WIGGLE MAGNIFICAT SPORTIVE
Jul
9
7:00 am07:00

WIGGLE MAGNIFICAT SPORTIVE

BIKE-FIXED WILL BE THERE ON THE DAY PROVIDING MECHANICAL ASSISTANCE FOR ALL REGISTERED RIDERS!

Celebrating its 11th year in 2017, the Wiggle MagnifiCat sportive has gained the reputation of a prestigious event with a fierce pedigree and formidable challenge. Forging the rolling Hampshire countryside and classic climbs on the South Downs as one, this event is one of a carefully picked few that many cyclists aim to tick off the ‘to do’ list.

The longest route of the MagnifiCat – one of our oldest events – spans 124 miles and will drag you over more than 6,500ft (2,000m) of hill climbing action. Based on the UCI European Golden Bike Events model, the route is a simple anti-clockwise loop that begins in Newbury.

There’s enough climbing action in this ride to keep your legs turning over – and the most challenging of them all can be despatched first of all as the long stretch from Combe to Ibthorpe is up first. Once this is over with, you’ll plunge back down to the level from which you’ve just climbed, before another steep test for the legs just after the 20-mile marker.

The terrain tends to settle after this for a while, albeit with consistent rolling roads, but there are more great climbs to come. In fact, there are nine major climbs in all on this route.

Moving around the western outskirts of Andover, you’ll pass over the top of Winchester and head south, stretching out the loop until it’s time to head north and back towards the Basingstoke and Deane district. Don’t be deceived by the lack of climbs on this part of the route – there’s enough here to make for a fast and technical sportive, well worth ticking off the list.

WIGGLE COTSWOLDS SPORTIVE
Jul
15
7:25 am07:25

WIGGLE COTSWOLDS SPORTIVE

BIKE-FIXED WILL BE THERE ON THE DAY PROVIDING MECHANICAL ASSISTANCE FOR ALL REGISTERED RIDERS!

There’s a reason holidaymakers flock to the Cotswolds in their droves – its amazingly scenic countryside makes for the perfect weekend’s cycling. A selection of great climbs and miles of rolling rural roads provide an ideal mix for a day in the saddle.

Soon after you set off from the venue, you’ll be faced with one of the first major climbing tests of the event straight away. Moving up Round Hill, make sure to catch your breath and check out the magnificent surrounding views as you crest the climb.

Once you’ve reached the top of this climb, it’s plain sailing until the next big ascent as you can concentrate on peddling away the miles and taking in the surrounding scenery at the same time. A reassuring downhill drop will open up just before passing Toddington Stanway – hold onto your bars, as this is fast one.

Sure enough, as inviting descents come, uphill challenges will lie in wait as you’ll be out of the saddle again soon after to tackle the next hill between Snowshill and Saintbury. As soon as this is behind you, though, you’ll be able to power through the final few miles on a series of fast and technical country lanes leading back to Cheltenham. A finisher’s medal, t-shirt and well-earned PowerBar recovery product wait for you at ride HQ.

WIGGLE CHILTERN CLASSIC SPORTIVE
Aug
5
7:30 am07:30

WIGGLE CHILTERN CLASSIC SPORTIVE

BIKE-FIXED WILL BE THERE ON THE DAY PROVIDING MECHANICAL ASSISTANCE FOR ALL REGISTERED RIDERS!

The Chiltern Hills double up their uses in the Wiggle Chiltern Classic sportive: not only do the winding roads make for some inspired climbing action on the bike, the hills are also a sight to behold whether viewed from the bottom, the top or halfway up on a demanding test of stamina.

Straight out of the starting blocks, this ride will have you going through the gears as we ease you in on a gradual gradient, moving out of the Adams Park departure point in High Wycombe, before making you familiar with the kind of swooping descent that drops as much as you’ll have to make up soon after, a common trait for this swooping course.

Once you’ve crossed under the M40, the gradient settles and you’re free to get into your own rhythm, pace and time, not dictated by hill climbs, making this a great mid-season test for riders keen on testing their hand against the clock on a kinder course.

