If you don’t do anything else all year, these are the three-line-whipevents because they are our own promotions and we pride ourselves on organising the most fun cycling events on the South West calendar:
Classics Ride Sunday 12th April
Traditionally the day of Paris-Roubaix, this year’s ride is on Easter Sunday so don’t even think of booking any family holidays or you’ll be missing out big-time. Even as you read this, Arran Armstrong is hatching his latest fiendish route, hopefully including two golf courses this time. Afterwards you’ll be able to relax back at the Bath Brewhouse and watch the big race. Other local clubs very welcome, it’s free! Watch out for details in club newsletters and Instagram for non-members.
Midsummer Madness Thursday evening 25th June
Get lost in obscure lanes on the longest evening of the year, find your way back to food and beer, what could possibly go wrong? Venue yet to be decided. Lots of groups and starting times from Cadence Cycles. Other local clubs very welcome, it’s free! Watch out for details in club newsletters and Instagram for non-members.
WTTA Hardriders ’25’ Sunday 30th August
Our 25-mile open time trial, entries here https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/20163The course and HQ venue is likely to change but it will be the same area and a flattish course. An easily achievable distance for beginners, especially if you have taken the opportunity to ride some of the Castle Combe 10s earlier in the year. Marshalls and HQ helpers will be needed, stand by for more info.
Dorothy House ‘Bake-Off’ Ride-Out Sunday 6th September
Based on the success of last year’s event, we’ll be doing this one again and it’s all about our cake-making prowess. Start practicing your recipes now. £10 suggested donation to Dorothy House. We raised £1,400 last year and intend to surpass that in 2020. Watch out for details in club newsletters and Instagram for non-members.
VC Walcot Hill Climb, Claverton Hill, 2pm Sunday 4th October
Our longest-standing event with a legendary reputation in the West Country cycling community. This year we are continuing our push to get as many club members riding as possible, plus of course it is an ‘open’ event for all cycling clubs to enter, both local and further afield. Thanks to our Treasurer Mike Bedford, it looks like we may have a new venue at the Bath Cats & Dogs Home. Watch this space..
Audax: long(er) distance, non-competitive routes, often involving an element of self-navigation and road-less-travelled routes and fabulous cake stops. This year our fave from the last couple of seasons Barry’s Bash has been cancelled, so a couple of other options;
Wells, Mells and Railway Audax 106km Saturday 7th March
The ever-popular early-season climb to the top of Dunkery Beacon via the Quantock and Brendon Hills and back again. Refreshments available at the start and finish and provided free at the Dunkery control. Total climbing of 1700m: http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/19-59/
Dustman Dave’s Demon Hilly 116km Sunday 5th April
116km cycling event starting from Bishops Lydeard, Nr Taunton. Controls at Blue Anchor and Wimbleball Lake, plus 3 information controls. A challenging ride across some lovely scenery on top of the Brendon Hills and Exmoor: http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/17-636/
Unlike Audax events that are simple and self-navigating – which in itself is the challenge for many – Sportive events are signposted with usually well-stocked food stops and finisher medals and the like which of course means they are sometimes a bit more expensive to enter. These are Sportives that we know from experience offer good value for the overall experience.
Flanrou Sunday 8th March, Somerset Levels
120km or 80km, mixed, mainly road terrain, flattish profile with some Classics inspired surfaces, perhaps a nice little prelude to our own Classics ride later on Easter Sunday, 12th April? www.flanrou.com
3 route options over the Blackdown hills, with some quite challenging climbs, event HQ is Taunton Racecourse. Well established, friendly event: https://www.tauntonflyer.co.uk/
Isle of Wight Randonee Sunday 3rd May This has been a well loved VCW event for the last few years, not least because it is FREE to enter. Ferry and places get booked early, so be quick if this one interests you, and it should: https://www.cycleisland.co.uk/
Sunday 17thMay, always the busiest sportive day of the year, this year’s options:
A Scottish classic that has received really good reports from the likes of Jon Cameron and the Buxtons, only charity places remain for 2020, however if you fancy an event further afield then this seems to be a favourite https://www.etapecaledonia.co.uk/
Bike Oxford Sunday Sunday 31st May
Organised by Iconic Events, the same folks who organise Bike Bath, the deal with this one is you get free entry if you help at Bike Bath later in July. This year there will be options to start either at Oxford University Rugby Club or Chipping Norton Rugby Club so we’ll decide later which one when we have more of a concensus on who’s riding. Stand by for full info later on the volunteering plan, there will be a discount code issued to claim your free entry: https://www.bikeoxford.co.uk
Rugby Sportive Sunday 7thJune
A new event this year from the Bath Rugby Foundation, easy to get to from Bath and sure to attract a good contingent from local clubs, choice of distances starting and finishing at Corsham Rugby Club: www.therugbysportive.com
43miles including Cheddar Gorge and Burrington Combe and includes free entry to the National Trust’s Top of the Gorge Festival over the weekend: https://www.mendipsride.com
Bike Bath Sunday 5th July
Our home sportive and based at The Rec, routes are currently being finalised. Like last year and in exchange for a free entry to Bike Oxford or next year’s Bike Bath, we will be looking for volunteers after a fabulous VCW turnout for both volunteering and entering last year. Let’s see if we can top that for 2020. Stand by for full info later on the volunteering plan, there will be a discount code issued to claim your free entry, especially if you helped last year. www.bikebath.co.uk