Coming up: UK cycling events, 2-24 May

Sportives, mountain biking, demo days and more

Coming up: UK cycling events, 2-24 May

Every week we’re going to be letting you know what cycling events are going on throughout the UK. Whether it’s a road sportive, mountain biking enduro or one of our own Demo Days, we’ll have it listed here.


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You can find the full UK events guide here.

May 2: Drumlanrig Tearfund Challenge    

Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Dumfries, Scotland, DG3 4AG

Distances: 82M, 44M, 40M

Fee: £25

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May 3: SuP6R Six Series (Round Three)



May 3: Preseli Teifi Sportive

Festival Centre, Newport,Pembrokeshire, SA42 0SY

Distance: 77.5M

May 3: Gore Bike wear 100 Challenge

Swinley Forest

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May 3: Forest of Dean Spring Classic    

Monmouth, NP25 3EQ

Distance: 85M

Fee: £25

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May 4: Mountain bike race – Lee Quarry, Lancashire

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May 8 – 10: Avalanche Enduro UK 

7stanes, Ae Forest

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May 9: Glentress Trailquest

The Glentress Buzzard’s Nest carpark (GR 277 412)

A 3 hour mountain bike orienteering event designed to test stamina, bike handling, route planning and navigational skills. Open to pairs or solo, you use the provided pre-marked map to choose a route visiting as many checkpoints as possible.  The area has been specially mapped at 1:15000.   Expect a wide mix of trails, lots of singletrack, tough navigational decisions, and a wee bit of climb!

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May 9: Bealach Beag Challenge

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

Distance: 43M

Fee: £35

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May 9: Oneplanet Adventure- Red Grade Challenge

Dalby Forest,

An epic journey from the North of England, up the East coast of Scotland, North of Inverness, then back down through the 7 Staines, North West England, the Midlands, South and Mid Wales, finishing on 16th May at, where else but, Coed Llandegla Forest. Raising money in aid of Alzheimer’s Society.

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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. 

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May 10:  Exmoor Endurancelife Coastal Trail Quest Series

The Hunters Inn, Parracombe, North Devon, EX31 4PY

A mountain bike orienteering event designed to test stamina, bike handling, route planning and navigational skills.  Up to 20 checkpoints of varying values will be located in this stunning area. A pre-marked map will be given to each solo or team and the aim is to accumulate the highest score by visiting the most checkpoints in the 3 or 5 hour limit.

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May 10: CTC Guided Cycle Ride

Dalbeattie Coach Park

A ride to DrumlanrigCastle, passing through beautiful countryside with few big hills.  Suitable for experienced cyclists.  60 miles.

More Info: / Contact: John Taylor, CTC Dumfries and Galloway Group, 01556 670395 /

May 10: DalbeattieJunior Mountain

7stanes, Dalbeattie Forest

A great active day out for young people aged 6 – 15 and their families in DalbeattieForest with Mountain Bike relay races, bike skills training, bike safety checks, with cheap bike hire available on site.  Storytelling and face painting (mainly for younger folks.)

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May 10: Fred Whitton Challenge    

Bike Fun Day

Coniston Sports Centre, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8AL    

Distance: 112M

Fee: TBC

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May 10: The Bucks Off–Road classic

Martin Baker sports and social club, Denham

Distances: 65km, 100km & 121km

Fee: £16

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May 10: The Hampshire Hilly Hundred

Sparsholt College, near Winchester

Distances: 100 miles & 76 miles

Fee: £22

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May 10: Suffolk Sunrise

Woodbridge, Suffolk

Distances: 50 miles & 100 miles

Fee: £15

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May 10: Duncton Sunday Sportives

Duncton Cricket Club, Duncton, Petworth,West Sussex

Distances: 133km, 111km, 60km

Fee: TBC

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May 12: Kirkpatrick Macmillan Play – Premiere

Easterbrook Hall, The Crichton, Dumfries, DG1 4TA

The Kirkpatrick Macmillan play will be an accessible, witty piece of theatre that tells this local bicycle inventor’s story and captures the sporting passion and spirit of his adventures. In particular, his thrilling 68 mile bike ride to Glasgow in 1842 – that resulted in a court appearance for dangerous driving.

