Ride round-up: Plan your summer's events!
Wet your whistle for some big-ticket rides with our guide to what's coming up
Castle Combe Cycling Festival & Severn Bridge Sportive - June 2
Ride over one of the most spectacular bridges in the country as part of the Severn Bridge Sportive.
100km and 100 mile routes mean there's something for most ridesrs, and both take in the Severn Bridge and wend into Wales before heading back over the Severn Bridge and back to Castle Combe Circuit. The Circuit is open for family rides during the day and so riders can be joined by friends and family for the last 3km of the Sportive route.
Details: Severn Bridge Sportive - 100km and 100 mile routes. Both start and finish on the internationalrace circuit at Castle Combe. The Circuit will be open during the day for family rides. Friends and family can join the Sportive riders as they take on the 3km circuit for the last stretch to the finish.
Advance ticket prices:
Severn Bridge Sportive: £28.00
Castle Combe Cycling Festival (family ticket) plus Severn Bridge Sportive (1 rider): £38.00
Castle Combe Cycling Festival (family ticket): £15
How to book: www.castlecombecyclingfestival.co.uk
Malvern Spring Sportive - May 12
The Malvern Spring Sportive is an all-new event for 2013 that combines the fun of a sportive with a day out for the rest of the family. Taking place at the Three Counties Showground, and running as part of the annual Gardening Show, this offers a 100km and 160km route and riders will not need to decide what route they’re doing until they get to the split point on the day - meaning you'll get a chance to see how your legs are feeling on the day.
To enter simply visit www.malvernspringsportive.co.uk and follow the 'enter now' link - on the entry confirmation page, enter the discount code 'veloevents' and it will knock £10 off the entry price.
Normal entry price is £24.50 and also includes free entry into the Gardening Show.
Abergavenny Festival of Cycling 2013 and the Iron Mountain Sportif - July 13
Now in its seventh year the Iron Mountain Sportif is offering two new options for 2013 - a shorter 50 mile sportive and a leisure ride of 19 miles - perfect if you're bringing along friends and family. The 100 mile route, leaving from Abergavenny Rugby Club, features the legendary Iron Mountain - not for the faint-hearted.
The 100m ride costs £33 to enter, the 50 miler £25 and the leisure ride £10. Places can be booked here.
Willow Bike Challenge 2013 - July 21
The second Willow Bike Challenge will take place on Sunday 21 July 2013 -- with special guest Paralympic Gold medallist, Mark Colbourne on hand for top tips and inspiration.
The Willow Challenge, which raises money for special days out for seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds is a circular bike ride, starting and finishing in Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage. You can choose distances of 100, 60 and 30 miles through the picturesque Hertfordshire countryside.
This year, Willow will provide its 10,000th Special Day for young adults living with life-threatening conditions including cancer, motor neurone disease, cystic fibrosis and Huntington’s disease.
Entry fees: £25 for over 18s or £12.50 for 12-17 year olds.
Click here for more info and booking options.
Etape du Sussex - June 23
Choose from three routes at this year's Etape du Sussex: the Classic Route, at 87 miles, the Challenge Route at 60 miles, or the Tour Route at 47 miles. All routes start off relatively flat in Burgess Hill, before heading into the Ashdown Forest area where most of the major hills for all three routes reside. Some great descents are available too, most notably on Kidds Hill.
Click here to enter: it's £30 and includes a free Continental 700c race inner tube.
Dartmoor Debutante and Dartmoor Classic - June 23
Solely for those ladies those who ride bikes occasionally, or have only recently taken up the pastime, the Dartmoor Debutante has been launched alongside the Dartmoor Classic, providing a perfect incentive to get together on bikes.
The Debutante will start at 08:30, immediately after the main field of 3000 participants leave Newton Abbot Racecourse, on their Classic rides of 107 or 67 miles. The Debutante will be over a much shorter route of 34 miles and a friendlier capacity of 200.
The course will take in Bovey Tracey, the newly opened traffic-free cycle path to Lustleigh, on to Moretonhampstead, where a feeding station will be positioned, and then the climb to Doccombe village before a return via the picturesque Teign Valley.
Entry to The Debutant costs £15, while the Classic is £29 in advance or £40 on the day. Click here to enter.