Cycling events to look forward to 2022 (2023)

After two years of uncertainty when it comes to all sorts of events, we’re sure you’re absolutely raring to go to take part in rides, sportives and challenges in 2022. Thankfully, with a large proportion of the population now vaccinated and the booster roll-out gathering speed, things are still looking up in comparison to a year ago.

So with our sights trained on the new year, we’ve put together this round-up of events Cycling UK staff members are most looking forward to all around the UK.

This list is designed to cater for riders of all stripes, so we’re hoping you’ll find something that fills you with excitement. It is, however, not an exhaustive list. You can find more affiliated events and club rides on our events finder, and if you’re a member group and we’ve missed one of your events, please consider registering it through the link.

We’re keeping our fingers crossed that everything in this list can go ahead as planned, but some dates are still to be confirmed so it’s always best to keep checking the event websites for updates.

Road



Cyclists take on Surrey’s Tour of the Hills

Ride to the Sun

England and Scotland

25 June 2022

Inspired by the Dunwich Dynamo, this ride through the night from Carlisle to greet the rising sun on a wee beach in Cramond covers coast to coast, north to south and England to Scotland. Always the weekend nearest to the summer solstice, the event has a friendly and relaxed vibe, the route is accessible along quiet roads, and ooh, there’s a cyclorave too.

Bealach Mor

Applecross Peninsula, Scotland

10 September 2022

Coursing through the jaw-dropping scenery of the Applecross Peninsula, the Bealach is the UK’s biggest road climb with an ascent of 626m from sea level in just 10km. The full distance is 144km on closed roads, and the reward a huge vista across the west coast and Isle of Skye.

The New Forest Tour

Southampton, England

17 September 2022

This ride through New Forest National Park offers riders four routes to choose from – from Rook (17km) to Long (155km). All are guaranteed to help you enjoy the magical woodlands and possibly spot some deer, but this event is highly popular so make sure you book your tickets early.

Dragon Ride

Margam Park, Wales

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19 June 2022

Described as the ‘toughest sportive in the UK’, organisers redesigned all four routes in the Brecon Beacons for 2021. While the ultimate challenge Dragon Devil has been made even harder than before at 304km and 4350m of climbing, a ‘short’ 100km ride is also included.

Off road



Two mountain bikers descending down the Bloody Bush MTB trail. Photo: Joolze Dymond

Muck ‘n’ Mac

Tweed Valley, Scotland

29 April-1 May 2022

This gravel riding festival weekend is staged at Scotland’s oldest inhabited building Traquair House, conveniently on the doorstep of some excellent gravel trails in the Tweed Valley. As well as rides, you can expect live music, beer, morning yoga, talks and screenings as well as family friendly activities for kids.

Peak District Gravel X

Hope, Derbyshire, England

9 April 2022

While this 85km Gravel X has a mix of terrain from rocky parts to smooth gravel, one thing is for sure: there will be peaks to climb (1,750m to be precise). Less technical than some other Peaks routes, it will be ideal for enjoying the views of wild heather moorlands.

Battle on the Beach

Pembrey Country Park, Wales

2-3 April 2022

This unique, fun and challenging event consists of three laps with 5km beach, 5km singletrack and 5km doubletrack or forest roads. The event is open to all types of bikes, but there’s some unusual terrain to tackle as a 100m stretch will be on soft sand.

Dukes Weekender

Aberfoyle, Scotland

10-11 September 2022

Dukes Weekender takes place in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, staging a hill climb, gravel enduro and kid’s enduro. This year, entries are opening slightly later in February, so ticket prices aren’t added to already stretched December budgets, giving everyone a fairer chance to participate.

Lakelander Gravel Grinder

County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

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8 October 2022

Ireland’s premier gravel cycling experience offers a choice between the Big Dog 100km and Little Dog 50km rides. Both are designed to be a mentally and physically challenging experience in the remote wilderness of County Fermanagh, with tough climbs, sweeping downhills and stunning views.

Family



Cyclists at the New Forest Cycling Week

New Forest Cycling Week

Bransgore, England

July 2022

This informal rally for cycle campers is run by a Cycling UK member group, and has been going every year since its inception in 1975. It’s open to families, small groups and individuals of all ages, with onsite activities and rides suitable for all abilities. We’re expecting the event around the last week of July, but do keep checking the website for updates.

Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2022

Edinburgh, Scotland

9 June 2022

The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling doesn’t just revolve around the sports side, but aims to celebrate all aspects of cycling around the city, from leisure and adventure to transport and personal development. There’s such a wide range of sporting, cultural and fun events for all age groups across the city, we really hope that this year’s event can go ahead.

