A summer of cycling is officially underway, and if you are feeling a bit lost now that the Tour de France is over, you’ll be pleased to know that there are some fabulous cycling sportives set to take place this weekend that will keep you occupied from now right up until the La Vuelta 2017 gets underway in Spain next month!
Sunday 30th July promises to be a busy day for cycling in the UK, Austria, and even New Zealand, where a fun winter ride will be held in Okoroire for tough Kiwi and international cyclists who are ready to brave the elements on what could be a very cold and wet winters day below the equator.
Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100, England
The fifth edition of the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 is set to take place in England’s capital this Sunday, and if you would like to see what a world-class festival of cycling looks like, London is the place to be this weekend. The only international seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2018 in South Africa, this race is essential for anyone expecting a good start time at the Cape Argus next spring, but as ballot entries were confirmed months ago, you’ll have to watch from the side-lines if you didn’t manage to secure a spot on this magnificent 100 mile closed-road event.
Arlberg Giro, Austria
If the 100-mile London Prudential seems a little bit timid for your liking, make sure you follow the Arlberg Giro this weekend. Set to take place in St. Anton in the Austrian Alps, this 150km racing bike classic includes two knee-trembling climbs, namely, the Arlbergpass and Silvretta, that will see entrants climb over 2,500 meters on climbs with an average gradient of 15%!! With temperatures expected to exceed 30°C this Sunday, the Arlberg Giro promises to be a hot one!!
Okoroire Mid-Winter Fun Ride, New Zealand
If you prefer being off-road, the Okoroire Mid-Winter Fun Ride in New Zealand could provide your perfect entertainment this Sunday. A 70km mountain bike ride for cyclists of all abilities, it crosses some of New Zealand’s most picturesque landscapes, with just one short climb to test the legs. It’s winter in NZ now, so entrants are going to need to wrap up warmers than those taking part in the Arlberg Giro, but it’s all about getting out in the fresh air and having fun, and at the end of the day, that’s all any cyclist wants!
To all those taking part this weekend – Good Luck!