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Cycling Challenges For When We Are Allowed Back Outside

Words by Cycles UK

on 25/03/2020 17:08:19

bike adventures

It's going to be essential to keep fit and healthy these upcoming weeks. We all know exercise isn't just good for you physically but mentally too. Getting enough may not be as easy as usual, but it will be vital to helping you stay healthy and not lose those months or hard-earned gains.

We were thinking it may be difficult to stay motivated, so we're going to keep our focus by training for a big outdoor challenge when things are back to normal. There are a lot of amateur events we could get training for here is a bit of inspiration and some information to help you out:

Tour Divide Race

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"The Great Divide Route is the world's longest off-pavement cycling route" which involves weeks of off-road riding including long unmarked dirt roads and jeep trails. You'll ride through the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, and the United States of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. The climbing total of the tour divide is almost 200,000 the equivalent of riding up Mount Everest from sea-level seven times. If that's not challenging enough, there's the wildlife to contend with such as mountain lions and grizzly bears.

Transalp

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Hailed as the most "The most spectacular mountain bike stage race across the Alps!" You get to ride through spectacular mountain bike trails through beautiful landscapes. You'll be riding approximately 500 km climbing more than 18.000 meters in seven days.

Raid Pyrenean

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Raid Pyrenean is more of a challenge than an event. Rides tend to take place between 1st June and 30th September. You can do this "randonnée" ride independently or as part of an organised event which there are many tour companies you can pay to provide support and organise this event for you such as camping or staying in hotels.

There are two official versions of the Raid; a 720 km route to be completed in under 100 hours as an Audax or a 790 km route to be completed in under ten days for cycle tourists. Both routes start on the Atlantic coast just and finish on the Mediterranean cost, cutting along the length of the Pyrenees.  A medal and certificate are awarded on successful completion. You can enter the event by contacting the CCB (Cyclo Club Bérnais) and obtaining an official "carnet", which you get stamped at various control points (usually cafés or shops) along the route.

Tuscany Trail

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The Tuscany Trail is the world's largest bikepacking event held every year in Tuscany. Hundreds of cyclists from more than 30 countries around the world join every edition. Experience a unique 500 km long adventure that that takes you through enchanted forests and thousand-year-old towns. There's no time limit and no support. The route is loaded onto your GPS, so you know where you're going.

The Rift Gravel Race in Iceland

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The Rift is a 125-mile off-road gravel bike race through the dark lava fields in the highlands of Iceland. Traversing the continental rift between North America and Eurasia - a rift that grows one inch every year creating a surreal emote, rugged and unpredictable landscape.

The website has a lot of support, including things like where to stay.

L'eroica

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The Eroica is non-competitive and takes place in Siena Italy. The event is open to everybody but does have a theme that is that you complete the route on a vintage bike and kit that means anything pre-1987. The route often includes unpaved roads. It is held in the first Sunday of October. The event is open to everybody, but cyclist participating with a vintage bike are honoured with a certificate certifying their participation. Vintage bicycles are defined by characteristics typical of racing bikes used until the 1980s. These include:

  • steel frame
  • gear levers mounted on the down tube of the frame
  • external wires
  • pedals with toe straps
  • wheels with at least 32 spokes and low-profile rims

Ride across Wisconsin

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Wisconsin is where our friends over at Trek are based. The ride across Wisconsin kind of does what it says on the tin and takes you right across the state. It has a one and two-day option

1 Day- 225 Miles & 100 Mile Ride Options

2 Day- 225 Miles: La Crosse > Plover (overnight)> Green Bay

It's not a race more about offering scenic views across some of the most beautiful back roads Wisconsin has to offer.

You will be taken care of, with fully stocked rest stops every 25 miles, SAG support and on road mechanical repair.

If you're looking for adventure a bit closer to home

Grinduro

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The Grinduro has been voted "Event of the Year" by the Design and Innovation Awards committee. Half festival half bike race The Grinduro has six locations (Switzerland, Canada, Japan, Wales, USA and Australia.

The Grinduro is unique because it combines the best elements of a mountain bike enduro with a gravel grinder-style road race. Festivities include an impressive display of art and music, excellent food, great people and camping!

Coast to Coast (UK)

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Coast to Coast is a 140-mile route from the scenic coast of northwest England through the Northern Lakes and over the Pennines before reaching its conclusion on the shores of the North Sea: Tyneside or Roker Marina in Sunderland, take your pick.

You can also choose where you start from Whitehaven old port which is the most popular of the three. St Bees is the most scenic option, starting on the golden sands of the bay and finally, Workington, which winds its way to Bassenthwaite Lake before re-joining the route this route avoids the first big climb, over Whinlatter. The C2C website is worth checking out as it has a few other good UK rides for even inspiration.

Great North Trail (UK)

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The Great North Trail starts in the Southern peak district and runs to John O'Groats at the very edge of Scotland. Cycling UK developed the route from existing and newly negotiated off-road trails. The 750-Mile route is made up of diverse terrains such as rugged moorland, remote loch paths and forest. The route is not designed to be easy or the quickest rather more inspiring and full of adventure.