As we begin to put away our skis and snowboards, we are now looking forward to more time out on the bike. 2018 is set to be another fantastic year for cyclists and cycling fans.
In this blog we’re taking a quick look at just some of the exciting events coming up over the next few months.
We have hardcore cyclists here and also a few fair weather riders so we cover every basis on that front. But no matter what type of cyclist they are, everyone has their favourite races. Here’s a selection of a few of our favourites that are coming up….
When: Sunday, April 7 2018
There’s few races that come close to Paris-Roubaix in the professional cycling calendar. There are plenty of long races in the calendar, and many that include the odd patch of cobblestones, but none compare in sheer difficulty or uniqueness to Paris-Roubaix.
Not only are there a lot of cobbles (54.5km for those who love stats), but they’re also on a whole different level to those we see at the likes of Tour of Flanders.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on Dimension Data and EF Education First-Drapac!
Tour De Yorkshire
When: 3-6 May 2018
The fourth edition of the race sees it gain an extra day, rising from three to four stages. The Women’s TdY also gains a day, and will take place over two stages (May 3-4).
A race made up of 20 teams. Six WorldTour, seven Pro Continental teams, six Continental teams and the Great Britain National Team making up the 20 teams.
Tour of Britain
Where: Across Britain
When: 2-9 September 2018
The Tour of Britain returns for 2018, starting on September 2 it hopes for big crowds as it sweeps across the UK.
They’re yet to announce the route and stage overview, but we’ll update this as soon as we here more.
*Update – We have a route!*
Stage 1 – Pembrey Country Park – The City of Newport – 174.8km
Stage 2 – Cranbrook – Barnstaple – 174.9km
Stage 3 – Bristol – Bristol – 128km
Stage 4 -Nuneaton – R.Leamington Spa – 183.5km
Stage 5 – Cockermouth – Whinlatter – 14km (Team Time Trial)
Stage 6 – Barrow-in-Furness – Whinlatter Pass – 168.3km
Stage 7 – West Bridgford – Mansfield – 215.6km
Stage 8 – London – London – 77km
Tour of Cambridgeshire
When: 2nd-3rd June 2018
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The Tour of Cambridgeshire is one of the hottest events on the sporting calendar, especially in our local area. It’s combines the UK’s first true, fully closed road Gran Fondo and Chrono events, which are part of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series. Should you finish the ride in the top 25% of your Age Group you could go on to represent your country in the UCI GF World Championships, which are being held in Varese, Italy in 2018.
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Tour de France
When: 7-29 July 2018
Running from Saturday July 7th to Sunday July 29th 2018, the 105th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,329 kilometres.
The route this year looks to be quite a special one!
The stages will include:
- 8 flat stages
- 5 hilly stages
- 6 mountain stages and 3 altitude finishes (La Rosière, Alpe d’Huez, Saint-Lary-Soulan col de Portet)
- 1 individual time-trial
- 1 team time-trial
- 2 much needed rest days
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