A local, Dumfriesshire blacksmith, Kirkpatrick Macmillan, is credited with the invention of the first bicycle in 1839. At the Civic Reception for the World Mountain Bike Conference on the evening of Tuesday 12 May, an actor, dressed as Macmillan, will deliver a short 15-20 minute monologue on that period and his invention. It is hoped this will inform and entertain the local, national and international delegates that they are in the ‘Home of the Bicycle’ and re-inforce the region’s reputation for all forms of cycling. 

‘Macmillan’ will make surprise appearances at various other events throughout the Festival.  

More Info: Colin Williamson, Forestry Commission Scotland / 01387 272440 /

May 12: Oot Tae Carrick 200 Audax


An Audax event is not a race, rather a personal challenge, in which cyclists have to complete the route by arriving at pre-arranged controls within a specific time. This is a scenic and pleasant route through Dumfries and Galloway and South-East Ayrshire, venturing into Carrick and crossing the Southern Upland Way. These are ancient Kingdoms, and it used to be said that you would leave Scotland and enter Carrick and Galloway. Route – Dumfries – Crocketford – New Galloway – Minngaff – Straiton – Dalmellington – Moniaive – Dumfries.

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May 12 – 15: WorldMountain Bike Conference on Sustainability

Easterbrook Hall, The Crichton, Dumfries, DG1 4TA

Held for the first time outside North America in Dumfries and Galloway, one of the finest areas in the world for mountain biking.  The conference offers three days of sessions led by experts from across the globe, for land and trail managers, resort operators, recreation planners and trail advocates.  It aims to increase the economic, environmental and social sustainability of mountain biking, through sharing best practice and expertise, while giving delegates the opportunity to explore the best of the South of Scotland.

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May 14 – May 17: Cycling Film Festival

Robert Burns Film Theatre (DG2 7BE) and various venues,Dumfries

The Original Bicycle Film Festival harnesses the power of film to celebrate cycling. You don’t need a bike to come to this festival; but once you’ve been you may well wish you have one to ride home. Come and be part of Dumfries and Galloway’s cycling boom. 

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May 15: Conference Gig

So Below Café,

Castle Street

, Dumfries

Join World Conference delegates for a superb night of world music to draw to a close the mountain bike conference and to usher in the second weekend of the Original Bicycle Festival.

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May 15: Inside the Tour de France

DG One Leisure Complex, Hoods Loaning, Dumfries, DG1 2HT

Want to find out what it is like to take part in the world’s single biggest and most grueling sports event?  Are you interested in all of the topical issues associated with the Tour De France and Tour of Britain? Join acclaimed former tour cyclist and Radio Five Live and Eurosport commentator Graham Jones and his guests to get ‘inside the Tour De France’.  The evening will include discussion, film footage and a question and answer session and is a must for all cycling news.

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May 15/17: Original Bike Festival Café

DG One Leisure Complex, Hoods Loaning, Dumfries, DG1 2HT

DG One Leisure Complex, in partnership with the Leisure and Sport Service, will host the Original Bicycle Festival Café. The café will be the hub for the Festival between the 15 and 17 May 2009 offering a diverse mix of events including live music, comedy, guest speakers, film, author talks and signings. A number of one off special events are also being planned and will be announced on the lead up to the café’s opening. The café will provide a festival atmosphere with events organised to suit all ages. The café has been developed by the Leisure and Sport’s Events Team in partnership with the Robert Burns Centre & Film Theatre and Waterstones book store.

