Cycling Sportives

Cycling sportives are typically the cousin of a runner's marathon - they are long distance, mass participation road cycling events and are becoming very popular all over Ireland and in Great Britain. They are not races, they simply allow cyclists to challenge themselves against the distance and the clock. Sportives are open to all levels of cyclist but ensure you choose an event or distance appropriate to your fitness and experience as some are not for the faint hearted! Below are a list of the sportives in Northern Ireland to choose from:

  • Tour of Down

    Date Saturday, 13 Feb 2016
    Start PointKatesbridge Hall, Katesbridge

    The West Down Wheelers are hosting the Tour of Down Sportive Cycling Challenge. The event starts and finishes at Katesbridge.

    For more information on this event please visit

  • BCC Camlough Spring Sixty Sportive

    Date Sunday, 13 Mar 2016
    Length60 km
    Start PointCarrickcruppen GFC

    The Spring Sixty Sportive will follow 60 km of roads in the beautiful area of South Armagh & North Louth.

    Registration opens at 9.00 am at Carrickcruppen GFC followed by tea/coffee and biscuits.
    Cycle starts at 10.00 am. Fully marshalled (6 motorbikes & static marshals at all main junctions). JMC Cycles will be doing mechanical back up - there will also be a broom van.

    Pit stop at Fitzpatricks award winning restaurant for soup and sandwiches.

    Entry Price £15. 

  • Downpatrick Third World Leisure Cycle

    Date Sunday, 24 Apr 2016
    Start PointDownpatrick Cricket Club

    The family tour is approximately 10 miles from Downpatrick Cricket Club to the Villager restaurant car park in Crossgar (where light refreshments are supplied), and back. Riders can ride safely on the footpath which is great for the kids!  Back at the Cricket Club, there will be more substantial refreshments to feed those aching legs!

    The main tour is approximately 60 miles (100 kms) long, taking in some of County Down’s spectacular scenery. The general route is Downpatrick-Clough-Castlewellan-Bryansford-Newcastle-
    Refreshments will be provided for participants at Dundrum Inner Bay lay-by and then back at Downpatrick Cricket Club.

    Registration from 9:15 am at the Cricket Club with start time at 10 am.
    Motorcycle marshalls and backup vehicles will support both routes.
    Entry fees to be paid at registration on day.
    £10/cyclist or £12/family.

    Note: Cyclists who are not members of Cycling Ireland or the CTC can take out a one-day leisure insurance for just £1.

    Please note that ALL proceeds of this vital tour go to projects in the Third World countries.

  • Grand Italian Fundraiser

    Date Sunday, 24 Apr 2016
    Length80 km
    Start PointGrove Wellbeing Centre

    Phoenix Cycle Club in South Belfast organises this 80km sportive, which will start and end at the Grove Wellbeing Centre on York Road in Belfast.  The route will take in some of Northern Ireland’s most iconic sights as it makes its way towards the Causeway Coast. All money raised from the cycle challenge will be donated to local charity Friends of the Cancer Centre, which works to support cancer patients and their families across Northern Ireland.

    For further information contact

  • Lions 8 Tour

    Date Sunday, 01 May 2016

    For more information please contact the Secretary of East Tyrone Cycling Club:

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