NEW 2019 DATES ADDED
Riders from Berkhamsted Cycling Club took part in a number of sportives in 2018 and we will continue this in 2019. Riders of all abilities had a fantastic time and, for 2019, we are focusing on the sportives listed below. Not all of them are strictly sportives (notably The Harp Hilly 100 and Westerley Warmer reliability ride, Dunwich Dynamo and Eroica Britannia festival) but they are events that the club will be entering. The list isn't exhaustive and we welcome other ideas and suggestions from club members.
If you're not sure what a sportive involves click here for a good overview penned by our sportive officer.
The club does have it's favourites that will be well supported and these are highlighted with a magnifying glass. The other sportives are club member recommendations where riders have registered for the event.
For more information on the sportives click on the link or image and for details of club riders that are interested or plan to ride them please click here to send an email to our Sportives Officer Mike Plowman.
Nine of the best sportives in Europe 2019 https://www.redbull.com/au-en/best-cycling-sportives-in-europe Red Bull have complied a 'selection of very best sportives you can do in Europe' and BCC plan to enter a few of them in 2019. If you would like to join similar minded club members and venture further afield click here to send an email to our Sportives Officer Mike Plowman.
Harp Hilly 100 27th January 2019 (date TBC) http://www.harphillyhundred.org.uk/ The Harp Hilly Hundred Reliability Ride is a popular early season training ride organised by the Harp Road Club, it has been run every year since its inception in 1954. Recognised as one of the harder reliability rides in the area, because of the unrelenting terrain through the Chilterns. BCC has won the HH100 shield for the largest number on club riders finishing the 100km route for the past 4 years (since the clubs formation) and we plan to win it again for 2019. The club has experienced all ability riders so rest assured you will be well looked after.
Chilterns Wildwood CX Sportive February 2019 (date TBC) http://www.cxsportive.com/events/woodcote-wildwood-cx/ This sportive is more suited to CX, Gravel or MTB's as around 40% of it is either farm track, bridleway or single track; but that's what makes it more fun! Starting in Woodcote, RG8 0QY (1 hr drive from Berko) with route options of 80 km, 60 km or 40 km taking in areas south of the Thames and then back north to the Chilterns. Six BCC riders entered in 2018 and had a great time. It would be great if more of you came along. See you there!
Chilterns Cycle Challenge Rennie Grove Sportive (date TBC) http://www.renniegrove.org/support/our-events/chilternscycle It’s almost that time of year to throw on your cycling gear, breathe in that fresh spring air and join Rennie Grove Hospice Care for The Chilterns Cycle Challenge. In 2017, five hundred cyclists cruised across the Chilterns, altogether raising over £28,000 in sponsorship. Route options are 75 miles and 35 miles.
Wiggle Spring Saddle Sportive 24th March 2019 (date TBC) https://www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/events/wiggle-spring-saddle-sportive/ The heritage of the humble saddle is strong around the Newmarket area – albeit with a different type of riding as this sportive leads out from The Adnam’s July Course of Newmarket Racecourses. Much like a horse racing course, the route is filled with flat and consistent terrain. The route has 100 mile, 70 mile and 40 mile options.
The BuckingHam Sportive 7th April 2019 (date TBC) https://www.purplepatchrunning.com/ The BuckingHam is one not to be missed! Rolling along quiet country lanes, passing through picturesque country villages and tackling some early season climbs. Cycling through the Aylesbury Vale offers the chance for some beautiful scenery on quiet, undulating country roads. Start location is The Buckingham School, London Rd, Buckingham, MK18 1AT with route options of 60 miles or 40 miles.
Hemel Hillbuster Sportive 21st April 2019 (date TBC) https://www.dens.org.uk/events/the_hemel_hillbuster The Hemel Hillbuster is in support of DENS (Action Against Homelessness) and will start and finish in Hemel Hempstead. All routes take on the undulating and scenic Chilterns with it's beautiful scenery. The route has 100 km and 60 km options.
