Coming up: UK cycling events, 10 April - 9 May

Sportives, demo days and more

Planning to enter a mountain bike marathon or ride a sportive or two in 2009 but don't know where to start? Here's a rundown of all the major events taking place this year.

If we've missed your event, let us know the details by emailing us at bikeradar@bikeradar.com.

April 10-12: NissanUCIMountain Bike World Cup

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

More Info: www.mtbworldcupsa.co.za

April 11/12: MeridaBikesMountain Bike Marathon Series

Builth Wells, featuring the ELBNO Night Marathon

More info: http://www.mtb-marathon.co.uk/

April 12: Chippenham & District Wheelers 'Open 10 Mile Time Trial'

Marlborough

Open 10 mile TT

More Info: www.chippenhamwheelers.org.uk

April 12: LakelandLoop

New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Great Langdale, Cumbria, LA22 9JY

Distance: 120K

Fee: £15

More info: www.epicevents.org

April 13: Cotswold Spring Classic Sportive

Cirencester

Distance:105km or 105 miles

Fee: £22.50 per person

More Info: www.cotswoldspringclassic.co.uk

April 17: DHLSprintSchool series

Aims to develop young track cyclists in a warm and inclusive atmosphere, using top Olympic, world and national champions as coaches.

More info: http://www.sprintschool.com/

April 19: 5 Castles Spring Sportive

SundorneSportsVillage, Sundorne road,Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 4RQ

The 5 Castles Spring Sportive is harder than reliability ride, but softer than a full-on cyclosportive and has been designed to suit riders of all abilities. There are three routes to choose from:

5 Castles- 164km with 1610meters of climbing.

3 Castles - 113.5km returning from Montgomery.

2 Castles - 82.5km returning to Shrewsbury from Llansantffraid.

More Info: http://www.activenetwork.co.uk/

April 19: Mountain bike race - Lee Quarry, Lancashire

More info: http://www.brownbacksracing.co.uk/

April 19: North Cornwall Tor    

The Dragon Centre,

Lostwithiel Road
, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 1DE    

Distances; 100M, 70M, 43M

Fee: £27

April 24: DHLSprintSchool series

Aims to develop young track cyclists in a warm and inclusive atmosphere, using top Olympic, world and national champions as coaches.

More info: http://www.sprintschool.com/

April 25-26th - MSC Bikes/Descent-Gear NPS DH - Round 1 - (UCI Cat 2)

Ae Forest

More Info: www.NPSDH.com

April 26: White Horse Challenge

Shrivenham, Wiltshire

Route: 150 km distance

Fee: £22

More Info: www.whitehorsechallenge.com/

April 26: Princes Risborough Sunday Sportives

PrincesRisboroughSchool, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, HP27 0DT

Distances: 126km, 93km, 80km

Fee: TBC

More info: www.southernsportive.com

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May 2: Drumlanrig Tearfund Challenge    

DrumlanrigCastle, Thornhill, Dumfries, Scotland, DG3 4AG

Distances: 82M, 44M, 40M

Fee: £25

More info: www.drumlanrigchallenge.btik.com

May 3: SuP6R Six Series (Round Three)

Milngavie

More Info:www.scottishcycling.org.uk

May 3: Preseli Teifi Sportive

Festival Centre, Newport,Pembrokeshire, SA42 0SY

Distance: 77.5M

May 3: Forest of Dean Spring Classic    

Monmouth, NP25 3EQ

Distance: 85M

Fee: £25

More info: www.forestofdeanspringclassic.co.uk or www.everydaycycling.com

May 4: Mountain bike race - Lee Quarry, Lancashire

More info: http://www.brownbacksracing.co.uk/

May 8 - 10: Avalanche Enduro UK 

7stanes, Ae Forest

More Info: www.avalanchecup.com

May 9: Bealach Beag Challenge

Sheildaig Village Hall, Sheildaig, Ross-shire, IV54 8XN

Distance: 43M

Fee: £35

More info: www.handsonevents.co.uk

May 9: Original Bicycle Festival

The Original Bicycle Festival, billed as an all-encompassing celebration of cycling, takes place across Dumfries & Galloway in Scotland from 9 to 24 May. 

More info: http://www.originalbicyclefestival.co.uk/

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