Cycling events and Sportive Calendar 2023

Written By UK Fitness Events

Welcome to the UK Fitness Events Sportive Calendar! We have compiled a great list of cycling events and sportives in the UK taking place and created the informative Sportive Calendar for 2023. Organised by date order, scroll down to find your perfect race!

Jump to our sportive calendar list below

Bike Events

There are a lot of ways to get into cycling, and finding some local events can help you enjoy the sport, keep fit and meet new friends. Whether you’ve cycled all your life or you’re just starting out, we’ll take you through some of the basics you’ll need to know to get the most out of your cycling adventures.

Bike Rides Near Me

If you would like to take part in a charity bike ride we have plenty for you to choose from, just look at our events near the top of the page.

UK Cycling and Sportive Calendar 2023

March 2023

4th – The Cambridgeshire Classic

18th – The Wiltshire Classic

25th – Burn 6 Bath Adventure Race

25th – Beyond Sussex Sportive

26th – Spring Onion

26th – Cotswold Cross Endurance Sportive

26th – The Yorkshire Classic

April 2023

15th – The New Forest Classic – Saturday

16th – The New Forest Classic – Sunday

16th – Tour of the Worthys

16th – Haldon Heroic

22nd – Southampton Sporterium

22nd – Beyond Somerset Sportive

23rd – The Boxford Tornado Sportive

23rd – Etape Loch Ness

23rd – The Suffolk Spring Classic

29th – Ride the Night London

29th – The St Ives Brewery Sportive

30th – Taunton Flyer

May 2023

5th – Muck n’ Mac Fest

7th – Pearson Steeplechase

13th – The Surrey Hills Classic

13th – Beyond Cotswold Sportive

14th – Etape Caledonia

14th – West Kent Bike Ride

14th – Newark Castle 100

14th – Davina’s Big Sussex Bike Ride

14th – Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery Sportive

14th – Struggle Dales

14th – Goldrush Gravel Bike Sportive

14th – The Grange Spa Sportive

20th – Beyond Lincolnshire Sportive

20th – Way of the Roses in a Day

20th – The Jurassic Classic

20th – Towcester Mill Brewery Sportive

21st – Beast to the East Sportive

28th – Continental Welsh Wild West Sportive

28th – Ford RideLondon-Essex

June 2023

3rd – Shropshire Cycle Sportive

3rd – The Chilterns Classic

4th – Pedal Pushers

7th – London to Amsterdam with Skyline

8th – Birmingham Property Cycle

10th – Beyond New Forest Sportive 100

10th – BHF London to Brighton Bike Ride


18th – Dragon Ride

25th – The South Downs Classic

27th – Tune Up Tuesday (Virtual Event)

30th – The Long Course Weekend in Wales

July 2023

1st – The Magnificat Tour

1st – The Wales Sportive

1st – Holiday Inn Huntingdon Race Charity Cycle

2nd – Struggle Moors

8th – Dartmoor Legend Leggero & Mezzofondo

8th – Dartmoor Legend Ultra Sportive

9th – Vittoria Mountain Bike Marathon

9th – Tour of Silchester

14th – London to Amsterdam

15th – The Mendips Classic

22nd – Wadworth Brewery Sportive

22nd – Galloway ReCycle Sportive

23rd – The Solway Coast Cycle Sportive

29th – The Ochil Hills Classic

30th – 200 Series – London to Cardiff

August 2023

1st – Salcombe Cyclo Ride

8th – Dartmoor Legend

11th – Wild Goat Festival

13th – Brewdog Ride Out Sportive

19th – The Cotswolds Classic

20th – Hook Norton Brewery Sportive

20th – Helmsley Hillman Road Bike Sportive

20th – Tour de Mon

23rd – Winchester Sporterium

26th – Vale Brewery Sportive

26th – The 200 Series – Tour of Kent

27th – Devon Grit

September 2023

1st – London to Amsterdam

1st – Palace to Palace

2nd – The Peaks Tour

2nd – Wye Valley Brewery Sportive

3rd – Tour of the Candovers

7th – Ride Across Britain

9th – Bealach Mor

16th – The New Forest Tour

16th – Lands End 100

16th – Purity Brewing Co Sportive

30th – The Surrey Tour

October 2023

1st – Moor to Sea

22nd – The Wye Valley Classic

29th – The Kent Classic

November 2023

5th – Essex Season Ender

Types of UK Cycling Events in the Sportive Calendar

Depending on the type of exercise and challenge you want, there are many types of cycling events you can do, and there will definitely be one to fit your needs.

Road Race

Road races, as you can probably guess, take place on the roads. This means the surfaces will be smooth and speeds fast. There are some that will be quite flat, whereas others may challenge you with tricky uphill and downhill sections.

These can be done individually or as part of a team and can range in length from just a few miles to hundreds. Others may be time or lap based, where you can see how far you can go in a certain time.

The most famous of these is the Tour de France, which takes place across multiple locations across a number of weeks. Before jumping straight into something like that, check out our listings for local events to get you started.


Sportives are very similar to a road race – they usually take place on roads, and across smooth environments that are easy to ride on. The main difference is that a sportive is not a “race” in the traditional sense. Instead of being first past the line, there are no winners and everyone measures their success by completing the whole course within the time limit. Because of this, sportives attract a lot of cyclists as they are a bit more of a relaxed environment, with your only real competitor being yourself.

Off road

There are many types of off road cycling events, including mountain biking, BMX biking, cross country and downhill.

Off road cycling requires more technical ability than other types, as you will encounter many obstacles, fast paced cornering, and will need to brake often to keep the bike stable.

These types of courses can be anywhere – down hills and mountains, through forests and woods or on purpose built dirt tracks. They are tricky but exhilarating, and you won’t regret giving this type of event a go.


Cyclocross can best be described as a combination of all the above – the course normally includes road sections, wooded areas, dirt tracks and other obstacles.

There are also often sections where you will need to get off the bike and carry it around an obstacle before jumping back on and continuing with the race. Because of this variety, cyclocross has become very popular and there are now many different events that take place throughout the year that you can take part in.

We hope you enjoyed this blog, read more of our cycling guides and advice