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May 15/24: DrumlanrigCastle events

Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill , DG3 4AG

Drumlanrig Castle pays homage to Kirkpatrick Macmillan by hosting a series of cycling related events during the Original Bicycle Festival from Friday 15 May.  The small bicycle museum in the castle courtyard will also be open during the duration of the festival.

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May 15/16: Merida Bikes Mountain Bike Marathon Series 2009

Crickhowell leg of the endurance event

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May 16 – 17 – Pearce Cycles Downhill Series 2009- Round 2

HOPTONCASTLE, Nr. Craven Arms,Shropshire

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May 16: Mountain Bike Orienteering Event Gilling Woods, Ampleforth, N.Yorks

Redcar House – 2 miles west of the B1363 at Gilling East   GR588765

28km MTBO event with an estimated 90 minute winning time, using an pre-marked 1:15,000 colour map to navigate through a variety of forest tracks in beautiful undulating private woodland owned by Ampleforth Abbey.  First event in the TCA (Trail Cyclists Association) national champs weekend.

Also1 hour MBO Score event for novices

May 16: Steppingstanes Mini Festival

Heathhall, Dumfries , DG1

Join Stepping Stanes Youth Cycling Development Club for a free family fun day at HeathhallForest where there are cycle tracks for all abilities in a traffic free environment.  We have a busy programme of events including bike skills training, cycle challenges, races for all ages and abilities, a bike clinic and much more.

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May 16: New Balance Endurance Series – Open 5

Lake District

Fee: TBA

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May 16: CTC Guided ‘Discovery’ Ride

Dock Park, Dumfries

This is a really social ride at a really moderate pace with little bike talk!  It visits the Kirkconnel Moss nature reserve, where, with the knowledgeable assistance of a wildlife ranger, riders will learn some astonishing things about peat mosses, etc.   We also visit a range of heritage sites at New Abbey, including the captivating Sweetheart Abbey.  13 miles.  Be prepared to walk half a mile.

More Info: / Contact: John Taylor, CTC Dumfries and Galloway Group, 01556 670395 /

May 17: Duncombe Trailquest, Ryedale

Duncombe Park, Helmsley  GR604830

A 3 hour mountain bike orienteering event designed to test stamina, bike handling, route planning and navigational skills. (90 minute option for novices)
Beautiful countryside in Ryedale with an excellent network of bridleways and private tracks owned by Duncombe Estate
Open to pairs or solo, you use the provided pre-marked map (1:25,000) to navigate to your choice of checkpoints to collect as many points as possible. 
Second event in the TCA (Trail Cyclists Association) national champs weekend.More info

May 17: Burns’ Solway Coastal Challenge Sportive

Dumfries Rugby Club, New

Abbey Road


A newcomer and family friendly event that will also appeal to the race heads, taking in some of the best roads and scenery in the south of Scotland.  There will be two routes on offer; either a 30km course or an 115km course.  Riders start in groups of up to 8 with the start times recorded, the aim being to complete the course in the fastest time – or simply enjoy getting out. 

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May 17: Women on Wheels (WOW)

7stanes Kirroughtree, Kirroughtree Visitor Centre, Palnure, Newton Stewart, DG8 7BE

WOW – Women On Wheels is an event for women and girls of all ages, abilities and cycling genres to come along to be inspired, learn and most importantly have fun!

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May 17: Mountain bike race – Lee Quarry, Lancashire

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May 17: Castle Ride 100

Tonbridge Castle, Tonbridge, Kent, TN10 1BG

Distance: 100M

Fee: £25

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May 17: “The Struggle” Cycling Sportive

Myerscough College, Bilsborrow, Preston, Lancashire PR3 0RY

Distance: 144 and 100km

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May 17: Etape du Dales

Wharfedale Rugby Club, Threshfield, Grassington, North Yorkshire, BD23 5BS    

Distance: 110M

Fee: £30    

May 17: Lark Rise Trail Ride

Lark Rise, Oxon

12.5 miles, 25 miles & 40 miles


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May 17: Etape Caledonia

Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland

Distance: 81M

Fee: £54

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May 18: CTC Guided ‘Discovery’ Cycle Ride


Short ride, discovering much of Dumfries’ own history.   Slow, many stops, revelatory. 5 miles.