Aberystwyth Cycle Festival

Aberystwyth, Wales

May and June 2022

This event celebrates all things cycling in Mid Wales, and is back after being postponed during the pandemic. There’s a town centre criterium, a 212km Audax and the Continental Welsh Wild West Sportive, but less experienced cyclists also have plenty to enjoy, from family rides to BMX displays.

The York Rally

York, England

17-19 June 2022

This volunteer-organised historic gathering has been running annually since 1945 and returns after a break forced by the pandemic. It attracts cyclists of all kinds from club cyclists to racers and vintage cycle enthusiasts to bikepackers. Entry is free and the vibe is non-commercial and family friendly, with live music, food and real ale.

Bikepacking/touring (multi-day)



Bikepackers in one of the Dirt Dash events. Photo: Sam Jones

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Great British Escapades

Various locations and times

In addition to the flagship event, Great British Divide, this Cycling UK-affiliated group has launched a new series of shorter off-road bikepacking events for those who, for one reason or another, are unable to commit to the big one.

The first of these long weekend challenges has been announced for 2-5 June 2022, leaving from Canterbury to explore the North and South Downs, and will provide a perfect introduction to longer distance rides.

Pannier Desert of Wales

Cambrian Mountains, Wales

July 2022

This three-night guided bikepacking tour will take you around the wild and desolate Cambrian mountains in Mid Wales, with road climbs, wild swims, bothy lunches and accommodation in an off-grid bunkhouse, enjoying both the solitude of the remote landscape and the camaraderie of the group. In 2022, dates are available over three weekends in July.

The Dunoon Dirt Dash

Dunoon, Scotland

1-2 October 2022

Run by the Cycling UK-affiliated Dirt Dash, this two-day, self-supported bikepacking event allows participants to enjoy the rugged beauty of the Cowal Peninsula near Glasgow. Overnight camping is provided, there’s a variety of terrain, and Cycling UK members get a £5 discount on the entry fee.

Challenge



The Great British Divide returns for its second edition in 2022. Photo: Great British Divide

Great British Divide

Canterbury to Fort William, England and Scotland

July 2022

Run for the first time in 2021, after a pandemic-related delay, the Great British Divide is not a race but an adventure to be completed in a couple of weeks. An unsupported MTB bikepacking event, the route takes cyclists roughly 2,000km from one end of the country to the other, mostly off road. The second edition is pencilled for July and will be rolling out of Canterbury.

Chase the Sun

Various locations

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18 June 2022

This epic challenge now offers four choices of location, departing on the same sunrise – UK North, UK South, Ireland, or Italy. The name gives it away – you’ll ride a non-competitive double century from sunrise to sunset on the longest day of the year. With no rules, timings or route signs, it’s a physical as well as navigational challenge.

Women and inclusive



Cycling UK’s Women’s Festival of Cycling is one of the charity’s events returning for 2022

The National Cycling Show

Birmingham, England

18-19 June 2022

A unique trade show bringing the industry together, The National Cycling Show aims to make cycling more accessible to all audiences. Whether you’re a newbie or already have a passion for exercising in the outdoors, it is the perfect opportunity to try and test products from bikes to accessories, as well as get inspiration and advice from industry experts.

It’s also a chance to meet the Cycling UK team, as we’ll be at the Cycling 101 Stage as one of the event partners, and we’ll have some free tickets to give away to members and CycleClips subscribers.

Sisters of Send

Afan Forest Park, Wales

14-15 May 2022

After two years of cancellations due to the pandemic, Wales’s first annual women’s mountain bike festival has been eagerly awaited .The programme is packed with bike and lifestyle activities including coaching sessions, workshops, demonstrations and yoga. The Event Village will play host to a range of bike brands showcasing their wares, and local businesses add a bit of Welsh flavour.

The School of Rocks powered by IRIS

The UK and Netherlands

This female-led community aims to empower all those who don’t feel represented in the traditional gravel scene to try and build skills and confidence in off-road cycling. September 2021 saw the launch of its first term, and spring dates are to be announced soon, so keep an eye on the Instagram account for further details.

Cyclists from all backgrounds, ethnicities, shapes and ages are welcomed to help them discover the joys of off-road cycling.

Tour de France Femmes 2022

France

24-31 July 2022

We’re really excited to see that after a 30-year hiatus, the women’s peloton has been announced as part of Tour de France for 2022. Starting on the Champs-Elysees in conjunction with the men’s stage 21, the eight-day race is a welcome move, raising the profile of women’s elite cycling, and we’ll be following it closely.

