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 Mary Holden.
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 Mary Holden.
Mix96 Tour de Vale Charity Bike Ride Sunday 9th June 2019 https://www.wheelpower.org.uk/events/mix96-tour-de-vale-bike-ride (Online entry open) Buckinghamshire’s biggest and best charity bike ride with three glorious routes that start and finish at Stoke Mandeville Stadium and will take you out into beautiful countryside of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Each route offers water stops and is equipped with marshals, first aid and support vehicles for your safety. With the 2,000 capacity expected to sell out, cyclists will be urged to enter early to avoid disappointment. Organised by the charity WheelPower and every pound raised will help them continue their vital work at Stoke Mandeville Stadium and beyond.
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.
Wiggle Bournemouth Sportive Sunday 10th June 2019 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.
Samaritans Cycle Sportive Saturday 29th June 2019 https://www.samaritanscycle.com/ The sportive has 3 routes; 20, 50 & 80 miles and is firmly established as one of the best value sportive events in the Chilterns. With all proceeds going to the Chiltern Samaritans. All entrants completing any of the 3 routes will receive a free glass of local Ale, a free burger, a shiny medal and during the ride, enjoy wonderful free feed stations with chipped timing.
Wallingford Festival of Cycling 12th and 14th July 2019 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!
Dunwich Dynamo Night Ride 13th July 2019 https://www.sportive.com/events/dunwich-dynamo-2019/2019-07-13/4101/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 UK Sportive Sunday 14th July 2019 https://www.letapeuk.co.uk/ On our doorstep with the start/finish at Penn House, Amersham, HP7 0PS and taking in the Chilterns. L’Etape UK is the official Tour de France Sportive in the UK with a Tour Fan Village where you will be able to enjoy live Tour de France on the Big Screen, French and local food and drink and activities for all ages. The open roads route has options of 161 km, 109 km or 52 km and includes a Classic Ride for pre 1987 bicycles along with best bike and best dressed. The event also includes the Chiltern 100, one of the clubs favorite rides.
L'Etape du Tour 21st July 2019 http://www.letapedutour.com/en (Sold out) Around 15,000 riders have signed up! You may still stand a chance, if you click the link there are charity and tour operator places available. For the 29th edition of l’Étape du Tour the route is from Albertville to Val Thorens the same as the 20th stage of the Tour de France. With a distance of 135 kilometres and a total positive altitude difference of 4,563 metres! It's a tough one.
Prudential Ride London Sportive 4th August 2019 https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/events/100/entries/ballot/ (Ballot closed, charity places available) 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.
Eroica Britannia Sunday 18th August 2019 http://eroicabritannia.co.uk/ (Sold out) For 2019 Eroica is a one day 65 mile ride only. Spaces are limited to 500 riders and bikes/kit are strictly pre 1987 only. Start and finish is in Bakewell, Derbyshire and the event will be professionally filmed and documented. Ride places will go on sale late February 2019 and will be on a first come first served basis.
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.
Chiltern Classics Reliability Rides Jan, Feb & March 2019 https://www.hemelcycling.org.uk/chiltern-classics Six reliability rides and all on our doorstep. All the rides offer varying length routes from 50 km to 100+ km. These rides are a great way of keeping fitness going over the winter & spring months. They are all organised by local cycling clubs so show your support by signing up. This year BCC will be holding our own event on Sunday 10th March from Musette, Aldbury... click here for more details.
Harp Hilly 100 20th January 2019 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. Click here for 2019 pictures as BCC win the shield for the 5th year!
Chilterns Wildwood CX Sportive 10th February 2019 http://www.cxsportive.com/events/woodcote-wildwood-cx/ (Online entry open) 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.
Sigma Sports Suffolk Spring Classic 30th March 2019 https://www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/events/suffolk-spring-classic-cycling-sportive/ (Online entry open) 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 event has 84 mile, 64 mile and 30 mile options with a new route for 2019.
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.
Mallorca 312 27th April 2019 http://www.mallorca312.com/ Click here for photos of the 2019 event. 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.
DENS Hemel Hillbuster Sportive Sunday 28th April 2019 https://www.dens.org.uk/events/hemel_hillbuster_e45.html Click here for photos of the 2019 event. 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.
Etape Loch Ness 28th April 2019 http://www.etapelochness.com/ (Online entry open) 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 28th April 2019 https://www.riderhq.com/events/78476/cycle-derby-sportive-spring-classic-0 (Online entry open) 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.
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/ (2019 Rider list available) 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/ (Click here for online entry via British Cycling) 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 6th and 7th June 2020 https://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.