More Info: / Contact: John Taylor, CTC Dumfries and Galloway Group, 01556 670395 /

May 19: CTC Guided ‘Discovery’ Cycle Ride

Dock Park

Discover some heritage features North West of Dumfries, on almost traffic-less roads and cycle paths – a bridge over a gorge, a Covenanters’ monument, a

Stone Circle

and a beautifully sited Abbey.

More Info: / Contact: John Taylor, CTC Dumfries and Galloway Group, 01556 670395 /

May 21/25: Kirkpatrick Macmillan Cycle Rally

BarnsoulFarmHoliday Park, Shawhead

An annual social cycling rally with beautiful routes to suit all capabilities. 

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May 21: CTC Guided ‘Discovery’ Cycle Ride

This route discovers a wide variety of our heritage to the South East of Dumfries.   Such as the really interesting Caerlaverock Castle, the Brow Well where Burns was so ill-advised to take the waters, the world’s first Savings Bank (another Dumfries and district first!), one of the finest early Christian crosses, another castle restored and furnished this time, and more.  40 miles almost entirely on level or easy gradients.

More Info: / Contact: John Taylor, CTC Dumfries and Galloway Group, 01556 670395 /

May 23: Beattock Open Time Trial

Beattock Village Hall, Nr Moffat 

 25-mile open time trial

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May 23: Clarten Owwer Caldbeck (Audax)


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May 23: Castle Douglas Round of Scottish Power Renewables Criterium

Castle Douglas Town Centre

A town centre criterium cycling event for 5 categories of rider –  Sen E/1/2 riders, Sen 3/4riders, Ladies, Juniors & Youths.

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May 23: CTC ‘Wheely Easy’ bike ride in Dumfries

DockPark,DumfriesAn ideal opportunity to get introduced to cycling or to get started again.   This ride is great for families with small children (accompanied).   Regain your confidence on cycle paths and very quiet roads.  Please bring your own roadworthy bike.

May 23: Richmond Cyclosportives

Richmond School, Darlington Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 7BQ

Distances: 100M, 80M, 50M

Fee: TBC

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May 24: Kings Of Wessex Road Race

Somerton Sports Club, Somerton, Somerset, TA11 6HS .

Distance: 163.9 miles

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May 24: 2009 National Points Series Four Cross- Rounds 2 & 3


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May 23-25: Tour of Wessex

Somerton Sports Club, Gassons Lane, Somerton, Somerset, TA11 6HS

Distances: 319M (3 days), 102M, 111M, 106M, 75M, 23M

Fee: £10-75

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May 24: TykeTrial Rnd 3

Addingham Moorside

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May 24: Dumfries Round of Scottish Power Renewables Criterium Series


Shopping Precinct

More Info:  / Contact: Ian Sinclair, Wallace hill Cycling Club – 01560 485990

May 24: CTC Guided Cycle Ride ‘Kirkpatrick MacMillan Day

DockPark, Dumfries

Dock Park – Grand Finale Cycle Ride to Keir village (Macmillan’s home village) and Drumlanrig Castle, where there will be castle tours, craft shops, eateries, entertainment, and a chance to try a replica of Macmillan’s original bicycle.   The full route is 40 miles return, but we will be running bike busses from Dumfries to Auldgirth and Keir to shorten the cycling for those who want that.  

More Info: / Contact: John Taylor, CTC Dumfries and Galloway Group, 01556 670395 /

May 24: Gran Fondo Cymru

Penllyn Leisure Centre, Bala, Gywnedd, LL23 7SR

Distances: 200KM, 135KM, 61KM

Fee: TBC


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