Once you’re past the outskirts of Thame, you’ll find yourself among peerless views across the Aylesbury Vale district in an area lined with quaint and quiet villages as you traverse the sheltered country lanes that link them. On leaving the loop exclusive to Epic course riders – just east of Oxford – you’ll enter the Chiltern Hills area once more on the way back to base.

A handful of manageable climbs wait before you can claim your finisher’s medal, t-shirt and PowerBar recovery product, and hopefully you’ll have enough left in the tank to enjoy these on completion of a rewarding day out on the bike!

WIGGLE SUSSEX SURREY SCRAMBLE SPORTIVE
Aug
13
7:30 am07:30

WIGGLE SUSSEX SURREY SCRAMBLE SPORTIVE

BIKE-FIXED WILL BE THERE ON THE DAY PROVIDING MECHANICAL ASSISTANCE FOR ALL REGISTERED RIDERS!

Some of the best cycling action in the south of England can be found on the North and South Downs – and this links the two as the routes combine both Sussex and Surrey to give you a day of frequent mild climbing action and sublime scenery on a carefully selected series of quiet and sheltered rural roads.

Starting just outside Coneyhurst, you’ll cross the River Arun and head south, encountering the first troublesome gradient of the day shortly before you pass through Fittleworth. This, like most of the hills on the whole route of the day, should provide a gentle test for the legs as small ascents such as these crop up little and often.

Entering the South Downs National Park, another small challenge lays in wait just before Upwaltham – followed by another soon after on a twin-peak mini-test. Continuing on a clockwise loop, the next small climb around 10 miles later should be the last of the taxing ascents of the day as you head upwards on the map, this time towards the North Downs.

These moderately hilly surroundings will not pose too much of a threat, making for more of what could be described as a lumpy section of terrain until the finish line. Short and sharp hills will present themselves occasionally but you’re likely to appreciate the rolling roads that stand between you and a finisher’s medal, t-shirt and PowerBar recovery product waiting for you at the finish line.

WIGGLE TEMPEST SPORTIVE
Sep
2
7:30 am07:30

WIGGLE TEMPEST SPORTIVE

BIKE-FIXED WILL BE THERE ON THE DAY PROVIDING MECHANICAL ASSISTANCE FOR ALL REGISTERED RIDERS!

Don’t be deceived by the picturesque Warwickshire scenery on view in the Wiggle Tempest – the countryside climbs will creep up on you soon enough as you cross the River Avon and pass through a number of quaint and pretty old typically English villages.

Starting just outside Warwick, you’ll head straight onwards on one of a number of the ride’s Roman roads, passing Wolverton and eventually turning off at Little Alne on what will have been plain sailing so far, as far as any gain in gradient is concerned.

Looping around, you’ll continue on the fast and technical small country lanes until reaching the first feed stop in Binton. Back in the saddle, it’s back onto the long and straight roads as you edge away at the miles. On the longest straight section of the course, which passes through Honeybourne, a village typical of the area, you’ll take on the biggest climb of the ride, which peaks at around 750ft of elevation gain.

The rest of the ride will feel more broken up after taking on the long straight, as you’ll pass through a number of sleepy villages on the way back to the Warwick ride HQ, where you’ll receive a finisher’s medal, t-shirt and PowerBar recovery product on completion of the ride. It’s a tough day out on the longest distance but very rewarding all the same.

WIGGLE NEW FOREST 100 SPORTIVE
Sep
16
Sep 17

WIGGLE NEW FOREST 100 SPORTIVE

BIKE-FIXED WILL BE THERE ON THE DAY PROVIDING MECHANICAL ASSISTANCE FOR ALL REGISTERED RIDERS!

Much like the Wiggle New Forest Spring sportive, which runs earlier in the year, this event also takes pride in being a ‘must do’ on many cyclists’ tick lists. As a result, this has also sold out long before the day on each of the years it has run, so book now to avoid disappointment.

One of the highlight of this ride are the first blushes of autumn colour present in the national park’s foilage — transforming the forest into a southern English wonderland. As a result of this mollifying scenery, combined with a relatively low 4,461ft of climbing, the Epic 100-mile route — for those who choose it — could potentially be one of the easiest century rides you’ll do.