Mallorca 312 27th April 2019 http://www.mallorca312.com/ (Online entry open) A number of members are interested in taking part in the 10th Anniversary Mallorca 312 Sportive. Anyone else up for this iconic challenge? As the name suggests, the main event is 312km (or 195 miles) of tough mountainous terrain, and to make it that bit harder you are against the clock. Yes, with a cut off time of 14 hours a minimum pace of 22kph needs to be maintained throughout. So for many this means minimal stops for photos, little time relaxing in the feed stations and a huge emphasis on getting fuelling right. There are also 225km & 167km route options.
Etape Loch Ness 28th April 2019 http://www.etapelochness.com/(Register interest now) A cycle sportive taking place around iconic Loch Ness offering the chance to cycle 66 miles / 106 km around the loch on traffic free roads. The 360° closed road route around the world famous loch, starting and finishing in the Highland capital of Inverness, offers a fantastic challenge with unrivaled scenery on closed roads so whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a newcomer looking for your first sportive, this could be the event for you.
Cycle Derby Spring Classic Sportive 29th April 2019 (date TBC) http://www.huubevents.com/events/cycle-derby-sportive-spring-classic-2018/ The sportive takes riders through the countryside of South Derbyshire and Staffordshire. With three distances on offer (40 km, 80 km and 160 km) the routes cater for all ages and abilities. Feed stations will be stocked with the usual goodies and nutritional supplies, with a hot meal and drink provided when you cross the finish line. There is also the option to enter the North Derbyshire Challenge later in the year (date TBC).
Tour de Yorkshire Sportive 5th May 2019 http://letour.yorkshire.com/maserati-tour-de-yorkshire-ride (Online entry open) The Tour de Yorkshire Ride offers a unique mix of Tour de France delivery combined with Yorkshire hospitality and beauty resulting in a sportive dream day. Taking place on the 3rd and final day of the Tour de Yorkshire, this is your chance to ride many of the same roads as the pros before they do. Route options are 100 km, 75 km or 45 km. The 2019 UCI World Road Championships are also expected to take place on the same route as the sportive.
Velo Birmingham 12th May 2019 https://velobirmingham.com/ (Online entry open) In the heart of Birmingham, 15,000 cyclists will line up to start their unforgettable 100 mile CLOSED ROAD route, taking them through the picturesque Worcestershire and Herefordshire countryside before returning to Birmingham with 1,998 meters (6,555 feet) of climbing, it’s a challenging and undulating sportive.
The Fred Whitton 12th May 2019 http://www.fredwhittonchallenge.co.uk/ (Entry open from 1st Dec 2018) The Fred Whitton Challenge consists of a 112 mile sportive around the Lake District, starting at Grasmere and taking in climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott & Wrynose passes. The ride is a real challenge and everyone who completes it has a true sense of achievement. This is a very tough route and one of (if not the) hardest one day ride in the UK. For the Ride with GPS route click here.
Ride Chartridge Sportive 19th May 2019 http://live.ridechartridge.com/ (Online entry open soon) The Ride Chartridge sportive is an excellent way to cycle The Chilterns. Run by cyclists, for cyclists it offers the absolute best experience including an excellent HQ, a well-signed, scenic route and a well-stocked lunch stop. Sponsored by Lovelo Cycle Works. At the finish there will be refreshments and entertainment for the whole family so please bring supporters. The route has 120 km, 100 km, 50 km (includes under 16's) and 16 km (for all the family) options.
Tour of Cambridgeshire Sportive 1st to 2nd June 2019 http://www.tourofcambridgeshire.com/ (Online entry open) The UK's only fully closed road UGFWS Gran Fondo and UGFWS Chrono event. The Tour Of Cambridgeshire is unlike any other mass participation event in the UK. Uniquely the event caters for everyone whether you are an elite racer, an athletic sports rider, a challenge rider, or just out to test yourself in a more leisurely way. Route options are 120 km or 88 km.
Dragon Ride Sportive 9th June 2019 http://humanrace.co.uk/event/dragon-ride/ (Online entry open) Human Race and ASO bring you Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales by Le Tour de France! As one of the most iconic sportives in the UK (returning for its 16th year in 2019), Dragon Ride has been selected by ASO as the perfect representation of the world’s most famous cycle event, and will offer the same inspiring Le Tour de France riding experience to UK cyclists. Route options are 305 km, 230 km, 153 km or 100 km.
