Scimitar Cycling has scoured the nation for six ways to have a good time on two wheels.
5. Edinburgh Festival of Cycling
Among the UK’s very best cycling festivals, Edinburgh’s Festival of Cycling offers over 80 individual events at 46 different venues. The week-long event showcases all aspects of bicycling culture, featuring challenging sportives, films, family activities, exhibitions and lots of opportunities to shop.
4. Pedal Norfolk
Once a year, Pedal Norfolk takes over the 25,000 acre, 17th century Holkham Estate for three glorious days. With its picturesque parkland – complete with grazing deer – Holkham plays host to a three-day cycling festival. A variety of rides cater to a wide range of cyclists – from weekend warriors to families and experienced pro cyclists. Grab the opportunity to camp in the estate’s rolling grounds and hang out with like-minded cycling fans.
3. The Joker Sportive
Occurring after April Fools’ Day, The Joker sportive features a unique series of optional challenges – including hills and hidden shortcuts. A pair of base routes cover 122km and 75km, enabling riders to sail through the Wiltshire and Dorset countryside.
2. Ride London
Ride London is among the UK’s most popular cycling events. A closed road event, Ride London combines great accessible sportives with the opportunity to watch some of the world’s finest cyclists take to the road. Amateur cyclists are invited to take part in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 – a 100-mile challenge on the same closed roads which the professionals navigate. There are still charity places up for grabs.
1. Shropshire Mynd
Kilo to Go’s Shropshire Mynd cyclosportive provides keen riders with the opportunity to glide through some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside. This closed road event takes in Long Mynd, Stiperstones, Long Mountain and a new ascent up Kerry Hill (complete with long, whizzy descent).
Save the date
Use your cycling journal to keep track of the different events taking place in your area. Create training plans around specific events, and use ticket stubs, rider passes and other items of personal memorabilia to personalise your journal.
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