The reliability trials season has begun, offering cyclists mildly competitive long distance rides throughout January, February and March to get the miles in the legs for the forthcoming season of racing, sportives and time trials.

Most cycling clubs run their own event so it's worth checking with your club. Each reliability event costs no more than a few pounds and each rider receives a certificate for completing the distance in a set target time. Different length routes are often available and a friendly atmosphere is always guaranteed.

This is not in anyway a comprehensive list, there’s too many to mention. If we’ve missed one please email and we’ll add it.

Bexley CC Reliability Ride - 18/1/2009
From 8:30am 30 Mile, 60 mile
Horton Kirby Cricket Club, Kent

Cyclesport Midlands 20th Annual Reliability Trial – 18/1/2009
HQ – Rushwick Village Hall
Start at 9:30am. Distance 50 miles, further details Tel 07971 190872

Harp RC Reliability Ride - 25/1/2009
The 100km events have time bands. Entry fee for each event is in the region of £4.00. Refreshments are available at the HQ for all events. Certificates awarded to riders completing within their selected time band.
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
For details contact Malcolm Putman: 01525 211590

Reg's Winter Warmer - 25/1/2009
Starts at Waterside Garden Centre outside Nailsworth on the Avening road, Gloucestershire.
50 miles

Team Quest – 1/2/2009
100km. The start and finish is from the Ickenham Guide Hut in Community Close in Ickenham and the route travels out towards High Wycombe; Paul Doel at The Bike Shop, North Harrow can explain.
Ickenham Guide Hut
For details contact Paul Doel : 0208 723 4221

VC Revolution Reliability Ride - 1/2/2009
VC Revolution Cycling Club is pleased to promote its 2nd annual Reliability Trial on a sporting course based around the Essex and Suffolk border. A full route card and detailed map will be issued to all riders on the day. Two routes, 50 miles and 28 mile.
Colchester, Essex

Kent VTTA Reliabilty Ride - 1/2/2009
Both rides use the same route for the first 24 miles to Tenterden. The 33 then goes to Woodchurch and back to Bethersden while the 50 goes to Old Romney and Shadoxhurst. The time limits are 2 ¾ or 3 ¼ hours for the 33 miles and 3, 3 ½ or 4 hours for the 50 miles. Entry fee is still £2 in advance or £2.50 on the day.
HQ at Bethersden Village Hall
Ashford, Kent

Ratae R.C. Reliability Ride - 1/2/2009
Choice of 47 mile and 70 mile routes around the Leicestershire countryside.
Entry costs £5 which includes a pint of beer.

Red Lion Reliability Ride - 1/2/2009
A 60 mile route to blow out the winter cobwebs ready for spring. Red Lion Inn, Bobbington, Staffordshire contact Alastair Carr on 07870273034 or e-mail

Hemel Hempstead CC - 8/2/2009
This third reliability trial of the series starts and finishes at the Hemel Hempstead CC clubhouse in Nash Mills recreation centre, near Kings Langley, Hemel Hempstead.
100 and 50km (Start 9:00)
HQ - With refreshments - Hemel Hempstead CC Clubroom
contact Roger Manley: 01442 824271

Old Portlians Reliability Ride - 8/2/2009
We offer 2 rides one of 100Km and the other of 68Km over hilly Kent countryside. Details of the courses are given below.
Halstead Village Hall, Halstead, Kent.
100k starting from 0900hrs, 68k starting from 0930hrs. Event secretary: Andy Green 07748370890

Reg's Winter Warmer - 8/2/2009
Starts at Shepherd's Patch Café, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire. From the A38 carry on through Slimbridge and the cafe is by the canal.
50 miles

Burnham and Baddow Cyclosportive - 8/2/2009
The Southend Wheelers will be running their annual Burnham and Baddow Cyclo Sportive a 40km and 100km Charity Challenge.
East Hanningfield. Essex

Bedfordshire Road Cycling Club – 8/2/2009
The routes take some of the quietest and most picturesque roads available to us in Bedfordshire. The first fixture is a 44 / 59 mile ride, and the second is a 51 / 70 mile ride.

Edgware RC Reliability Ride - 15/02/2009
A slight relief from the previous hilly weeks as you will be delighted with this attractive undulating route. This event starts at the Denham Country Club and travels out to the Thames valley and at Marlow goes south on a fast flattish section through Windsor returning to Denham.
Denham Country Park, Buckinghamshire
HQ - Denham Country Park. For details contact Bob Spencer : 0208 866 9517

Sydenham Wheelers Reliability Trial - 15/02/2009
A choice of 64km and 107km routes in this classic event, starting in Knockholt Village Hall.
North West Kent

Leicestershire Road Club Reliability Trial - 15/02/2009
50 and 60 mile route options.
Birstall, Leicester

Wyre Forest CRC Reliability Trials - 15/2/2009
60 mile route: Stourport - Leominster – Stourport. Start: 9.30am.
£2.00 entry. Entry includes free drinks and cakes at the finish.
Kidderminster, Worcestershire

Willesden CC – 22/2/2009
100km/60km route choices.
contact John Williams : 07880 501105

Bedfordshire Road Cycling Club – 22/2/2009
The routes take some of the quietest and most picturesque roads available to us in Bedfordshire. The first fixture is a 44 / 59 mile ride, and the second is a 51 / 70 mile ride.

CC Luton – 1/3/2009
100 km and 40 miles (start 9.30)
HQ - Edlesborough Village Hall
For details contact Philip Eaton : 01582 721250

London Phoenix Easter Classic – 13/4/2009
The start and finish are at the picturesque and conveniently-located Fairlop Waters Country Park.
Fairlop Waters Country Park, Essex