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!
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
18th – The Wiltshire Classic
25th – Burn 6 Bath Adventure Race
25th – Beyond Sussex Sportive
26th – Spring Onion
26th – The Yorkshire Classic
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
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 – Struggle Dales
14th – The Grange Spa Sportive
20th – Beyond Lincolnshire Sportive
20th – Way of the Roses in a Day
20th – The Jurassic Classic
21st – Beast to the East Sportive
28th – Ford RideLondon-Essex
3rd – The Chilterns Classic
4th – Pedal Pushers
11th – TRANSPLANT SPORTive
18th – Dragon Ride
25th – The South Downs Classic
1st – The Magnificat Tour
1st – The Wales Sportive
2nd – Struggle Moors
9th – Tour of Silchester
14th – London to Amsterdam
15th – The Mendips Classic
22nd – Wadworth Brewery Sportive
22nd – Galloway ReCycle Sportive
29th – The Ochil Hills Classic
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 – Tour de Mon
23rd – Winchester Sporterium
26th – Vale Brewery Sportive
27th – Devon Grit
1st – London to Amsterdam
1st – Palace to Palace
2nd – The Peaks Tour
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
1st – Moor to Sea
22nd – The Wye Valley Classic
29th – The Kent Classic
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 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.
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.