Eroica Britannia June 2019 (date TBC) http://eroicabritannia.co.uk/ Make no mistake, Eroica Britannia is a challenge. While the 3 day weekend Festival is all about good times The Ride is not a fancy dress procession. Located at Friden Grange in Bakewell. Bring your bike, the family, the dog. You don't need an old bike to ride but it is in keeping. Highly recommended. Route options are 100 miles, 55 miles or 25 miles. Saturday night headline act is yet to be announced but it will be a classic!
Wiggle Bournemouth Sportive June 2019 (date TBC) https://www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/events/wiggle-bournemouth-sportive/ This ride explores the captivating countryside and surrounding scenery throughout the counties of Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire. Balancing quiet rural roads that flow through meadows and woodland and packing in three testing climbs, this all-round sportive offers something for every type of rider. Route options are 100 miles, 65 miles and 30 miles.
Wallingford Festival of Cycling July 2019 (date TBC) http://www.wallingfordfestivalofcycling.co.uk/ Featuring 50 km and 100 km route sportives around Oxfordshire’s beautiful countryside through picturesque villages and tackle the ups and downs of the Chilterns. The festival also includes family events, Go-ride childrens events, novice and elite road racing. Well worth a visit and only 1 hours drive from Berkhamsted!
L'Etape du Tour July 2019 (date TBC) http://www.letapedutour.com/en (Entries open 29th October) The route of L'Etape du Tour will be announced on 25th October and it's sure to be a tough one. Around 10,000 riders are expected to take part on closed roads. One not to miss!
Velothon Wales Sportive July 2019 (date TBC) http://velothon.ironman.com/events/velothon-wales.aspx Combining a closed road sportive alongside a UCI sanctioned professional race, the 2019 Velothon Wales promises to deliver a truly spectacular cycling event. Taking in some of Wales' most breathtaking scenery and starts and ends in the very heart of Cardiff. Route options are 140 km or 110 km.
Chiltern 100 Cycling Festival July 2019 (date TBC) http://www.chilterncyclingfestival.com/ (Pre-register for 2019) One of the highest rated major sportives in the UK and for 2019 combines the '100 Sportive' with the Cycling festival . The challenging landscape of the Chilterns means that the 172km, 109km and 52km (which also incorporates the women-only Cycletta wave and the Amersham Classic for vintage bikes) routes are as testing as they are stunning. The event location is Penn House, Amersham, HP7 0PS.
Prudential Ride London Sportive July 2019 (date TBC) https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/events/100/entries/ballot/ (Enter the ballot) There is no other closed-road event like it that combines the fun and accessible element of a free family ride in central London with the excitement of watching the world’s best professional cyclists race in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic and Prudential RideLondon Classique. Route options are 100 mile or 46 mile.
Dunwich Dynamo Night Ride July 2019 (date TBC) http://www.sportive.com/events/dunwich-dynamo-xxvi/2018-07-28/3611/cycling Definitely not a sportive, the Dunwich Dynamo is nevertheless one of the 'must ride' events of the summer calendar for many cyclists. 2019 sees the 27th edition of the annual 200 km night ride from London Fields (8pm start) in Hackney to Dunwich on the Suffolk Coast for a dip in the sea and a pint or two!
L'Etape London Sportive October 2019 (date TBC) http://humanrace.co.uk/event/letape-london/ Starting at Lee Valley Velo Park L’Etape London by Le Tour de France brings the glamour of the Tour de France to the capital, following sister event the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride. The open roads route for the event takes in much of Stage Three of the 2014 Tour de France route. Route options are 185.5 km, 147 km or 79 km.
Grandfondo Rome 13th October 2019 http://www.granfondoroma.com/en/index.php For the more adventurous rider there is the Roma Grandfondo with a spectacular backdrop in the shadow of the Colosseum and breath-taking scenery. Routes vary from 75 mile to 40 miles and include mini-fondo for children. There is also a cycle village at the Terme di Caracalla which opens 2 days before the fondo. Well worth a visit.