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, 11 Feb 2017
    Length65miles / 43 miles
    Start PointKatesbridge Hall, Katesbridge

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

    Route “A” 65 mile departing at 9.30am from Katesbridge – Castlewellan – Newcastle – Annalong – Ballymartin – Kilkeel – Rostrevor up the Newton road climb to Hilltown – Castlewellan and finishing at Katesbridge.
    Weather permitting turns out bad will turn at kilkeel back to Katesbridge..
    Route “B” 43 mile departing at 9.35am from Katesbridge – Castlewellan – Newcastle – Bryansford - Hilltown – Castlewellan and finishing at Katesbridge.
    Weather permitting turns out bad will turn at Newcastle back to Katesbridge.
    Sign on from 8.30am at Katesbridge hall – changing facilities, toilets and car parking available. Parking also available opposite side of Katesbridge road in the picnic area
    Refreshments will be served at the end of the event – Soup, tea, coffee, sandwiches, buns etc.
    Hall will be closed at 3pm.
    Entry fee for Cycling Ireland license holders - £10 / 12euro – please bring licence to sign on
    Non cycling Ireland £13 / 15euro
    Please note the Tour of Down is not a race and will be a controlled event.
    Marshalls will be on route but may not be present at all junctions.

    For more information on this event please visit

  • BCC Camlough Spring Sixty Sportive

    Date Sunday, 12 Mar 2017
    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 9am.

    Due to large numbers last year, we are limiting entries to 400 riders!

    Cycle starts at 10.00 am from Carrickcruppen GAC. 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.

    All entry will be online, including payment with early bird £15 and £20 thereafter with no registration in the day.

  • Tour of Carlingford

    Date Sunday, 02 Apr 2017
    Length50 miles
    Start PointSilverbridge GFC, Silverbridge

    Organised by Slieve Guillion Wheelers, this 50 mile cycle leaves from Silverbridge GFC at 10am on the 2nd of April.

    For more information, please contact Kevin at

  • Roe Valley 100

    Date Sunday, 09 Apr 2017
    Start PointRoe Valley Leisure Centre

    The Roe Valley 100 route takes in coastal views and inland mountains without ever travelling more than 16 miles from the event HQ in Limavady.    

    More information will be available soon on

  • Drumquin Easter Sunday Tour

    Date Sunday, 16 Apr 2017
    Start PointSt. Patrick's Hall, Drumquin

    For more information, please contact Drumquin CC's Secretary on

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