The Bealach Beag 43 Miles – Scotland Cycling

The Bealach is the UK’s biggest road climb with an ascent of 626m from sea level in just 10km. It is set in a fabulous unspoilt landscape with outstanding views of the sea and hills. The Applecross Peninsula is renowned as a gem in Scotland’s crown of natural wonders. The idea of a sportive belongs to local cycling legend Clifford Davidson.

The event was first run in the summer of 2006 and it was immediately obvious that had captured the imagination of cyclists of all standards. Shortly after, due to demand, we introduced a 2nd shorter option which also included the opportunity to climb the big one! Bealach Mor retains the original route of 90 miles and the Bealach Beag introduced a shorter distance of 43 miles.

72KM

1426M OF ASCENT

The route will take you south east from the picturesque village of Shieldaig down through Glen Shieldaig to Tornapress. Things get tough now as the road swings sharply upward for the main climb to Bealach-na-Ba. The section of road from Tornapress up the Bealach and down to Applecross campsite is closed for the event. The reward is great as a massive vista over the west coast and the Isle of Skye opens before you as you plunge down to sea level again at Applecross. The hard work is not over as the next section around the north of the peninsula has hardly any flat as it clings to the coast, past rocky cliffs and sandy coves. Finally you return to charming Sheildaig nestling in the shelter of its loch. There the enthusiastic locals will assure you a warm highland welcome (and some good grub!)

The Bealach is the UK’s biggest road climb with a 626m ascent from sea level in just 10km. It is set in a fabulous unspoilt landscape with outstanding views of the sea and the hills. The Applecross Peninsula is renowned as a gem in Scotland’s crown of natural wonders. The 78km route will take you south east from the picturesque village of Shieldaig down through Glen Shieldaig to Tornapress.

Things get tough now as the road swings sharply upward for the main climb to Bealach-na-Ba. The section of road from Tornapress up the Bealach and down to Applecross campsite is closed for the event.

The reward is great as a massive vista over the west coast and the Isle of Skye opens before you as you plunge down to sea level again at Applecross. The hard work is not over as the next section around the north of the peninsula has hardly any flat as it clings to the coast, past rocky cliffs and sandy coves. Finally you return to charming Sheildaig nestling in the shelter of its loch. You are assured of a warm highland welcome (and some good grub!) from the locals.

There will be a timing station at the bottom of the Bealach and another at the top. If you want your time on the climb recorded and be eligible to compete to become the Highlands answer to Chris Froome you must stop and ‘dib’ at both!

Strade Bianchi Pro Race & Gran Fondo – Italia Cycling

Explore the beauty of Siena in Tuscany while watching some incredible cycling on the famous white gravel roads of the Strade Bianche. Ride on the course and cross under the official finish line just hours before the Pros on our cross the finish experience on Saturday. Take photos on the official podium and await the arrival of the riders in style from our finish hospitality venue in Siena. We offer a choice of start pen including front pen for the GF Strade Bianche.

The Strade Bianche Gran Fondo and Pro race weekend usually takes place early March. The Strade Bianche is one of the most popular cycle races on the circuit with its unique character and fantastic location in and around Siena in Tuscany, Italy. Even though the race has only been taking place in the last 10 years, it attracts a lot of attention and was added as a UCI World Tour event in 2017.

This weekend offers you the opportunity to ride your bike with us on the Saturday to watch the 2022 Strade Bianche and to then cycle the 2022 Gran Fondo Strade Bianche on the Sunday.

THE ROUTE

2 available routes both with departure and finish line to Siena.
The long route is the same of the Women élite race.
The short road is the same until to Murlo, where he takes the right with a dirt road sector and a descent to Monteroni d’Arbia.
The last kilometers are the same for both routes.

GRAN FONDO 139.2 KM
31.6 KM OF GRAVEL ROADS

MEDIO FONDO 86.6 KM
21.6 KM OF GRAVEL ROADS

 

UCI WORLD TOUR PRO RACE

The Strade Bianche is a road bicycle race in Tuscany, Central Italy, starting and finishing in Siena. First held in 2007, it is raced annually on the first or second Saturday of March. The name Strade Bianche (Italian for White Roads) stems from the historic white gravel roads in the Crete Senesi, which are a defining feature of the race. One third of the total race distance is raced on dirt roads, covering 63 km of strade bianche, spread over 11 sectors.

Despite its short history, the Strade Bianche has quickly gained prestige. The event is part of the UCI World Tour, cycling’s highest level of professional road races. It is organized by RCS Sport – La Gazzetta dello Sport, and is held the weekend before Tirreno–Adriatico as an early spring precursor to the cobbled classics in April.