You’ll start your ride by crossing the River Avon before heading into the pretty New Forest village of Ringwood. Threading through country lanes on the outskirts of the forest, before long you’ll enter the park proper, riding through the small communes of Linwood and Fritham where free-roaming ponies, cattle, donkeys and other cyclists will likely be your only company on the road.

Once at the village of Wick, Epic riders will head off for a long loop along the sheltered back lanes east of Salisbury, taking in attractive scenery in such areas as Farley, West Winterslow and West Dean. Once the extra miles have been added it’s time to rejoin the main route and you’ll skip back to the other side of the River Avon and head through Cranborne, Verwood and Three Legged Cross on the way back to the finish line. The short and punchy climbs will suit the budding puncheurs on the sportive circuit. Join thousands of other riders by signing up for your place now.

Somerley House and Gardens is not usually open to the public; however, as an added bonus, riders and supporters will have the chance to view some of the state rooms within the house and have access to the gardens on the event day.

WIGGLE EXMOUTH EX-TERMINATOR SPORTIVE
Oct
15
7:20 am07:20

WIGGLE EXMOUTH EX-TERMINATOR SPORTIVE

BIKE-FIXED WILL BE THERE ON THE DAY PROVIDING MECHANICAL ASSISTANCE FOR ALL REGISTERED RIDERS!

Put your summer training to the test in the Wiggle Exmouth Ex-terminator in what is, as the name suggests, an event that is difficult to beat with its numerous tough climbs. Reflective of a true Devon sportive, with a tough, undulating hilly landscape – the hard work will be worth it with unspoilt sea views, patchwork field views and quiet back roads reflective of the region.

Starting from Bicton College you’ll head towards the coast first of all as you reach the up-and-down gradients around Budleigh. Continuing to follow the stunning coastline, take in the sea views as you ride past Sidmouth and touch the tip of the stunning Salcombe Regis.

Just as you think the gradient is settling down when you’re heading out towards Seaton, it’ll slowly start to ramp up once more until you reach a momentary climbing peak, rolling along the top of a plateau, before plunging into another series of hilly drops and climbs.

Crossing over the A303, you’ll head in-land. Eventually, you’ll reach the last climb of note before reaching Tiverton – from which point it’s relatively plain sailing all the way back to ride HQ for a finisher’s medal, t-shirt and PowerBar recovery product. If this ride hasn’t terminated you, we’re sure you’ll be saying “I’ll be back…” for more.


COBBLER CLASSIC SPORTIVE
Jun
17
7:30 am07:30

COBBLER CLASSIC SPORTIVE

BIKE-FIXED WILL BE THERE ON THE DAY PROVIDING MECHANICAL ASSISTANCE FOR ALL REGISTERED RIDERS!

Taking its name from the shoe-making history of its Northamptonshire surroundings, the Cobbler Classic Sportive will take you through some of the county’s best sights and cycling roads.

There are no major climbs on the course, leaving you to set your own stride on an undulating route that never levels out but in fact helps with the odd short downhill push every now and again. As you set off from just outside Brackley, you’ll pass through the sleepy villages of Shalstone and Chackmore, with quiet country lanes connecting them, before going over the top of Silverstone – the historic race track on your left on the way through.

Pushing on, you’ll dip into Towcester before it’s out into the open once more and after a stretch on a long and straight country lane, it’s time for the first feed stop of the day just outside Farthingstone. One or two short and sharp climbs may crop up around this part of the course, but climbs tend to be rolling, brief and joined up, making this an ideal all-weather event – ideal for the early season elements.

As you weave through rural roads that lead to villages such as Charwelton, Byfield and Culworth on the way back to the ride HQ, you can afford to empty the tank near the end as the gradient will stay the same throughout. After reaching Biddleston, you’re nearly there, and ready to claim a well-deserved finisher’s medal and PowerBar recovery product once over the line.

