Sportives 2018

I wanted to share with you top sportives in and around London, for 2018, that I've either done or had recommended. 

This year I've only dipped my toe in the adventures that riding a bike can take you. We rode the 70km Japanese Shimanani Kaido across 6 islands, we cycled to and from Amsterdam over the course of a weekend, London to Brighton and back again, London to Paris in 24 hours.


For those that are new to sportives, British Cycling class sportives as

"Sportives are a personal challenge rides allowing you to test your legs without the hassle of having to plan a route yourself. Routes usually range from 20 to 100+ miles, with events running more or less every weekend up and down the country. Sportives are a great way to take your cycling to the next level if you are a regular commuter, take part in led rides, go on weekend rides with friends or simply looking for an opportunity to get out on the bike where all you have to worry about it turning up."

Also check out what rides Dirty Wknd cycle club are putting. They lead regular weekend rides out of London, all levels welcome and a really friendly bunch!



evans cycles ride it london sportive

Dust off the Christmas cobwebs with this Evans organised Sportive. A choice out of three routes, short medium and longer distances. Voted 2 difficulty out of 5. Riding from Osterly out into the countryside.

Date: 15th Jan 2018

When can you enter? Now. 

Price £30

Route: Choice between distances 65km, 86km, 118km

Difficulty: Beginner - advanced




Hell of the Ashdown

A notoriously tough course, taking in 11 of the top climbs in Kent. An incredibly beautiful, but tough route, at an incredibly cold times of the year, remember to layer up!

Date: 18th Feb 2018

When can you enter? Now. 

Price £30

Route 107km, over 2,000m of climbing.

Difficulty: Advanced/difficult




wiggle new forest sportive

Choose from three distances of 48, 80 and 130km routes in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, put on my Wiggle brand.

Date: Sat 8th/Sun 9th April 2018

When can you enter? Now. 

Price £30-£40

Route: Choice between 48km (238m of climbing) 80km (670m of climbing) and 130km (786m of climbing)

Difficulty: Beginner - advanced




PEARSON's BRIGHton and back sportive

Choose to cycle to Brighton ad back, or just one way with Pearson's Cycles, the 'oldest bicycle shop in the world'. A marshalled route, with food/water stations for the longer route. Beginning in through the countryside. Beginning at Royal Marsden, heading out through the countryside of Sussex.

Date: 13th May 2018

When can you enter? Now. 

Price: £35, entries available on the day.

Route: 150km both ways (1650m climbing), 70km just to Brighton

Difficulty: intermediate - advanced



Challenge Sophie has been a social influencer that I have followed for a few years now, an inspiring lady who gave up her 9-5 job to follow her dream. She now organises London To Paris rides every year, London to Paris in 24 hours. Includes luggage transfer, fully signed, GPX route, mechanical support can include accomodation too.

Date: 5-7th May 2018

When can you enter? Now. 

Price: £39.89 – £483.80

Route: 300km

Difficulty: intermediate 



BHF London to Brighton

This is a really fun, huge event, that attracts thousands. All the roads are close off for the event and attracts various levels from complete beginners to advanced. Plenty of food/water stations along the way. Many pubs and village halls open up for the event providing food, music and drinks for all. Mechanic and medical assistance is provided.  The event put on coaches back up to Clapham in London, so don't forget to pre book these. A very well organised events. If you are an advanced cyclists, set off at earliest start time and cycle all the way back too!

Date: 17 June 2018

When can you enter? Now. 

Price £40

Route 86km, over 1,506m of climbing.

Difficulty: Beginner - advanced



prudential ride london 100

Roads are closed for cyclists to ride the Olympic London 2012 route from the Olympic Stadium across London, out to Surrey and back again. It's a 100 mile (160km). A very popular event, so make sure you enter the ballot ASAP! Incredibly well organised, well marshalled, feed/water stations. A chance to cycle through central London down Pall Mall, past Buckingham Palace, out to the famous Box Hill in Surrey!

Date: 29th July 2018

When can you enter? Entries for the ballot is open now, closes Friday 5th January. Enter here

Price: Ballot open now until 5th January, £69

Route: 100mile/160km, over 1,800m of climbing

Difficulty: Beginner - advanced




'the do it' london to brighton bike ride

Organised route with over 4,000 entrants, starting in South London, down to Brighton seafront. A free buffet lunch at Turners Hill, two water stops, mechanical support and a fully sign-posted route. 

Date: 16th September 2018

When can you enter? Now. 

Price £30

Route 107km, over 2,000m of climbing.

Difficulty: Beginner - Intermediate


Have you done a sportive that isn't listed on here? Give in touch and I can add them onto the list :)

Alice x

alice thomasComment