The Boxer Sportive 66 Miles – South Lakes Cycling

“THE BOXER” SPORTIVE – SOUTH LAKES 66 MILE LOOP

Come and ride among the foothills of this famous region, now with World Heritage Status. Something for all tastes await – traffic free lanes, remote valleys, welcoming villages, seaside promenades and a breath-taking view over Morecambe Bay to finish.

Your day starts by following the Lune cycle-way and heading through Halton village before a short, sharp climb that gains the quiet road that heads north and towards The Lakes.
Traffic free lanes then lead to a short section of quiet A road through Burton in Kendal and continues over the busy A65 at a roundabout. After a short distance, deserted country lanes are rejoined and then followed around the large Cumbrian town of Kendal.

Your route joins and follows the A road that heads to Shap for a short way before descending to cross the hidden River Sprint and following the remote lanes that lead to Staveley village, with its toilets and our well stocked feedstation.

Once through the village you will head south on remote lanes through several villages and head across the busy A6 towards the coast at Arnside.

You will then turn your back on the coast and head inland through the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that we ride most, to pass through our home town of Carnforth and back up to the surrounding hillsides. Here you can savour the memorable view across Morecambe Bay and the distant Cumbrian Fells before dropping back down to event HQ.

Distance –
106 km / 66 miles

Ascent –
1 335 m / 4380 ft

Event HQ –
Lancaster Park & Ride car park, Caton Road, Lancaster, LA2 9HG (M6 junc 34)

White Horse Sportive – Yorkshire Cycling

The White Horse is a fine way to end your Sportive Season.

With three distance options, there is something to suit all abilities. From the 26mile short route with one “challenge” climb, the Medium route with some major hills and the long route which tackles both Carlton and White Horse Bank. The routes are all really well designed and though the distances are not overly long there are no sections which are just there to get from A to B. Every mile is on beautiful North Yorkshire country roads with great views, breathtaking views and hardly a car in sight.

As well as the climbs we enjoy some fast and challenging descents and some great sections which are our personnel favourites but hardly known by local riders. The medium and long enjoy a brilliant 15mile section from the White Horse to Osmotherley, roads you won’t know well but will do soon!

Everyone arrives back at the HQ with a real buzz, as we twist through the empty lanes with only cyclists in sight we’ll be lost in what a wonderful route the White Horse is and how enjoyable riding these roads in a Velo29 Event really can be.

White Horse Sportive
25 September 2021
HQ Laurence Jackson School
TS14 6RD

Routes:

Short
Ride Stats
Distance: 59.2km
Elevation: 515m
Ride Time: – Start: 08:30 – 08:45
Price: £25

Medium
Ride Stats
Distance: 111.9km
Elevation: 1582m
Ride Time
Start: 08:00 – 08:30
Price: £30

Long
Ride Stats
Distance: 139km
Elevation: 2099m
Ride Time: –
Start Time: 07:30 – 08:00
Price: £35

Fred Whitton Challenge Sportive – Lakes Cycling

The Fred Whitton Challenge is one of the most popular sportives in the UK and is also famed as being particularly difficult. Dubbed ‘The Daddy of them all’ by Cycling Weekly, riders rank it alongside European events such as the Marmotte in terms of difficulty. The ride is a real challenge and everyone who completes it has a true sense of achievement. The Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge is a charity event in honour of the late Fred Whitton who was a great advocate for cycle sport in Cumbria and North Lancashire. It is with respect to Fred and his ideals that the event remains just that, ‘a challenge’.

The Fred Whitton Challenge consists of a 113 mile sportive around the Lake District, now a World Heritage Site. Starting at Grasmere and taking in climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott, Wrynose and Blea Tarn passes.

The very top riders complete the route in just under six hours but eleven hours and over are not uncommon for the average Sportive rider. This is a very tough route and going on rider feedback the hardest one day ride in the UK, the event includes all the Lakeland passes, one with a 30% gradient and this comes at 98 miles.

Ride Vyking Sportive for Action Medical Research – Yorkshire Cycling

CHANNEL YOUR INNER VYKING
Vykings assemble for this brand new Yorkshire bike ride in the grounds of Gilling Castle where the serene landscape will lull all into a false sense of security ahead of a less than gentle Sunday morning ride out.

This sportive promises a thigh-busting ride that will leave you gasping for breath as you take on 6473ft of gain on the longer route and 2999ft of gain on the shorter route.

Offering up our toughest sportive yet the Vyking charity bike ride takes in some of the most feared climbs in England. Alongside brutal ascents including Boltby Bank, the dreaded Rosedale Chimney will call on you to channel your inner Viking and summon up the power of Odin before attacking this top ten climb. With an average gradient of 13% and a maximum of 33%, it is the joint steepest paved road in England. This universally feared, chain-snapping, vicious, double hairpin stretch may only be 0.8m miles but the only ones amused by its one-in-three gradient will be the grazing sheep you’ll be dodging!

