Cycle events and rides
The Wiltshire Wildcat is held in March at Salisbury Race Course. The event includes 100 miles, 62 miles and 34 miles that cris-crosses the ancient drove trails and Saxon villages of Wiltshire and North Dorset.
The Lionheart Cyclosportive is held in April. It has a 100-mile and a 100km route starting from Longleat near Warminster.
Sams Ride is a non-competitive charity Cycle Sportive around quiet roads in the Hampshire and Wiltshire countryside. The event takes place in May in aid of the Salisbury and District Samaritans. There will be three choices of route – the SERIOUS 100 mile ride, the SPORTY 50 mile ride or the SENSIBLE 25 mile ride – providing something for everyone. The start is near Shipton Bellinger, south of Tidworth.
Elite cycling returns on Sunday 8th May 2016 when the Landmarc Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix races on Wiltshire’s roads again! The race is part of British Cycling’s Elite Road Race Series Spring Cup and attracts the very top professional riders in the UK.
Starting in the Market Square, Salisbury, SP1 1JH, the race starts at 10am with a ceremonial rollout through Salisbury before heading to Wilton for the racing start. The circuit which takes in numerous parishes, including Burcombe, Barford St Martin, Compton Chamberlayne, Fovant, Ebbesbourne Wake, Bishopstone and Broad Chalke, with riders taking on the challenging climb of Fovant Hill multiple times before heading back into Salisbury for the sprint finish.
The race is televised and will provide an incredible visual impact for fans of cycling or those who have seen bike racing on TV and will be thrilling bike fans across the country.
This is your chance to see elite sport up close and personal. It is fast, colourful and free to watch! Why not make a weekend of it. For accommodation go to Visit Wiltshire.
The Great Western Sportive takes place in May, with a fantastic 100 mile route and a huge 1,000 rider capacity. Rolling across the ancient Ridgeway and winding through the beautiful Marlborough Downs, the route is a real treat, with broad, open roads echoing the sweep of the scenery. The folds of the Downs provide the gradients to put you to the test, but this is a ride to reward you for every challenge, not beat you relentlessly into submission.
The Warminster Wobble takes place in June. It is held annually in Warminster Town Park over the course of a summer weekend in conjunction with National Bike Week. The first day usually involves displays, competitions, skills workshops and maintenance advice. The second day has a range of rides at different levels.
The Wiltshire Savernake Sizzler Cycling Challenge takes place in July. This is a fun road cycling event with 3 distances to choose from 32, 56 and 93 miles.
The Castle Combe Summer Series runs in July and August.
The Bradford on Avon cycling festival has events in late August and early September. The main weekend promises to be fun for everyone – from a Hill climb to a Cyclocross race and family rides. Live art, Cycle films and a cycle jumble. And a wonderful bicycle trail all around the town.
The annual Wiltshire 100 takes place in September. It passes through the Wylye Valley, Wilton, Salisbury, the Vale of Pewsey, Severnake Forest and Marlborough.
The Wiltshire Big Wheel takes place in September. A choice of two exciting routes, both starting and finishing in the historic market town of Devizes. Both set off east through the Vale of Pewsey, the scenic 45 mile route heads on through Savernake Forest to the historic market town of Marlborough. Finishing off with a climb over the ridgeway and back into the Vale of Pewsey to the Finish. The 12 mile family route stays within the Vale with a stop at All Cannings for a spot of lunch.
The Cricklade Cycling Festival takes place in September. The Via Roma Sportive is a non-competitive event and has 2 routes to choose from of 40 or 80 miles through the beautiful Cotswold countryside.
Local Sky Rides
If you are new to cycling then joining a Sky Ride Local ride is a great way to start.