Challenge Ride Series 2017 - a grand day out is guaranteed!

Cycling UK is delighted to announce a new Challenge Ride series throughout the country for 2017. Start adding them to your ride calendar now.

Are you up for the challenge?

Cycling UK is delighted to announce a new Challenge Ride series throughout the country for 2017.

The Challenge Ride Series 2017 comprises 16 handpicked rides* plus two warm-up organised by some of Cycling UK’s local Member Groups so start adding them to your ride calendar now. 

The series will give you the perfect excuse to cycle in some of our amazing countryside and perhaps discover an area you haven't visited before. You can, for example, enjoy Momma's Mountain Views with Chester and N. Wales CTC, go Back to the Fuschia with Leicestershire and Rutland CTC, and explore the delights of Devon with Devon CTC and . Of course, there will also be the chance to make new cycling friends too. All finishers will receive at least the following, in addition to anything supplied by the local organisers:

  • a handsome Challenge Ride Series medal and ribbon branded with the event name
  • a certificate
  • a Cycling UK goodie bag (exact contents to be decided)

When and where are the rides?*

The series will start with Cycle Stevenage's popular Start of Summertime ride in late March and end with its Emitremmus Desrever (Summertime Reversed) ride in October. There’ll be rides throughout Britain during the months in between, from The Wirral in early April through to Leicestershire in May and Ayrshire in June, followed by East Anglia in July, North Wales in late August/early September, and the New Forest in October. Other events will start in:

  • Southampton
  • Newcastle
  • Swansea
  • The Surrey Hills
  • Shropshire

There’s also two pre-season warm-up events of 50 miles each in the Surrey Hills and North Hampshire.

*Note that rides maybe subject to possible change or cancellation.

So there’s plenty of chances to discover the beauty of our islands in all the best seasons of the year. 

Event Number

Date

Start location

Event Name and Organising Group

Distance

Brief Ride Description

1.

Sun 26 March

 

SG2 0BL

 

Start of Summertime

Stevenage Cycling

 

100 miles

 

Celebrate more daylight hours for riding – yay! – with a fantastic route in the stunning Hertfordshire countryside.

2.

Sun 9 April

CH3 6NX

Early Season Tourist Trial

Two Mills (the Wirral) CTC

50 miles

This popular early season event challenges you to cycle the 50 mile course and to eat what is a generous lunch in either 4 or 5 hours. (To do the ride AND eat the lunch, of course!)

3.

Sun 23 April

 

LA2 8QH

 

Bowland Forest Populaire 

Lancaster and South Lakes CTC

102km

Discover the beautiful and quiet Forest of Bowland on lovely, quiet lanes that will give you a challenging but thrilling ride with stunning views in all directions. 

4.

Sun 14 May

LE67 1AN

Back to the Fuschia

Leicestershire and Rutland CTC

14, 25, 50, 75, 100 and 110 mile choices

Back to the Fuschia rides consist of 4 loops of 25 miles and a short 14 mile loops for those who don't want to take on a high mileage all starting from the Fuschia Centre in Thornton. One loop takes riders east around much of Charnwood Forest and on one section alongside the Great Central preserved railway line, which offers a refreshment stop at Rothley Station. Another loop takes riders south east into gentler countryside past the motor-racing track at Kirkby Mallory and Bosworth Battle Field. A third loop takes riders west through Market Bosworth and then north before  the return to Thornton through some lovely countryside. The forth loop (you can do them in any order or repeat them if you choose) is to the south west, again skirting Bosworth Battlefield but going further south to the outskirts of Hinckley. The short 14 mile loop offers a ride to Market Bosworth through undulating countryside, with a suggested refreshment stop at "The Gate Hangs Well" pub in Carlton.

5.

 

Sun 21 May

 

SO51 7NX

Between the Parks (100km)/Park2Park (200km)

Southampton CTC

Choice of 100km/200km distances.

A lovely ride on quiet lanes exploring Hampshire's beautiful Test Valley between the South Downs and New Forest National Parks. A couple of short climbs to add interest but nothing too serious.

The 200 course has been designed to acquaint riders with the scenic beauty of Britain’s two newest National Parks as well as visiting some of the exceptional scenery in the lovely country between the two Parks. There are manned controls at the Beech Café, East Meon, the Tea Cosy at Hurstbourne Tarrant and the highly acclaimed gazebo-on-the-green at Downton that was so popular last year.

6.

Sun 4 June

NE61 3YJ

Bamburgh Summer 100

Tyneside and Northumberland CTC

100 miles

The route will start and finish at the NI Gubeon Golf Centre near Morpeth and take a scenic route exploring the beautiful Northumbrian coast, officially designated an area of outstanding natural beauty, to Bamburgh, going via Warkworth, Alnmouth and Seahouses, returning inland via Budle Bay, Rock, and a coastal diversion to Craster. More castles, sandy beaches and glorious landscapes than Game of Thrones can ever give you.

 

7.

Sun 11 June

KA10 6JX

Cumnock Canter 100km/Glespin Gallop 100-mile

Cycle Ayrshire

Choice of 100 km/100 mile distances

The Cumnock Canter, a signed circular route of 100km, is a ride from Troon in South Ayrshire.  Starting at sea-level it climbs inland to pass through farmland and moorland, as well as several small towns and villages. If you like variety in your ride this is the one – and you'll get a feel for what Ayrshire offers the cyclist. With a generous 8-hour time limit you can decide whether it's a day to be amongst the fast folk or a day to enjoy a tour using our 'sights and coffee stop' guide.