Alongside the brutal climbs, if you have time to look up, the routes offer miles of stunning views across Yorkshire as well as fantastic country lanes and roads through spectacular landscape.

Be a Vyking for the day with Action Medical Research on this charity cycle ride with first-class support throughout the day and help our fight for little lives.

CLASSIC ROUTE
58 Miles: £42.00
Registration: 7:15 – 8:15am
Start Time: 7:15 – 8:20am

CHAMPION ROUTE
101 Miles: £42.00
Registration: 6:30 – 7:15am
Start Time: 6:30 – 7:20am

VENUE
The imposing winged exterior of Gilling Castle provides an impressive backdrop to our toughest ride yet!

A castle has stood on this site since the 14th century and this brooding giant sets the tone for the epic challenge facing riders on our brand-new sportive. The sense of grandeur starts straightaway as we welcome riders in its impressive Great Hall.

FEED STATIONS
Our team of volunteers will be on hand to help refuel your ride.

With four feed stations serving up a selection of snacks and hot and cold drinks, we’re sure to have everything you need to refuel, replenish and get you back on the road. Feed stations can be found at:

Hawnby – Champion & Classic 23 miles
Westerdale – Champion 57 miles
Amotherby – Champion 84 miles, Classic 45 miles

KEY INFORMATION
Date: Sunday 19 September 2021
Location: Gilling Castle, Gilling East, York, YO62 4HP
Classic 58 Miles: £42.00
Champion 101 Miles: £42.00

Race the Sun Coniston (multisport MTB)- for Action Medical Research – Lakes Cycling

DAWN TO DUSK TRIPLE CHALLENGE
Take on an incredible team challenge journeying through majestic mountains of the beautiful Lake District National Park in this brand-new event featuring an off-road mountain biking section.

Push your limits to complete the course of mountain biking, kayaking, and hiking between dawn and dusk, racing the sun on this triathlon-style adventure charity fundraising challenge.

Due to exceptionally high demand, we have introduced this BRAND-NEW event in the Lake District, on Saturday 18 September 2021.

BIKE – HIKE – KAYAK
Challenge Day! You will wake early for a pre-challenge breakfast before teams of four begin the adventure with the bike section up the hill and into Grizedale Forest. The circuit in the forest is one of the Lake District’s most famous mountain biking locations. You can guarantee you will be well tested on the forest tracks before descending back to Coniston.

Next up is the steep, thigh-bursting trek to the summit of the Old Man of Coniston, a classic Lake District mountain looming over the surrounding countryside at 803 metres above sea level.

The final section sees you challenge yourself to a circular kayak loop on Coniston Water (no canoe experience or equipment necessary) before you finish this incredible challenge and celebrate your achievements with your medal, a drink on us and a well-deserved bite to eat!

With awards for first, second, and third fastest teams, as well as fastest all-female, mixed, and ‘Golden Oldies’ (teams with a combined age of 200+) and the all-important best team spirit, there’s a reason for everyone to keep pushing right until the very end!

Please note that there will be an obligatory safety briefing the evening before (Friday 17 September), where you will register, be given your start time, a full briefing on everything to expect, as well as an opportunity to meet other teams and ask any burning questions.

All precise routes and distances are subject to weather conditions on the day.

Date: Saturday 18 September 2021
Location: Coniston, Lake District, Cumbria
Team Registration Fee: £195
Team Fundraising Target: £1,800

EVENT INCLUDES
Food and drink
Celebration meal, beer and bubbly
Event t-shirt
Medal
Free parking
Safety briefing
Bike mechanics
GPX route files
Timing tracker
Kayak equipment
Marshals and signage

The Bealach Mor 90 Miles – Scotland Cycling

The Bealach is the UK’s biggest road climb with an ascent of 626m from sea level in just 10km. It is set in a fabulous unspoilt landscape with outstanding views of the sea and hills. The Applecross Peninsula is renowned as a gem in Scotland’s crown of natural wonders. The idea of a sportive belongs to local cycling legend Clifford Davidson.

The event was first run in the summer of 2006 and it was immediately obvious that had captured the imagination of cyclists of all standards. Shortly after, due to demand, we introduced a 2nd shorter option which also included the opportunity to climb the big one! Bealach Mor retains the original route of 90 miles and the Bealach Beag introduced a shorter distance of 43 miles.

BEALACH MOR ROUTE AND ROAD CLOSURE

144KM

2,100 M OF ASCENT

The route will take you east from Kinlochewe near beautiful Loch Maree to the wide canvass of Achnasheen and its surrounding hills. From there you head south on a fine new road down through Glen Carron to the sea at picturesque Lochcarron. Things get tough now as the road swings sharply upward for the main climb to Bealach-na-Ba. The section of road from Tornapress up the Bealach and down to Applecross campsite is closed for the event.

