From whizzing round a velodrome to tackling one of the toughest sportives on the circuit, here are some ideas to add to your must-ride list
What is it? “One of the toughest endurance events on the planet,” is the short answer, according to Cyclist. The 312km route will see you cycling past the island’s most breathtaking spots and up some of its most notorious climbs (4,300m in total). There are shorter options available: 167km and 225km.
Why would I want to do that? Mallorca 312 celebrates its 10-year anniversary next year.
When, where, how much? The 2019 Mallorca 312 takes place on Saturday 27 April, starting at Playa de Muro. Entry opens in October 2018.
For more information, visit www.mallorca312.com
What is it? “Freezing temperatures, 17 hours of darkness, miles upon miles of gruelling terrain…”
Erm, OK. Why would I want to do that? Braggers’ rights, of course. Words like “legendary” and “brutal” are like catnip to MTB riders wanting to push themselves to the limit… and come out the other side smiling.
I need more information. According to the official blurb, the ‘Puffer follows the traditional MTB format with laps of a 12.5km course. Riders start at 10am on Saturday morning and must start their final lap on 10am the following day (completing it by 11am).
When, where, how much? The 2019 Strathpuffer takes place on Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 January at Torachilty Forest in Scotland. Entry opens on Wednesday 4 July. Entry fee tbc.
For more information, visit https://strathpuffer.co.uk/
What is it? “The toughest, baddest sportive in the land,” according to Simon Warren, the rider/writer of 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs.
Why would I want to do that? The Fred Whitton Challenge is a challenging and popular 112mi ride around the Lake District, taking in climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands and more. Top riders get round in six hours; mortals take up to 11 hours+.
When, where, how much? The 2019 Fred Whittion Challenge takes place on Sunday 12 May, starting at Grasmere. Details of how to enter will be available on the website on Saturday 1 December.
For more information, visit www.fredwhittonchallenge.co.uk
What is it? Terrifying, thrilling and, according to one journalist, instantly addictive, riding at the velodrome is likely a dream for many readers of this blog. Lucky for us, Cycling Weekly put together a fantastic guide on how to turn this dream into a reality.
Why would I want to do that? It can really help hone your skills, including riding in a close-knit bunch and race tactics. It’s also super cool.
When, where, how much? Most velodromes will assess your skills then offer tailor-made sessions depending on your skills. Taster sessions, club and group classes are available, as are classes aimed at young riders, juniors, seniors and veterans. Velodromes are located up and down the UK, but check out Cycling Weekly’s comprehensive list to find our more about what your local track offers.
For more information, visit Cycling Weekly.