Cycling UK events

Bike Week

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UK-wide

6-12 June 2022

Thousands of people across the UK take part in this annual celebration that showcases how brilliant cycling is, with events in various locations up and down the country. Keep checking our Bike Week page for updates and info on how you can get involved.

FAQs

What cycling races are coming up? ›

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  • 2023 PRO CYCLING CALENDAR. 2023 CLASSICS. 2023 GIRO d'ITALIA. 2023 TOUR DE FRANCE. 2023 LA VUELTA.
  • MY BUCKET LIST.

What is the world's most important cycling event? ›

Tour de France, the world's most prestigious and most difficult bicycle race. Of the three foremost races (the others being the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España), the Tour de France attracts the world's best riders.

What are the 5 cycling classics? ›

The five greatest one-day (classic) cycling events on the planet are known as the Monuments of Cycling. These races—Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, and the Tour of Lombardy carry the distinction of being called the Monuments.

What are the 3 most known road cycling races? ›

The Grand Tours in cycling are the three major professional cycling stage races: the Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España. Together they are known as the 'Grand Tours'.

Who is the best cyclist in the world 2022? ›

Cyclingnews casts its eyes over ten of the contenders.
  • Wout van Aert (Belgium)
  • Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands)
  • Remco Evenepoel (Belgium)
  • Tadej Pogacar (Slovenia)
  • Michael Matthews (Australia)
  • Julian Alaphilippe (France)
  • Biniam Girmay (Eritrea)
  • Alberto Bettiol (Italy)
Sep 22, 2022

What is the ride London 2022 route? ›

In total there will be 65 miles of Essex roads included in the event routes. The route will start in central London, enter Essex via Epping Forest and pass through Chipping Ongar and picturesque villages such as Fyfield and Leaden Roding before reaching Great Dunmow.

Who has won all 5 cycling monuments? ›

Belgium's post-war superstar Rik Van Looy won a total of eight monuments during a run from 1958 to 1965. He was eclipsed by the arrival of Eddy Merckx, the only rider to win all five monuments multiple times, who racked up an untouchable total of 19 monuments in a decade-long span from 1966 to 1976.

What is the oldest cycling race? ›

Liège–Bastogne–Liège – La Doyenne, the oldest Classic, was first raced in 1892.

What is the longest one day cycling race? ›

After 1988, the longest one-day professional bike race became Porto–Lisboa in Portugal, which was about 330 kilometres (210 mi) long. Porto-Lisboa was last held in 2004, and Milan-San Remo in Italy has since then been the longest race at 298 kilometres (185 mi).

Who is best cyclist in the world? ›

Tadej Pogačar

Who is the most famous cyclist? ›

Eddie Merckx

With an unequalled 11 Grand Tour wins, conquering all five Monuments, and three World Championships (plus a whole lot of other victories and feats to his name), Eddy is the most respected and probably most frequently quoted cyclist of all time.

What is the hardest Grand Tour? ›

- Giro d'Italia 1914. It is said to be the hardest big tour ever with 5 stages over 400 km long.

What is the hardest cycling race? ›

Tour de France is considered to be the world's “most prestigious and most difficult” bicycle race. It is an annual men's event, which is primarily held in France. The race also occasionally passes through neighbouring countries.

Has anyone won all 3 Grand Tours in one year? ›

No rider has ever won all three grand tours in a single calendar year although Chris Froome and Jacques Anquetil won all three grand tours in just over nine months spanning two calendar years.

How much faster is cycling than walking? ›

How Far Do You Want To Go? It takes less energy to bicycle one mile than it takes to walk a mile. In fact, a bicycle can be up to 5 times more efficient than walking.

Who is the richest cyclist in the world? ›

Top 10 Richest Cyclists In The World
#No.CyclistsNet Worth
1Tadej Pogacar$5 million
2Peter Sagan$33 million
3Chris Froome$12 million
4Vincenzo Nibali$6 million
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Jul 26, 2022

What country has the best cyclists? ›

Country Rankings
RankCountry
1Italy
2Belgium
3France
4Spain
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Who is best female cyclist? ›

Current rankings
RankRiderTeam
1Annemiek van Vleuten ( NED )Team BikeExchange
2Elisa Longo Borghini ( ITA )Trek–Segafredo
3Marianne Vos ( NED )Team Jumbo–Visma
4Demi Vollering ( NED )SD Worx
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How long does it take to ride 100 miles on a bike? ›

Unless the 100 miler you're gunning for is pancake flat and you can easily cruise at 20+ mph (in which case you can adjust that max time downward), a rolling century will take you 6 ½ to 7 hours (using 15 mph as an average).

