The Independant 10 Best Cycling Events

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Posted Thursday 24th May 2012 –

The independant newspaper has published it’s view of the UK’s ten best cycling events, many of them popular sportive rides and the Wiggle Super Series seems to have come out particularly well with a couple of their events in the top ten. There’s no explanation of how events were ranked to determine the top ten and we can think of a few we’d definately add to our own top ten but we thought it was interesting to see whihc events they picked.

Here’s their full list –

1. Norwich 100 – 27 May

You can choose between a 100-mile, 50-mile or 25-mile ride on this route, which skirts the Broads and winds its way through olde-worlde Norwich.

2. Macmillan London to Paris – 4 July

Ending up in front of the Eiffel Tower, this capital ride covers 300 miles. Macmillan requires you to raise £1,500 to cover costs.

3. Dragon Ride Wales – 10 June

The larger routes on this ride, which begins in Port Talbot, have sold out. But you can still join the 37km ride (phew!).

4. South Downs Epic – 24 June

There are two rides, the epic (44 miles) and standard (23 miles). Both provide lovely views of the south coast and some challenging climbs.

5. Manchester to Liverpool – 3 June

This NSPCC ride starts at Salford Quays and moves off along the ship canal to Liverpool, even nipping down a certain Penny Lane.

6. Bournemouth Sportive – 27 May

This 70-mile route traverses Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire, mostly on quiet country roads.

7. Mega Meon Sportive – 1 July

The 55-mile fun ride is the main attraction here: it’s easy to medium and mostly on the road, taking in the South Downs and pretty views across the Solent.

8. The Great British Bike Ride Land’s End – 28 August

Finishing at Twickenham Stadium, this covers 400 miles. The Rainbow Trust asks riders to pay £250 and guarantee £1,250 of sponsorship.

9. Glasgow 100 – 12 August

Glasgow’s 100-mile ride for Action Medical Research is rated 4.5/5 for difficulty. The route takes in a few 10 per cent gradients.

10. Tour of County Tyrone – 5 June

Choose between two routes here, a 98- and 64-miler. Whichever you plump for, you’re sure to see Tyrone’s most lovely scenery.