The Raid Ventoux – September 4-6, 2015

The Raid VentouxThe Raid Ventoux was launched in January 2015 by the team who founded Just Pedal to provide organisation and access to some of the most iconic road cycling challenges in the world.


For 2015 that means trips to Alpe D’Huez, the Stelvio Pass and the legendary Mont Ventoux. The Raid reckons Mont Ventoux is ‘probably the most iconic climb in cycling. Respected and feared by some of the best cyclists in the world and on the ‘must do’ list of every amateur cycling fan.’ Nearly £700 for a long weekend is not cheap but looking at the ‘What’s Included’ list suggests a value for money trip of a lifetime. Here’s that list:


  • Fully supported ride of Mont Ventoux with routes for one, two or three ascents in a day
  • Offical ‘Cingle de Ventoux’ Carnet and entry into the ‘club cingle de Ventoux’ for all who complete three ascents
  • Exclusive Raid Ventoux Jersey
  • Two nights’ 3-star Hotel accommodation (Twin Share, Breakfast Included)
  • Transfer to/from Marseilles Airport or Avignon train station (flight/train not included)
  • Return luggage and bike transfer from the UK
  • Support from The Raid Ventoux expert domestiques, support drivers and mechanics. All first aid trained
  • Detailed stage info, maps, GPS data, and route profiles
  • All on-ride snacks and energy products
  • Trip photographer and full set of photos for all riders


Full details of the Raid Ventoux at


The Dunwich Doubler – September 5-6, 2015

The Dunwich DoublerFrom Revolution Events who brought you the Tour de (Norfolk) Broads and the Parsons Peddlar, comes the new Dunwich Doubler weekender. Set in the beautiful village of Dunwich in Suffolk there are three rides over the weekend.


Saturday and Sunday offer an 80mile ‘Epic Ride’, plus a ‘Challenge Ride’ of 25 miles on the Sunday, thus making sure there is something to suit everyone. Prices are £20 for the Epic and £12 for the Challenge and include one drink stop, one food and drink Stop and a finishers T-Shirt.


For the true ‘Doubler’ experience you can enter the Epic on both days for £70 and get extras including Tent & Pitch for Saturday night provided by the organisers, an evening meal on Saturday, breakfast on Sunday and access to showers and secure bike storage. There will also be a ‘unique Dunwich Doubler memorabilia just for you (announced soon)’ for everyone who completes the Doubler.


The Saturday route will take riders from the Suffolk ‘Sunrise Coast’ due west to Stowmarket and back via the historic town of Framlingham. On Sunday the ride takes a southern route to Felixstowe via Sutton Hoo and returns via the coastal Nature Reserve.


Full details of the Dunwich Doubler at


Roof of England Sportive – August 30, 2015

Roof of EnglandThe Roof of England Sportive is a new event for 2015 from the Roof of England Cycling Club, which aims to showcase the fabulous cycling countryside of the North Pennines. Separating The Lake District from the North East, the Pennines feature the highest roads in the country, with some of the most challenging climbs and dramatic descents.


The Roof of England Sportive comes in three flavours: The 143km ‘Winking Sheep’, 85km ‘Durham Dales’ and the 50km ‘Short Course’. The Winking Sheep features over 2,700 of climbing and all are £25 to enter.


The Roof of England Cycling Club, also promote a selection of free-to-ride courses throughout the Pennines as well as other practical information for cyclists visiting the area. The club is run by Cameron Gordon of the Chatterbox Café in St John’s Chapel, where visitors can hire bikes to explore the surrounding countryside.


According to Gordon the Roof of England Sportive is set to fill the void left by the closure of the Etape Pennines. ‘The Etape has gone and we have got some of the best cycling roads in the country so it would be a crying shame if we did not have our own event… We have got all the towns and villages on the route involved too – it’s going to be the ride of people’s lives.’


Full details on the Roof of England Sportive at


NSPCC Tour of the South East – June 6-7, 2015

NSPCC Tour of the South EastIf you’re looking for a little more of a challenge from your summer Sportive you might want to try the tough Tour of The South East.


Run in aid of the NSPPC, at 168miles the multi-stage event promises what the promoters call ‘the ultimate pro-rider experience’. Well you might argue that the South Downs can’t compare to the Alps but this two-day event is still certainly not for the faint hearted.


The first day features a 92mile loop from Guildford via the Devil’s Dyke and throws in a timed climb at Leith Hill, as seen in the 2012 Olympic Road Race. The second day again takes off from and returns to Guildford but via a different route, taking in the UK’s most picturesque vineyard, and also includes a time trial. The riders will be seeded in groups, escorted by motorcycle outriders and serviced by domestiques, with back up from an experienced crew of mechanics and soigneurs.


After 168miles and nearly 9,000ft of climbing the survivors of the NSPCC Tour of the South East can enjoy a ‘Yellow Jersey’ dinner with a yet to be announced ‘Special Guest Speaker’.


