Cycling is one of the best ways to keep fit and there are loads of ways you can take part in the activity.
Amateur cyclists may find it difficult to decide where they should go, but there lots of events that follow a pre-set route that are a great way to see new places or discover new roads in familiar regions.
Read on for our top four recommendations of sportives to ride in the south of England this summer.
Sussex Gran Fondo – Saturday, June 2 – Fontwell, West Sussex
Many riders in the south-east of England have probably ridden on roads in the North Downs or South Downs, but few would have ridden both in the same day.
The Sussex Gran Fondo gives you the opportunity to do just that, taking in the scenery of both of these range of hills on the long 201km route.
If you don’t fancy riding over 200km, there are shorter routes of 43km, 104km and 158km.
Wiggle MagnifiCat – Saturday, June 16 – Newbury, Berkshire
The 2018 edition of the Wiggle MagnifiCat will offer four routes – 48, 106, 160 and 201km – meaning that most riders can find a manageable route.
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.
Use Borgata casino bonus codes to help fund your trip and spend a few days around the event in the magnificent countryside in the region.
RideLondon-Surrey 100 – Sunday, July 29 – London and Surrey
This mass participation event sees over 25,000 amateur riders set out from the Olympic Park for a 161km ride through London and the Surrey Hills, all on closed roads.
Places are picked on a ballot system as demand far outstrips supply. For those lucky enough to get a place they can ride in the tyre-tracks of the London 2012 Olympians.
RideLondon also generates sustainable, long-term economic benefit to the UK alongside the money raised for good causes, as participants and spectators alike come to London to spend their time and money in the capital.
Circuit of Kent – Sunday, September 9 – Sevenoaks, Kent
This sportive offers routes of 40, 80 and 130km through the Kent countryside South East of Sevenoaks.
The route follows the countryside of the Darling Buds of May, of oast houses, orchards and hop fields, and of some imagined rural idyll of the early 1950s.
Although close to London, the “Garden of England” is, once you get south of Maidstone and the M20, a rural paradise of tiny lanes meandering between sleepy villages.