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.
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/
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
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
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
More information from here.
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
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
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
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
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
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!)
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
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 is 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 Cycle Sportive starts from Avenham Park, Preston on Sunday 21st July 2019.
There 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).