This is a serious fundraiser and prices reflect that. You can register and commit to a minimum fundraising target (£29 and £350 respectively) or ‘self fund’ for the full price of £139 and get a free jersey. One-day options and team packages are also available.


Places are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. You can find out more about the NSPCC Tour of the South East at and register here.


Wiggle Bournemouth Sportive – May 30, 2015

Wiggle Bournemouth SportiveThere are still a few places left in this weekend’s Wiggle Bournemouth Sportive. Set near the seaside town and running across Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire, the route strikes a balance between quiet roads, sublime scenery and the challenge of the three top quality climbs Win Green, Bulbarrow and Milton Abbas.


The Wiggle Bournemouth Sportive starts at Matchams Leisure Park near Ringwood in Hampshire, BH24 2BT at 07:45 on Sunday and features three rides to suit all levels. The Short route is 45miles with an elevation gain of 1,856ft, the Standard is 71miles and an elevation gain of 3,034ft and the Epic comes in at 99miles with 4,947ft of climb.


Support and facilities on the day include parking, mechanical support, rider public liability insurance and electronic chip timing. On the course there will be free energy drinks, snacks and emergency support. Post event you can enjoy the bike wash facilities and share the web results service with friends and family.


Prices are just £23 for the Short and £33 for Standard and Epic. Kids go free. Online booking closes on Wednesday so do it now to avoid disappointment!


Full details and online entry at


New Forest Rattler – August 16, 2015

New Forest RattlerOffering 47, 82 and 102mile routes the New Forest Rattler delivers some great cycling and some spectacular scenery. There are sections with long open straights that are truly exhilarating, some punchy hills, and also some longer gradual climbs. The maximum gradient is at Blissford hill near the end of each route where you will encounter a 25% climb. This is a short sharp climb that looks like a wall as you approach it.


The routes have been designed to encounter as little traffic as possible, and there are minimal miles on bigger roads. In places the routes narrow to single lanes and extra care will need to be taken on these sections. Riders will also need to be extremely careful when passing any of the livestock that reside in this wonderful part of the country. Horses in particular tend to get easily spooked by passing cyclists, so please take care while enjoying what has become a favourite fixture in many people’s cycling calendar.


The 102mile epic route offers the more experienced sportive rider a fantastic challenge, and completely showcases the fantastic New Forest National Park. Be warned though – the last 20 miles of the epic route are the hilliest…


Entry fees are £27 for the 47miler and £30 for both longer routes. Full details of the New Forest Rattler at



Pedal Norfolk – May 2-4, 2015

Pedal NorfolkRun over the May Bank Holiday weekend Pedal Norfolk is a 4night/3 day cycling festival based around the stunning Holkham Hall estate on the North Norfolk coast.


The Pedal Norfolk event features 3 sportives – 100miles on Saturday May 2, 100miles on the Sunday and 50miles on Monday, May 4. 50- and 20mile options are also available on all events or, for something less competitive, you could just use the many tracks that criss-cross the 25,000 acres estate. If you are of the ‘Tri’ persuasion you might even take a dip off the ‘Best Beach in the UK’.


If you’re tempted by a 250mile weekend by staying for the three days you can camp on site. The camp-site is available for £20 per night and provides full facilities including food and those all-important hot showers.

The annual highlight for many will be Emma Pooley, Olympic and Commonwealth Games Medalist. Pooley will host an evening QA session and will be joining competitors for the full 250-miler.


The 3-day ride tickets for £90 include camping, great Norfolk food before, during and after riding and entertainment each evening.


More details on Pedal Norfolk are available at


Surrey Hills Cyclone – March 29, 2015

Surrey Hills CycloneFancy a spring challenge? The Cycling Weekly Surrey Hills Cyclone on Sunday March 29 takes in some of Surrey’s finest countryside and more than a few decent climbs. Starting from Dorking you get straight into the Surrey Hills, which can reach 20% in parts.


One of the Cycling Weekly Sportive Series, the Sportive comes in three flavors, the 86mile ‘Epic’, the 60mile ‘Standard’ and the 28mile ‘Short’. All routes are advertised as ‘suitable for a wide range of riders’ but the hills of the Epic and Standard might be a bit too much for the casual rider. Having said that all routes should be suitable for any rider with a reasonable level of fitness and preparation…


The Epic route includes some of the south of England’s most iconic climbs including the notorious Whitedown, which kicks up to around 20% at the finish. The Standard takes in all of the climbs of the Epic route and it’s lesser distance shouldn’t obscure the fact that it’s almost as challenging.The Short route spares you the Barhatch and Leith hills but adds an extra climb at Albury Hill to warm you up for Whitedown.


After that it’s back to Dorking for refreshments, massages and a medal for all finishers. Tickets on sale now at £35 for the Epic and Standard, £25 for the Short course. More detail and tickets at