Explore new roads and experience the thrill of discovering new riding destinations with the Sigma Sports Challenge Series. In association with UK Cycling Events, the 2019 series is made up of ten events and features destinations including Surrey, Devon and North Yorkshire.
Wiltshire Wildcat Sportive
The first Sigma Sports Challenge Series event for 2019, the Wiltshire Wildcat sets out from Salisbury Racecourse on Sunday 16th March and takes in a truly historic route, that showcases some of the areas best preserved Saxon villages and Medieval drovers' trails. Made up of steep climbs and rolling roads, the Short 30 mile, 1614 ft, Standard 61 mile, 3064 ft and Epic 81 mile, 4235 ft routes provide the perfect early-season test.
Surrey Hills Cyclone Sportive
Tough climbs and a memorable day out in the saddle, The Surrey Hills Cyclone Sportive gives you the opportunity to explore some of Surrey and Sussex's best roads. The Short 37 mile, 1804 ft, Standard 53 mile, 2503 ft and Epic 77 mile, 4406 ft routes each feature challenging ascents that are sure to get the heart pumping. Starting at Lingfield Racecourse, the routes plunge you straight into the scenic countryside, as riders follow winding roads, south to the Ashdown Forest. Take in the views over the Weir Wood Reservoir and testing the legs on the infamous climb of Turners Hill before the last ascent of the day, between Felcourt and Dormansland and the finish in Lingfield.
Suffolk Spring Classic Sportive
Spring has sprung by the time the Suffolk Spring Classic Sportive takes place on Saturday 30th March. A route worthy of classics status, the Short 40 mile, Standard 75 mile and Epic 100 mile routes take riders on a, what's sure to be memorable, journey through the countryside of Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex. Heading off from the Newmarket Racecourse the routes take in the quiet lanes and sleepy villages that make Suffolk one of Britain's best places to ride a bike.
Dartmoor Demon Sportive
It's not just the beast of Dartmoor that frequents this region of Devon, as on Saturday 4th May, hundreds of cyclists will descend on Exeter Racecourse to begin the Dartmoor Demon Sportive. Taking you into the untouched and stunning Haldon Forest, the sportive takes you across to the River Teign before heading around and then through Dartmoor National Park. With rolling terrain to warm up the legs, the challenging climb out of Poundsgate, with sections hitting 25%, is sure to test the legs. A Short 25 mile, 2539 ft, Standard 49 mile, 5449 ft and an Epic 88 mile, 9087 ft route are on offer.
The Arrow Sportive
Starting from Market Rasen Racecourse, Lincolnshire on Sunday 26th May, the Sigma Sports The Arrow Sportive is made up of three routes, a Short 52 mile, 1827 ft route, a Standard 81 mile, 2434 route and a 100 mile, 2769 ft Epic route. A sportive named after the typical Lincolnshire flatlands, the Arrow takes in some of the region's quietest and most picturesque roads. Crossing a series of dykes and small rivers, the tail end of the sportive is a rather lumpy affair, before a flat run into the finish at Market Rasen.
West Coast Classic Sportive
A ride from city to sea, taking place on Sunday 14th July, the West Coast Classic Sportive traverses sections of the Bowland en route. A new event, the West Coast Classic Sportive starts in Preston and features a rolling route out before a flatter mid section, only to finish with a section of testing climbs. Choose from a Short 56 mile, 1427 ft, Standard 81 mile, 2883 ft or an Epic 99 mile, 4550 ft route. With mechanical support on the road, online certificates and a selection of feed stops, this is the perfect summer spin.
The Mendips Hills have continuously been voted as one of the best locations for cycling within the UK, which is why the sportive on Sunday 9th September will take you through the beautiful countryside of Cheddar Gorge. A ride for those who have a need for speed with the occasional climb, the route takes the riders through spectacular Somerset, before crossing the River Axe and heading all the way to Blagdon. The Short 34 mile, 731 ft, Standard 63 mile, 3106 ft ft and Epic 96 mile, 5095 ft routes are sure to test the legs on Sunday 9th September.
Ride Yorkshire Sportive
A county with a rich history and passion for cycling, Yorkshire is the setting for the Ride Yorkshire Sportive, which takes place on Sunday 11th August. Revered for its outstanding natural beauty and idlic roads, the sportive takes riders through the iconic landscape that featured in last year's Tour de Yorkshire. Tough climbs and breathtaking views are the order of the day, with highlights including Leighton Reservoir, Hauxwell Moor and Lofthouse. The Short 40 mile, 1167 ft, Standard 72 mile, 3070 ft or 102 mile, 5646 ft routes are designed to show you some of Yorkshire's most spectacular scenery.
Box Hill Original Sportive
A climb that featured in the 2012 London Olympic Road Race, the Surrey Classic Pro Race and the inaugural RideLondon event, Box Hill should be on every cyclist's bucket list. A late season challenge that is sure to keep you riding right through autumn, the sportive takes place on Saturday 5th October and departs from Dunsfold Aerodrome, in Cranleigh, Surrey, for a jaunt around and over the famed hill. Whether you're looking for a big day on the bike or shorter spin out, there are three routes to suit a range of abilities and needs. The Short 33 mile, 1640 ft, Standard 72 mile, 5101 ft and Epic 99 mile, 6246 ft routes are ideal for those looking for that last hit out before winding things down for winter.
Cobbler Classic Sportive
Step up this June and join us on Saturday 19th for the Cobbler Classic Sportive. Taking its name from the shoe-making past the Northamptonshire county possesses, the three rolling routes on offer take in quiet country lanes and cater for cyclists of all abilities. For those looking to tackle their first century, this could be a good event to choose, while the Short and Standard routes, 26 and 64 miles in length, are ideal for those looking for a steady summer ride.