WIGGLE SUSSEX GRAN FONDO
Jun
3
7:00 am07:00

WIGGLE SUSSEX GRAN FONDO

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The Wiggle Sussex Gran Fondo will show you the best of what West Sussex and Hampshire have to offer – and then both the North and South Downs - yep, the 125-mile route really is a long one. Nine major climbs and five other significant ascents will come before you as this mega-mile epic unfolds, giving this the potential to be your crowning glory of the season’s riding success.

Starting just outside of Chichester, the route passes Cocking, flirts with Midhurst and almost kisses Liphook, skirting under Petersfield before heading north.

A High Cross feed stop signifies the highest north this will take you, before looping back. Small villages such as Kilmeston, Warnford and Brockbridge will soon blur into one as you count down the miles until the finish line.

Crossing over the top of Portsmouth, then Chichester, it’s smooth sailing back to base camp. After a mega day of riding, you’ll need those last few miles to be as straightforward as possible!

CYCLING WEEKLY DARTMOOR DEMON SPORTIVE
Apr
29
7:25 am07:25

CYCLING WEEKLY DARTMOOR DEMON SPORTIVE

BIKE-FIXED WILL BE THERE ON THE DAY PROVIDING MECHANICAL ASSISTANCE FOR ALL REGISTERED RIDERS!

Be prepared for an eyeful of Devon’s most glorious countryside in the Dartmoor Demon. Straight from the off, you’ll be marvelling at the stunning Haldon Forest before heading down the River Teign.

It won't be long before you see the last of civilisation for a few hours as the circle around and through Dartmoor National Park begins, which lead through quiet and sprawling lanes on undulating terrain.

As much as the moors are sparse, there’s enough to keep you interested as you tackle the short and punchy climbs throughout – not forgetting a few long ascents as well. Old brick bridges and deserted roads make up most of the scenery on the road as you pass through the National Park – before meeting and skirting around the ever-eerie and element-exposed HM Prison Dartmoor in Princetown.

Flatter terrain waits in the far side of the Park, while the pinch point of Buckfastleigh signals the start of the most testing climbing action that this event has to offer. Crossing the River Dart is a prelude to the 25% climb that faces rides coming out of Poundsgate.

The toughest part of the Dartmoor Demon sportive done, it’s not over yet as two more 20% ascents sit between the toughest climbing of the day and a finisher’s medal. Heading back through Haldon Forest to the racecourse finish point, every rider crossing the line will have a story to tell from a tough but rewarding day out riding.

WIGGLE NEW FOREST SPRING SPORTIVE
Apr
8
Apr 9

WIGGLE NEW FOREST SPRING SPORTIVE

BIKE-FIXED WILL BE THERE ON THE DAY PROVIDING MECHANICAL ASSISTANCE FOR ALL REGISTERED RIDERS!

The Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive is one of our most popular event and has become a welcome start-of-season test for for many cyclists. Due to its popularity, the event runs on both a Saturday and Sunday – and usually sells out before the day. Take this as a sign that you’ll get your cycling fill from this sportive, which takes in much of the stunning New Forest on the route.

WIGGLE UPS AND DOWNS MTB
Mar
12
7:30 am07:30

WIGGLE UPS AND DOWNS MTB

BIKE-FIXED WILL BE THERE ON THE DAY PROVIDING MECHANICAL ASSISTANCE FOR ALL REGISTERED RIDERS!

The Surrey Hills are oft-explored by our road-riding cycling cousins, yet there’s so much more to see off the beaten track on the trails and sprawling wooded sections of the rural area – taking in similar areas of the North Downs and beyond in the Wiggle Ups and Downs MTB sportive.

WIGGLE UPS AND DOWNS SPORTIVE
Mar
11
7:30 am07:30

WIGGLE UPS AND DOWNS SPORTIVE

Bike-fixed will be there on the day providing mechanical assistance for all registered riders!

Inevitably, the clue is in the name of the Wiggle Ups and Downs sportive. It’s an early-season test like few others and its many climbs and descents will get the heart racing no matter what. The tight and technical turns in the fast country lanes add to a great variety of climbing roads in the North and South Downs on a great test of a route.