How long does it take to ride 100 miles? ›

How Long Does It Take To Ride 100 Miles. Riding time varies largely on terrain and experience level, a 100 mile bike ride can take anywhere from 4 hours to 10 hours.

Is the RideLondon hard? ›

There isn't a climb anywhere on the route, but don't let that lull you into a false sense of security. 102 miles is still a big day out, and some of the roads coming back into London do gently undulate. Easy with fresh legs, but if you've been riding in a fast group for 60 miles the fatigue can sneak up on you.

Which is the most prestigious cycling Monument? ›

The Tour of Flanders (Ronde van Vlaanderen, or just De Ronde) is unquestionably cycling's best monument.

Who has ridden the most Grand Tours? ›

Eddy Merckx, with 11 victories, has won the most Grand Tours. Bernard Hinault is second with 10 and Jacques Anquetil is third with eight. Merckx, Fausto Coppi and Alfredo Binda have won the most Giros, each winning five during their career.

Is Paris-Roubaix a Monument? ›

Often described as the Queen of the Classics or the Hell of the North, Paris-Roubaix is the third Monument of the cycling season and arguably the most recognisable event in the sport after the Tour de France.

How many cycling classics are there? ›

The Monuments are five classic cycle races generally considered to be the oldest, hardest and most prestigious one-day events in men's road cycling. They each have a long history and specific individual characteristics.

Why is it called Paris Roubaix? ›

Paris–Roubaix is one of the oldest races of professional road cycling. It was first run in 1896 and has stopped only for the two world wars and the COVID-19 pandemic. The race was created by two Roubaix textile manufacturers, Théodore Vienne (born 28 July 1864) and Maurice Perez.

What is the oldest race in the world? ›

The African San people have been found to be the most ancient race in the world in a huge genetic study. The people, who have lived as hunter-gatherers for thousands of years, are the direct relations of early modern humans who migrated from the continent to spread their DNA throughout the world.

How long can you cycle non stop? ›

What's the longest distance one can cycle in a day? The record stands at 871 km in 24 hours.

What is the cycling equivalent of a marathon? ›

It is generally accepted that a cycling marathon is 100 miles, also known as a 'century'. It is understood that it generally takes about the same level of energy and time to run one mile as it does to cycle 4 miles. So the 26-mile running marathon is equivalent to 100 miles cycling.

What is considered a long bike ride? ›

For intermediate cyclists, 40-60 miles would be a long ride. And for advanced cyclists, a long ride would be 70-100+ miles. Now, for some folks, even a 20-mile bike ride would be a huge challenge.

Which country is famous for cycling? ›

France. Home to the world's most famous cycling race, the Tour de France, fine cycling routes are abundant.

What do you call a group of cyclists? ›

In a road bicycle race, the peloton (from French, originally meaning 'platoon') is the main group or pack of riders.

How much money does a pro cyclist make? ›

Six million euros ($6.6 million) a year, that's how much. At least, that's what a report published this weekend by sports finance outlet Calcio e Finanza suggests Tadej Pogačar is earning in 2022. The Calcio e Finanza study shows the top 20 salaries for male pro cyclists in 2022.

Who is the fastest cyclist? ›

Denise Mueller-Korenek

What is the Queen's stage in cycling? ›

queen stage The most difficult stage of a multi-day road race, typically involving multiple difficult climbs.

Who is the goat of road cycling? ›

Riding with Eddy Merckx - the GOAT — Roadbook of Cycling.

Is Giro harder than Tour? ›

In simple terms yes but it is much harder to win TdF than it is the Giro, generally. Coming so early in the season the Giro is pretty tough for riders to prepare for.

What is the hardest climb in cycling? ›

If you're looking for the most difficult and challenging cycling climb in the world, Mauna Kea consistently ranks as the top of the list no matter what metric is used. The long and grueling ride is rewarded with gorgeous views and a sense of relief and accomplishment whenyou finally finish.

What is the most successful cycling team? ›

That makes him the most successful rider in the history of the World Ranking, which admittedly is only seven years old, as he beat Peter Sagan's 2016 tally of 5,359 by a mere four points.
...
Teams.
Pos.TeamResult
1SD Worx12389
2Trek-Segafredo9158
3Movistar9067
4Team DSM6414
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Nov 3, 2021

What cycling races will be on Peacock 2022? ›

PEACOCK PRESENTS LIVE COVERAGE OF EVERY STAGE OF 2022 VUELTA A ESPANA, THE FINAL GRAND TOUR OF CYCLING SEASON, BEGINNING THIS FRIDAY, AUG. 19.

