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:

  • Kilbride Cyclists Charity Challenge

    Date Tuesday, 06 Jan 2015
    Start PointKilbride Presbyterian Church

    Kilbride Cyclists are proud to offer a scenic country route of 90km around County Antrim which has a few inclines and takes a break in Glenarm for refreshments.

    The Challenge starts and finishes at Kilbride Presbyterian Church which has ample car parking and changing facilities.

    En-route there will be water stations, a “broom wagon” for breakdowns etc. and the event will be assisted by an experienced team of marshalls, with first aid back-up. All finishers will enjoy a BBQ at the finish line and a well earned cuppa.

    For further information please contact

  • Junior Tour Ulster Sportive

    Date Saturday, 07 Feb 2015
    Length30 miles/75 miles
    Start PointBellaghy GAC

    This year, a series of Sportives are being held all over the country to raise funds to ensure the Junior Tour of Ireland continues for the development of our young riders. This is the Ulster edition.

    This leisure sportive has two routes, 75 miles, and 30 miles, with a short loop locally for a Parents/Kids fun cycle. Cyclists will attend from all over the country to help raise funds for the survival of the Junior Tour of Ireland race which is in jeopardy of being cancelled due to lack of funding.

    The Junior Tour of Ireland race is crucial to the development of young riders trying to make their way into the Professional teams. The event has stirred up a lot of interest and there will be lots happening on the day with guest Pro riders and a draw for some fantastic prizes.

    Sign on for this event is from 9 am, leaving at 10 am.

    The routes are available on our facebook page ( Entry is £20 and can be made online via the link below:


  • Tour of Down

    Date Saturday, 14 Feb 2015
    Start PointKatesbridge Hall, Katesbridge

    The West Down Wheelers for the second year running are hosting the Tour of Down Sportive Cycling Challenge on Saturday 18th February 2012. This year there are two planned groups, the first departing at 10.00am the second at 10.15am. The event will start and finish at Katesbridge with sign-on from 9.00am. Changing facilities, toilets and car parking at the hall, toilets and parking on the opposite side of the main Katesbridge Road at the picnic park.

    The planned route is from Katesbridge through Castlewellan, Newcastle, Annalong, Ballymartin, Kilkeel, Rostrevor, up the Newtown road to Hilltown, Castlewellan and finishes at Katesbridge.

    For more information on this event please visit

  • BCC Camlough Spring Sixty Sportive

    Date Sunday, 08 Mar 2015
    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. 

  • Newry Wheelers Hospice Sportive

    Date Sunday, 15 Mar 2015
    Length30 miles/50 miles
    Start PointNewry Sports Centre, Patrick Street, Newry

    Now in its 4th year this popular event has top quality signage, marshalling (motorbikes and static), mechanical back up provided by Bridge End Cycles, lead cars, a Broom wagon and top quality catering at the stop at Rathfriland. 

    The cycle will start at Newry Sports Centre, Patrick Street, Newry and the route will take in some of the most beautiful scenic and coastal routes of the Mournes. 

    There will be a choice of a 30 or 50 mile route on the day and both routes will return to the Sports Centre where there will be refreshments for all. 

    People of ALL abilities are welcome. 

    Registration will take place on the day from 8.30am and Cycle commences at 9.30am.

    All proceeds are in aid of the Southern Area Hospice.  For more information contact Denise Doyle ( 028 302 51333 or Sinead O’Hanlon 07828118364.

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