The weather is better and as the cycling season spikes, it’s time to get on your bike and pedal as fast as your legs can handle. We’ve chosen the top five rides in 2018:
Ride for Helen Pedal Power, 13 May
Ride for Helen is back for its fifth year and promises to be one of the region’s biggest and best cycling events in 2018 for the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity (HRCC). Cyclists from across the county will be meeting at the Crix in Hatfield Peverel, Essex to take part in this family-friendly event, which offers a choice of cycling routes to suit all capabilities; 6 miles, 15 miles, 35 miles, 65 miles and a new 100 miles. All ages and abilities are welcome to join in as individuals or as a team. For more information or to register, visit www.rideforhelen.co.uk
North Norfolk Wheelers 100 miles, 19 May 2018
Sign up to this centurion challenge over 100miles, however don’t worry if you haven’t had that much experience because the route has been adapted for young and old, pro and beginner. There are no hills to this course but equally it’s never flat either. The roads are mainly a mixture of A and B roads and racers will complete three laps of this tenacious course. Entry costs £9.50 and closes on 8 May.
Suffolk Spinner, 28 July 2018
Get your wheels in a spin this July and sign up for the Wiggle Suffolk Spinner – a ride that takes you through historic Suffolk along rural roads and short punchy climbs. The route will take you through Otley, Wickham Market and Orford towards Saxmundham and Framlingham. You’ll experience straight roads, some trail and quaint villages so if you are new to cycling or fancy a slightly harder challenge than your usual road route – this is the race for you. Also you can sign up for the Epic, Standard, Short or under 16s challenge, ranging from 42 to 96 miles. If you pre-book online there are savings to be made.
Steeple Chase, 11 August 2018
Starting off in Huntingdon, this route, if you opt for the Epic 96 mile ride, will take you through Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and even Leicestershire. Ride over the three steeples, which can be relentless at times, before you reach the finish line. This route will literally take you through peaks and troughs and would be more suited to riders with slightly more experience. Pre book online for discounts, entry costs from £3 to £40.
Hertfordshire 100, 26 August 2018
The Hertfordshire 100 boasts some of the nicest scenery and rural routes in England and it is a popular hotspot for cyclists to take to their bikes, especially during the summer months. Take on the options of 33, 62 or 100 miles over undulating hills and rolling countryside towards Bishops Stortford and Welwyn Garden City. All routes finish through the short sharp hills of ‘Little Switzerland’ before crossing the line and collecting your medal. The event is in conjunction with the ‘Helping Rhinos’ charity and cycling legend Phil Liggett will be showing his support and joining in on the ride. Entry prices range from £20 to £25. A team of four can take advantage of the 4 for 3 offer.
Royal Flyer, 4 November 2018
Head to Norfolk and take part in their autumn Royal Flyer race which begins at Fakenham Racecourse and winds through pretty villages of Guist, Binham, South Creake, Stanhoe and Docking before the route enters the grounds of the impressive Sandringham estate basking in the beautiful autumn colours. If you are looking for one more challenge before the winter comes and you have to return to the gym – this is it. Pre book online for discounts. Entry costs from £3 to £40 with a range of short and longer distance routes.
So saddle up and get peddling!