Where can I watch the Vuelta 2022? ›

HOW CAN I WATCH LA VUELTA ON TV AND LIVESTREAM? Each and every stage will be broadcast on Eurosport and GCN+, bookended by The Breakaway, presented by Orla Chennaoui.

Will there be a tour of California in 2022? ›

Organizers of the 2022 California Coast Classic Bicycle Tour + Arthritis Challenge Experience presented by Amgen, announced that 70 spaces remain for its 8-day, 525-mile, in-person tour down the California Coast this September 10-17.

Which cycling races are on Eurosport? ›

  • 27 Oct 2022. REPLAY. Cycling. Tour de France | 2023. ...
  • 18 Oct 2022. REPLAY. Cycling. Tour of Langkawi | Highlights. ...
  • 17 Oct 2022. REPLAY. Cycling. Tour of Langkawi | Stage 7. ...
  • 16 Oct 2022. REPLAY. Cycling. Veneto Classic. ...
  • 15 Oct 2022. REPLAY. Cycling. ...
  • 14 Oct 2022. REPLAY. Cycling. ...
  • 13 Oct 2022. REPLAY. Cycling. ...
  • 12 Oct 2022. REPLAY. Cycling.

Where can I watch cycling races? ›

The TL;DR is that NBC holds rights to ASO races like the Tour de France and Paris-Roubaix (men's and women's events); RCS events (Giro d'Italia, Milan-San Remo) are on GCN+, and Flanders Classics (Ronde van Vlaanderen, Gent-Wevelgem) and World Championships are on Flo Bikes.

Does ESPN cover cycling? ›

The agreement also includes events such as La Vuelta, Critérium du Dauphiné , Paris-Nice, and the Tour Down Under from 2023 to 2027. In this way, ESPN continues to be the home of cycling, with the world's top cycling races and an unparalleled content portfolio.

Is there a cycling channel? ›

The cycling channel provides you 24/7 amateur cycling. Watch our bikers in first person, racing around the USA and Europe. Together with Norcal Cycling, this channel covers strategy, technique, equipment, nutrition, etc. with a focus on road and criterium events.

Which TV channel is showing La Vuelta? ›

How can I watch La Vuelta on TV and livestream? Each and every stage will be broadcast on Eurosport and GCN+, bookended by The Breakaway, presented by Orla Chennaoui. Adam Blythe and Dan Lloyd will also be in the studio, while Laura Meseguer will be on-site speaking to the people that matter.

Where can I watch Tour of Spain 2022? ›

The Vuelta will be available to view in the USA on Peacock Premium (opens in new tab). A seven-day free trial is available, while a subscription to Peacock Premium will set you back $4.99 (or $9.99 without ads) per month. FloBikes (opens in new tab) will air the race in Canada.

What TV channel is La Vuelta on? ›

ITV retains the right to show the highlights of the Vuelta live. ITV4, however, will broadcast every aspect of the event apart from the team time trial. These are some of the options of catching the Vuelta a Espana 2023 on television.

Will Tour of California come back? ›

It is on hiatus for 2020 and would have been cancelled due to COVID-19. No plans have been announced regarding if or when the tour will return.
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Tour of California.
Race details
DateMay (Formerly in February)
RegionCalifornia, United States
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI World Tour
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Is the Tour of California coming back in 2023? ›

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Hey, there desperados! The Eagles return to the Valley of the Sun in 2023 for their latest Hotel California Tour. The legendary band will land March 1 at Footprint Center, where they will perform with a live accompanying choir and orchestra.

Who won Tour of California 2022? ›

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) won the Amgen Tour of California with a bike throw on Sunday. Sagan began the day in second place overall, and Etixx-Quick-Step did its level best to keep him there, behind race leader Julian Alaphilippe.

Where can I watch cycling in the UK? ›

The Tour of Britain is televised live on ITV4 in the UK and around the world by Eurosport and the Global Cycling Network (GCN).

How can I watch cycling in the UK? ›

Watch Cycling Live on Eurosport.

Does Eurosport show cycling? ›

With all three Grand Tours and the Spring Classics covered live, Eurosport Player is the “Home of Cycling” Available on Eurosport app. Subscription and Internet connection required. Age 18+.

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