The route will take you east from Kinlochewe near beautiful Loch Maree to the wide canvass of Achnasheen and its surrounding hills. From there you head south on a fine new road down through Glen Carron to the sea at picturesque Lochcarron. Things get tough now as the road swings sharply upward for the main climb to Bealach-na-Ba. The section of road from Tornapress up the Bealach and down to Applecross campsite is closed for the event.

The reward is great as a massive vista over the west coast and the Isle of Skye opens before you as you plunge down to sea level again at Applecross. The hard work is not over as the next section around the north of the peninsula has hardly any flat as it clings to the coast, past rocky cliffs and sandy coves. Finally you pass through the charming village of Sheildaig nestling in the shelter of its loch and the final section begins. Weary legs will be revived through rugged Glen Torridon overshadowed by the massive craggy bulk of Liatach and its sisters on the famous ridge. Finally, relief is at hand with a gentle descent back to the finish at Kinlochewe.

There will be a timing station at the bottom of the Bealach and another at the top. If you want your time on the climb recorded and be eligible to compete to become the Highlands answer to Chris Froome you must stop and ‘dib’ at both!

Beyond Yorkshire Sportive – Yorkshire Cycling

BEYOND YORKSHIRE SPORTIVE

Yorkshire is home to outstanding scenery, great castles, abbeys and a breathtakingly peaceful atmosphere.

Each route will weave through stunning, massively varied scenery and historical landscapes creating an experience to be remembered.

This is a great ride to give a varied profile, some ups, plenty of downs and spectacular Yorkshire scenery.

 

With aid stations and on course support, you ride, we will help you finish.

Starting and finishing just on the outskirts of Wetherby at Wetherby racecourse.

Come join us for a smile that will last for weeks.

YORKSHIRE SPORTIVE:

All routes will start and finish at Wetherby racecourse and we have tried to make the whole route as open and free flowing as we could.

The event centre location is at

Wetherby racecourse

  • Free parking (Parking is next to the event centre and registration)
  • Toilets (portaloos)
  • Pre and Post event massage (Fee payable).
  • Hot and Cold drinks and small snacks (Fee payable)

We will have the finest coffee house serving Hot drinks, snacks, please bring some change as we are not sure about the mobile networks for card payments.

ROUTES AVAILABLE:

LONG ROUTE 160 km or 100 Miles

MEDIUM ROUTE 101 km or 62 Miles

SHORT ROUTE 58 km or 36 Miles

 

Tour O The Borders – Scotland Cycling

Welcome to the Tour O The Borders, a top class, closed road sportive which takes you through stunning scenery on beautiful Borders roads.
About this Event
Tour O The Borders powered by Pirelli is a cycle sportive in the Scottish Borders. Tour O The Borders takes place on closed roads, meaning no traffic whatsoever, and offers two route lengths;

The Full Route – 120km/74 miles
The Challenge Route – 88.8km/56miles
With mile after mile of spectacular scenery, some of the best road cycling terrain in Scotland, and the inclusion of the famous Talla Wall climb, our route is truly a classic.

It’s a cracking day on the bike!

We’re confident this is the best value-for-money closed road sportive in the country, and it’s 100% organised by local riders.

Ticket Options
We offer two different ticket options for each distance;

– Postal Entry

Our postal entry ticket ensures that your rider pack will be sent out to you in advance so all you need to do on event day is ride your bike! This option is an additional £10 and you must select the ticket titled ‘POSTAGE INCLUDED…’ and that for the distance you wish to complete.

– Standard

Our standard entry ticket means you will need to register in person on Saturday 4 September 2021 at Event HQ. So, if you can’t make that you will need to opt for postal.

– Team Kidney Entry

Join Team Kidney and help put the brakes on kidney disease. You’ll need to raise a minimum of £250 in sponsorship for the charity. In return you’ll get your Tour O The Borders entry for £40 as well as; – A Kidney Research UK cycling jersey – A fundraising pack full of tips and ideas – Support from Kidney Research UK every step of the way – Regular updates to inspire your training and fundraising – Encouragement from Team Kidney across the event weekend – A Kidney Research UK medal and certificates.

Please note this does not include postage of your ride pack in advance of the event, you must register in person on Saturday 5th September.

What you get for your money;
– A fantastic closed road ride including some of the UK’s best cycling country and awesome scenery

– Great feed stations on the route with a variety of locally-made treats, including some fantastic cake and Forsyth’s famous macaroni pies

– The best electronic chip timing system, results texted to you soon after finish

– Official souvenir for all finishers

– Mechanical support before and during the event

– Comprehensive first aid and safety provision around the course

– Water and toilet stops where you’ll most likely need them (we’re riders too!)

– A sweeper vehicle and tech/service support on course