For a bigger challenge try the 100-mile  Glespin Gallop (12 hours) which follows much of the above route but extends further east and south into Lanarkshire and Dumfries and Galloway.  One of the "Troon Tons" offerings, it starts at sea-level then climbs inland to pass through farm land and moorland as well as several small towns and villages, then extends east and south into Lanarkshire and Dumfries & Galloway.  If you like variety in your ride this is the one – and you'll get a feel for what Ayrshire offers the cyclist.  With a generous 12 hour limit, you can decide whether it's a day to be amongst the fast folk or a day to enjoy a tour using our 'sights and coffee stop' guide. If 100 miles feels a bit far, we also have a 100km option - the "Cumnock Canter" - which is a shortened version of the 100 mile route and is also a signed circular route.

8.

Sun 25 June

SA1 1WG

The Des Radford 100 miler

Swansea CTC

100 miles

A circular route of 105 miles with an elevation gain of 4,600 feet. This spectacular route takes us over the Black Mountains and up to the Gold mines at Dolacothi and then winds its way back to Ferryside and a coastal road return to Swansea. There will be a pub lunch at Abergorlech and an afternoon stop at the Botanical Gardens. The ride will have a vehicle support for back up and emergencies.  For more information or to enter - contact John Cardy jcardy@talk21.com 07711175337 or Ian Davies ian.davies49@ntlworld.com 07813856969.

 

9.

Sun 9 July

IP22 2SR

Diss Dawdle/Diss Dander

Diss CTC

100km/200km

A leisurely amble through the Waveney valley in Norfolk or a 200km on relatively easy, with no serious hills, pleasant country lanes with lovely scenery that passes some of the great houses of Norfolk, such as Blickling, Holkham and Houghton and skirts the Sandringham estate. 

10.

Sun 16 July

TQ12 2DA

Devon Delight

Devon CTC

100km

A moderate ride with a couple of testing climbs near the start and finish to test your legs.

11.

Sun 20 Aug

GU5 9HE

 

Tour of the Hills

West Surrey CTC

 

115km

Despite its proximity to London, this is one of the most challenging and scenically stunning events in the country. Lovely forested climbs and exciting descents, many on centuries-old sunken lanes typical of the area, make this ride very special. Nutritionally balanced food is available at the start, mid-point and at the finish. 

12.

Sun 27 Aug

LL23 7UY

Wild Wales Challenge

Merseyside CTC

85 miles

An exciting and challenging ride through the stunning scenery of North Wales

13.

Sat 2 Sept

CH3 9AY

Momma’s Mountain Views

Chester & North Wales

Caer a Gogledd Cymru

130km

A continuously interesting route through Cheshire lanes into North East Wales. The hilly middle section from Chirk to the Horseshoe Pass summit boasts outstanding mountain views. Scenic return over Hope Mountain. 

14.

Sat 16 Sept

SY4 4TZ

Discovering Shropshire (Blue Rememberd Hills)

Shropshire

120km

Discover this beautiful county that’s perfect for cycling, with gently rolling hills, gorgeous scenery and very little traffic.

15.

Sun 8 Oct

SO41 9BQ

Gridiron 100

Wessex Cycling

100km

A fantastic route around the New Forest enjoying the autumn colours and wild animals.

16.

Sun 29 Oct

SG2 0BL

Emitremmus Desrever

​Stevenage ​Cycling

Choice of distances

Say goodbye to the fading daylight and welcome in the crisp, autumn days with 'summertime reversed'.

Challenge Ride medals and certificates

Complete any three of the series and qualify for a bronze medal; any five will earn a silver one; and, if you complete at least ten events, you will earn yourself a gold Challenge Ride medal. Complete them all and a special commemorative medal and certificate will be yours! Anybody who enters and completes at least two events will receive a special commemorative certificate. Many rides offer their own certificates and medals in addition to these. Note there may be a small extra charge for these to cover costs. 

What sort of rides are they?

These rides are not races but rather challenge rides in which you are only competing against the clock to see if you can finish by a certain time. With distances ranging from as little as 50 to as much 130 miles, there's something for everyone. Note that many events may have more than one ride option available but only the distances listed below will count for the Challenge Ride medals and certificates.

There may be check points or controls you have to visit en route to get a 'brevet' card or similar stamped, whereas other events may comprise just a route sheet with instructions that you follow on your own or they could be a led ride - check with the organisers to see exactly how the event will be run and what is included. Most will have refreshment stops and tea, coffee and cake or biscuits available either free or for a small extra charge.

How much is it to enter?

All events are very affordable to enter, with most around just £6 to £8, up to a maximum of £21 for the flagship Wild Wales Challenge as this ride includes full route directions, electronic timing, showers and so on. Some are even free!

How to enter

Please register to take part in each event directly with the organisers, who will each have their own entry processes. Some rides are available to enter now, whilst others are just finalising their details, so check our webpage regularly: https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/cycling-guide/challenge-ride-series  Note that many events sell out very quickly so you will have to be fast if you want to enter them all!

Once you have completed a series of rides, please complete the order form that will be sent to you or it can be downloaded from the page above so we know which colour medal or certificate to send you.

Enquiries

All enquiries regarding specific events should be directed to the organisers. For general enquiries regarding Cycling UK events and groups or the Challenge Ride Series, contact Julie Rand on 01483 238308 or email groups@cyclinguk.org

Event Organisers

Anybody who is organising a Challenge Ride Series event may use the logos to help publicise them. They are available in web format and print format. There is also a blank certificate you can download and customise as you wish. We will also be sending each organiser a set of branded items such as medals and certificates prior to each event.