♦ Fantastic Start/Finish venue – full mechanics’ station
♦  Great value for money - no increase on last year!

Challenge 25m - £18.00
Enthusiast 60m - £23.00
Expert 100m - £28.00

For more information visit Ribble Valley Ride


West Coast Classic 14 July 2019

This West Coast (Fish and Chip) Ride takes you from Preston College to Lytham, with some of the best of Bowland en route. With one or two tough climbs to test you, and — perhaps more pertinently —  to work up an appetite,  you will be well rewarded for your efforts once you reach the coast! A tasty and well-earned portion of fish and chips right on Lytham Green awaits you! But then you've got to cycle back to the finish - another 25 miles (groan!)Image result for fish and chips

There are three routes:

Epic:  97 miles, 4,540ft gain, £40

Standard: 79 miles, 2,883ft gain, £40

Short: 54 miles, 1,427ft gain, £31

For more information visit West coast classic sportive


Manchester to Blackpool 7th July 2019

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The extremely popular annual event amongst cyclists of all abilities. The route covers 60 miles from Manchester, along the scenic country lanes of Lancashire, and then finishes on the South Promenade in Blackpool. The Christie charity team will welcome you over the finish line where cyclists can enjoy a BBQ, live music and a well-earned massage. Once again, the event will start from The Piazza, MediaCityUK, Salford, M50 2EQ.

The Christie Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride i logos The Christie charity’s largest cycling event that is attended by over 6,000 cyclists each year. The money raised from The Christie Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride helps to provide inspiration and hope to cancer patients and their families, as well as helping to carry out more research, give more people the very best treatment and care – and save even more lives.

Entry Pack: £19.90

Transport Afternoon: £25.50
Transport Morning: £25.50

For information and entry form visit: Manchester Blackpool


Preston Pedalfest Sunday 21 July 2019

Preston PedalFest Cycle Sportive starts from Avenham Park, Preston on Sunday 21st July 2019.

ThPRESTON PedalFest Cycle Sportiveere are two routes available. The long route initially heads out of the park and over towards Mellor and then Whalley, taking in some of the beautiful Ribble Valley lanes and hills. From Whalley you will head out via Great Mitton & then Whitewell before arriving in Dunsop Bridge to tackle the infamous Trough climb (total elevation gain is 3,3200ft).

The short route will follow the same course as the long route until you fork off at Wilpshire via Longridge and over to Inglewhite where it will rejoin the long route back to Preston.
Full refreshments are available at the half way stop (long route only) and Avenham Park will be the host of lots of other activities during the day as well as the Riverside Cafe selling food and drinks once you finish your ride.
The long course is 65 miles and the short course is 37 miles, cost is £25 and £20 respectively (same as ast year).
For more information visit the website